We’re getting to that point of semester where things are starting to become a little hectic. We have a mountain of assessment looming, professional experience starts next week and all in all it kind of feels like this might be the beginning of the end.
But it’s not all gloom and doom ! I know that I’ll get over this hurdle because I have a pretty cool set of steps that I follow when things get super busy.
Step 1: Exercise
The first thing most people (myself included) do when things get crazy is stop exercising. “I don’t have time” and “I’ll work on my assessment instead” are the two things I tell myself right before I skip my workout and spend 3 hours watching Netflix.
I’m sure there are some fancy statistics out there that will tell you all about how good exercise is for your health (physical AND mental) ; but if you’re too lazy to google them (like me) then just take my word on it – EXERCISE WILL HELP YOU FEEL BETTER. My brain always feels more focused and less cloudy when I exercise consistently – and it doesn’t have to be a whole cross-fit workout – sometimes just getting out of the house and taking my dogs for a walk is enough to re-energise my brain.
Step 2: Food
PUT DOWN THOSE RED FROGS!!! Again, during marathon study sessions it is all too easy to sneak downstairs to woolies (Australian grocery shop) and spend all your money on delicious, sugary goodness to try and invigorate your super-student status. BUT take it from a girl who has eaten her fair share of red frogs (and drunk a fair bit of redbull) in her time … the crash isn’t worth it. Save those things for your “after-party” (i.e. as a reward for when you finish studying) that way, when that inevitable sugar crash comes you can just go to bed ❤ ❤ ❤
Step 3: Bed-Time
This is literally my favourite time of the day ❤ If I was an animal I’d be a sloth, or a cat, or a koala (they sleep 22 hours a day!!!). Don’t neglect your bed time – this one is the one I struggle with the most. More than once in the past week I’ve woken up in the middle of the night stressy and anxious over one or more of my assignment pieces and as a result I’ve gotten up, stayed up, worked all night and then been completely useless in all my lectures the next day. Plan your sleep and stick to it. Don’t drink coffee before bed (sounds obvious but sometimes I forget) and stay away from sugar.
Step 4: Plan Like a Boss
This is my favourite step ❤ I adore anything that is organised, and worship schedules. For example the time it is taking me to write this post was scheduled into my weekly timetable, which I organise and manage using iCloud.
For example.. this is what my next 4 weeks looks like…
I organise everything into individual calendars (some of which aren’t displayed above – because they wouldn’t all fit). I set reminders and I sync everything to my iPhone, iPad, Macs and Fitbit – so that no matter where I am or what I’m doing I’ll always get a little reminder for my appointments.
If you don’t like iCloud there are multitudes of other apps and programs out there that will let you do the exact same thing. Or if you’re a pen and paper sort of gal (or guy) then go for it – AmeliaLane is my favourite place to buy physical planners ❤ I’m currently using the 2018 desktop daily as my “Teacher Diary” and it is beyond fabulous (but that’s another story for another time…(https://amelialanepaper.com.au)).
Step 5: Remember You?
The last AND MOST IMPORTANT STEP. Don’t forget about yourself. Take time to smell the roses, or sit by the ocean, or get your nails done (I’m doing this today SO EXCITED).
Don’t forget about your family ❤ (Unfortunately my poor fiancé always seems to be the one who suffers the most when I get stressy (mega cow alert)) so working on that has been one of my personal goals for this year (and yes it’s going well ❤ lucky he loves me).
Spend time with your besties ❤ talk about nonsense, watch that trashy television program – “you do you, boo” (Davine, MAF). And remember at the end of the day if you’re truly unhappy then its not worth it. It’s ok to drop a subject or two – college isn’t going anywhere ❤ Take a year off – follow your heart and good things will follow ❤
Ok, thats all for now my lovelies … I’m off to pilates then I’m doing a group study session ❤ ❤ ❤