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Make the most of 2017

The new year is just about to start and with that comes new opportunities to make the most of your education – whether that be in the form of private or public accomplishments/rewards. Here are some things that I do to take advantage of every second I have.

Keep a planner/bullet journal. This one is a given, but I feel like not everybody listens when I say that keeping up with this is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I write down everything that I need to do, regardless of whether it’s school related or not.

  • If you know that you need to do it, write it down.
  • Keep track of important dates and anything you plan.
  • Keep it with you so that it’s always there for reference.
  • When I cross things that I’ve done off I feel so happy and motivated to do more.

Make lists for everything. This goes with the first point, but this goes for more random things too. You have a few things you want to buy? Make a list. You have some ideas for a project? Make a list. You want something new for your study space? Make a list.

  • You can compile lists so that they don’t get too overwhelming or you can keep separate lists for everything to keep yourself more organized.
  • When you make lists, you keep yourself in order.
  • Organize your lists by priority so that you always have the most important things in the forefront of your mind.
  • I can draw little sketches in the margin that make me laugh so that I’m already in a good mood when focusing on what I need to do.

Use stationary that you like. We all se studyblrs everywhere using Mildliners and Muji products. While that gives us all somethings in common, it’s not always practical. Using the products that you like for x, y, and z reasons will make you happier and more motivated to do work. If that happens to be the products aforementioned, then use them! The point is, you do you, and you will be more productive in the long-run.

Have a study space that works for you. You have to enjoy where you will be for the next eight few hours before you can start to focus on your work. If you’re not completely comfortable then you won’t enjoy studying and learning.

  • Make a space your so you feel more comfortable and ready to hit the books.
  • Have a couple of backup spaces for when you’re not feeling that go-to space. Changing it up once in a while will prevent your work from feeling like work and help you find that motivation again.

Take breaks every once in a while.

  • Whether you feel you need them every half-hour or every three, use them!
  • Do something productive on your break or don’t – whatever helps you feel better.
  • I personally prefer to take a break from one subject by working on something else that I need to do or eating a small and healthy snack. By staying productive I feel better when I get back to what I was originally working on.
  • However, sometimes I like to catch up on a show I’m watching or read a couple of chapters from the book I’m reading. Staying productive can help motivation, but sometimes you just need to do nothing for a while. And that’s okay.

Set goals for yourself. When you have a goal, you are more likely to be motivated and stay productive.

  • Small or large goals, keep them in mind.
  • Set goals for what you need to do before your next break.
  • Set goals for the day, week, even month.
  • Imagine where you want to be by the end of a certain time period and work towards it.
  • When you reach your goal, reward yourself! You deserve it!

Be stern with yourself. You are your biggest cheerleader, so make sure that you stay on top and finish your tasks. You will feel better finishing that paper today than you will when you have to finish it tomorrow. You can do it, so make sure that you do.

Go to sleep early and wake up early. A healthy sleep schedule is key to motivation and productivity.

  • Start by waking up early. You will have a longer day to do what you need to and will feel better when you finish earlier.
  • When you wake up earlier you will naturally want to go to sleep earlier. Use this chance to stop staying up all night.

Music can make or break you.

  • If you prefer to study in silence, then go for the quietest place you can find. If you prefer listening to music, choose your music wisely.
  • Classical music is my go-to, but sometimes I need faster-paced music to make that twenty-page paper less of a drag. Understand what you need to finish a certain task without losing concentration or falling asleep.

Utilize the studyblr community and others around you. Personally, I am fairly new to having a studyblr, but I already have made great strides in my productivity by using the advice and help of others.

  • Find someone studying similar courses as you. They can help you understand a certain topic or guide you to a great online resource.
  • Use the accomplishments of others as your own motivation to get work done. When you see others succeeding, you will also want to succeed.
  • Talk to others when you are feeling down. If they don’t completely understand, at least they can be a way for you to vent your feelings.
  • Get to know others in your class. Having the number of that nice person that sits next to you in class will really come in handy when you least expect it. And you can make a friend somewhere along the way.

Remember, you don’t have to utilize everything listed above! Even using just one or two things will help you be more productive and feel better. And the best part is that you can change thing to make them fit your life!

In this year, I hope you all do your best! I would love to hear from you.

Xx Rhianna

Studying isn’t all color coded notes and cute organizational methods.

It’s chugging cold water at 2 am because this essay is so close to being done

It’s having multiple lights on just to stay awake

It’s having a bad week and Oh god where is my textbook? Why do I have a plate of uneaten eggo waffles on my desk and how old are they?

It’s debating if you really need to do this, or you can just bs it.

Studying isn’t always pretty.

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21 january 8:44am // taking a break in between exams and interviews. 

alternately decorating a starbucks cup, reading a bob dylan biography, and designing bujo spreads (while listening to the hamilton mixtape) are my new favorite methods of procrastination

ig: @revisicn

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[monday 28/01/17, 12:45]
happy cny everyone!! 新年快乐🎊
haven’t posted any original content in such a long time whoops! but here are the cue cards i used in my english iop last tuesday - admittedly spent longer on them than i should have… ☆彡

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W E E K 2 .F E B 2 0 1 7
The workload caught me off guard ㅜㅜ
I’ve gotten homework for pretty much every class I had (which is expected, but at the start? Gah ( ;´Д`) )

This is one of my favourite pages when I went to 彩虹 with a friend on one of our last-minute runs. (The public housings are painted in rainbow colours)