24/02/17 || So I’m officially done with my exams at least for this session (my last one was yesterday and it went super well). I have three days of break before the second semester starts again and I’m so tired, I’m happy to have this break but I don’t know if I want to start lessons again. I’m sorry I’ve been quite inactive lately but getting ready for this exam was hard, I had just 6 days and that was the priority, I am now relaxing and I’m gonna try and be more active.
These are the 6 habits that I try to practice in order to be my most productive self.
✔️1. Healthy Habit Tracker
The best way to be healthy, both mentally and physically, is to track your habits. This will help you to monitor when you complete the daily tasks you have set out to do. For example how much water you have drunk, if you got enough sleep and whether you have done exercise. This can also be extended to things like reading or doing certain daily school tasks which are pretty routine.
✔️2. Write It ALL Down
It helps to have everything written down that you need to do, and how much you need to get done in a day. Being able to see all of your to-do’s in one place each day will help you keep tabs on what you still have to do and the time frame in which you should be doing it.
✔️3. Plan Ahead
Make sure you aren’t leaving things for the last minute. In my opinion, if you want to be the most efficient version of yourself, you need to plan in advance. Set aside time each day to plan the next few days or week ahead. Try as much as you can to diarise certain tasks and then plan how you are going to stick to them. By having deadlines you will motivate yourself to stick to them, and can get so much more done in a day than if you play it by ear. Trust me. [tip: reward yourself for particularly difficult tasks — like getting some new washi tapes]
✔️4. Keep Your Journal on You
Always remember to keep your journal in the same place. I always leave mine on my desk next to my bag, so if I’m in a hurry I can never forget it. This may sound silly but making a habit of always having your journal on you is important as you never know when you will need to add something to your list, or to reference your journal. theres no point having an organised planner but you never have it on you to reference, which means you may forget half of whats in it.
✔️5. One Hour of Admin
No one likes to do admin. But its a necessity and putting it off will only make it worse. Set aside one hour of your day, without any distractions, to get all your admin done. Be it making calls and getting small things at home sorted that have been nagging you, or filing notes, and even getting things in your room in order. This would be the time to get your life in order, without doing anything that really ticks off big items.
✔️6. Treat Yo Self.
Im a solid believer in treating yourself. Long afternoon naps and strong cups of coffee, my two favourites. While treating yourself may not increase your productivity directly, and if taken too far could counter it, but by taking some tim to look after yourself you will feel less stressed and will be able to function at a higher level. I know that when I get too stressed I become forgetful and worry more about not getting things done than actually spending time on getting those things done, which is just plain counterproductive. So I invest a couple minutes a day to treat myself. It can even be a nice facial and doing my eyebrows, to having coffee with a friend at my favourite cafe. By looking after your own mental health you will be doing so much more for yourself than just having a few minutes a day of treating yourself, you will foster a healthier and happier mindset that can help you excel.
28/9/16 2:46 PM // This week’s bullet journal spread + some minor details. (This picture was taken on Monday, hence all the unchecked boxes.)
Term break but actually busier than normal school days.
I just came back from a three-day trip to Bandung and I’m currently studying for the general SAT tests this Saturday (wish me luck!). Super nervous because it’ll be my first time doing it and the reading and essay content is quite different from what I’m used to. Oh, and if any of you know any tips for the SAT, please tell me, I’d really appreciate it :)
My phone is damaged so it’s hard to take good pictures so bare with me. Some algorithm notes I made a couple of days back. I drew a lot today which was good as i needed a break from school related things. However, I’ll jump right back into work again from tomorrow and get into the study mood once more.
05/11/16 || I’ve studied loads today, underlined the notes of the past week, read a chapter of my book and done a little bit of my scheme and I’ve reached once again my daily goal for NaNoWriMo.
I’m so happy that I’ve been this productive and that I’m also keeping up with this new project, I’ll be honest with you I was a bit unsure about doing it because this is the busiest month of the year for me and I’ve never done anything like this, but I like a good challenge and I’m doing my best.
Also guys today I looked at my uni website and I saw a master I would LOVE to do after my degree, I’m so bloody happy right now.
20/8/16 1:15 PM // writing essays and bullet journaling at starbucks while waiting for my music theory lesson to start. just did an SAT practice test. will go to a friend’s house this evening to work on a project for a school event. p.s. will answer asks soon 😁
1. Draw up a study timetable and block in all activities,
work, lectures, and any household or other responsibilities you may have.
Include meal times and travel time. Be realistic. This should be an actual
timetable, which is possible, not some ideal that can never be achieved. Make
enough copies to cover all the weeks leading up to exams or assessment.
2. Work out your most effective study times. When do you
study best? Morning, afternoon or evening? Personally, I study best in the
evenings and at night so I try to finish all my chores and homework before the
night kicks in so that I can study in the night without worries.
3. Consider: Which subjects need the most study and
revision? Estimate how many hours you think you need for each subject and try
to match this with the hours available in your weekly planner.
4. Block in some study times, preferably 2-4 hours at a
time, with 5-10 minutes’ break every 40-50 minutes.
5. Start at exam periods or due dates for assignments and
work backwards, blocking in more study time in the relevant subject closer to
the exam/due date. Make sure that you prepare for each exam over several days
and don’t fill up the last few days too heavily. Also put in any events which
may affect your study times, such as birthdays, social events and work
6. You may want to plan in detail for each study session.
Write down which lecture/topic/text you will be researching/ reviewing. This
way, you can ensure that you will cover all the required information in the
times you have allocated. Consider: What do I want to achieve in this session?
(Example: summary/ notes / list of definitions/ language exercise/ essay plan/
list of resources/ timeline). Where will I need to study? Do I need access to a
computer/ the internet/ the library?
7. If you have some smaller amounts of time available for
study, consider how they could be used: skim reading an article, proofing a
draft, sorting a bibliography, organizing reference cards, etc. Travel time on
public transport can also be used for reading.
What after that? Start using your study timetable! See how well it works.
What did you leave out? It can be changed as you go, but do this consciously:
look at what is not working, which areas you need more time in and change the
timetable. This is much better than just throwing the timetable away. Then you
can be sure that you will still cover all the material you need to. I know you’ll rock those exams!
Hope this helped you out. You can always send me requests for masterposts since my ask box is always open! :’)