Procrastination is an old friend of mine. Sometimes, I’ll invite procrastination over for tea and he’ll stay for a week. If you can honestly tell me procrastination has never overstayed his welcome, then this post isn’t for you. I don’t think I have any advice that could help.
As much as I like to think I’m on the ball, it’s only within the last few months that I’ve been battling my procrastination habit. Let me tell you, it’s a hard habit to break. So don’t think of this list as me telling you I’m perfect and have all the answers (trust me, I’m far from perfect). Instead, think of it as a friend helping a friend with strategies for productivity.
Before tackling the big stuff, it’s important to answer three questions: why do you do it? When are you most productive? And what are you in the mood to do?
From there, figuring out how to tackle procrastination and boost your productivity is a piece of cake.
I’m a firm believer in studying before you have to. If the only time you crack open a book is finals week, then your grades are likely to reflect that. Just like anything else, in order to get good grades you have to practice. You wouldn’t expect to impress Gordon Ramsay if you’ve never even stepped foot in a kitchen before, so why do you expect to get good grades if you don’t go to classes?
Below are some killer study tips to carry you through the whole semester, not just to help you coast through the last week.
Having a roommate can be both the most amazing experience, and a really tough one. For some people, getting a roommate in university leads to what is essentially an assigned best friend. In order for any roommate situation to work, there needs to be a lot of open communication.
I know some people who’ve grown incredibly close to their roommates and that’s great! For others, (like myself) a lack of communication can lead to simply co-existing with your roommate. You want to at least be on good chatting terms with the person who can watch you sleep.
So, if you’re getting a new roommate this fall (or just need to check in with some old ones!) I have a comprehensive list of questions you should ask your roommate to get to know each other.
Even if you have siblings (which I don’t), there’s something different about having a roommate. While every dorm is different, this is someone you’ll be sharing a very small space with for roughly eight months. You’re going to want to be on good terms with this person, trust me.
The best piece of advice I can offer someone trying to be a good roommate is be a decent human being. That’s really all it takes. Remember the golden rule? Treat others how you’d like to be treated? Yeah, that applies to roommate situations.
There’s something you should probably know about me. I love school. Even when I’m having a difficult time with classes, I can’t bring myself to abandon my love of education. A lot of people think I’m crazy, but love doesn’t always make sense.
That being said, I enjoy the break I get in the summer like any other gal. For a few months I don’t have to worry about my GPA or how I’m going to fit everything into my crazy schedule. All I’m responsible for is working and spending time with friends.
Since my schedule relaxes during the summer, I tend to let myself get a little… lazy when it comes to my normal routines. I barely look at my planner and my bedtime routine completely falls apart. From May-August, this is completely okay, but come September I know I need to kick my bum back into gear.
If this sounds like you, I have a few things you can do in August to make sure you’re ready to kick September’s bum.
This past school year, my first in university, jump started my desire to feed myself properly. Until moving across the country, I had never considered what it took to eat a balanced meal. Sure, sometimes I would have to cook for myself but there was always someone around (my mom) to make sure I got enough nutrients at the end of the day.
My school boasts that it offers “tasty and varied menus”, something I would say is a flat out lie. Even without my dietary restrictions, varied isn’t a word I would put anywhere near what Sodexo serves and tasty is subjective.
Their many versions of the potato were certainly tasty (and I did learn this year that I can survive off just potatoes and milk alone), but they didn’t always do a lot to contribute to a healthy meal.
Some of this is on me. I’m a vegetarian who eats vegan as often as possible. However, it quickly became apparent to everyone I knew that we were going to have to get creative if we wanted a balanced diet. Or if we wanted to have meals that varied day to day.
People eat in meal hall because they have to and for the social aspect, they don’t do it for the great food.
It’s that time of year. Whether you like it or not, you’re probably about to start school in September and for some of you, this is going to be the first time you’re going to school away from home. Do you even know what you’re going to put on your college packing list?
While I’ve done exchanges before and kind of knew what stuff I might need in a dorm room, I still looked all over pinterest for what kind of stuff I might want to bring to school. Not just for functionality, but for decoration! Having never seen my dorm before (or even been to my new city!) I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to bring on a plane with me from home to start myself off and what I wanted to get as time went on. Personally, I’d hold off on most purchases until you’ve lived in your dorm for about a week.
Turns out, there are a lot of things you don’t actually need in your college dorm. Remember, this room is super small and you’re only in it for a 8 months. You probably don’t need everything you think you do, so if you’re ready to start a packing list keep on scrolling.
Transitions are hard. When high school finished, I truly believed I was about to get everything I wanted. I was 18, going to university across the country, and finishing the planning for my big solo trip to Europe. Surely, all this meant I was an adult. Little Maggie had dreamed of this moment.
Graduation meant leveling up.
With all the arrogance of someone who thinks they’re prepared for everything, I barely listened to what people had to tell me about going to university. No matter what they told me, my first year was going to be perfect. I wouldn’t have regrets or mistakes to learn from.
I don’t know if that was optimism or just plain foolishness, but I do have some regrets and mistakes to learn from. Hopefully, you’ll listen to my advice more than I would have. I’m not saying that finishing my first year means I know best (or even that I know anything at all), but I do think it grants me some authority on the subject of surviving freshman year. I made it out alive after all.