The Power of To Do Lists 

Some people love to do lists, some people don’t get them and can do them mentally. I personally find nothing more satisfying than ticking off a to do list.

I break my to do list into sections. I use different colours for the,  so I have cleaning, college, irish sometimes blogging. I just section off what I need to do that day.

Under each section I write the task. I normally always write cleaning first as I like to get that out of the way and I am a firm believer in tidy desk tidy mind! I try to only spend twenty minutes  on each task so I can then move onto the next sometimes I need to go back to finish it but I work best in twenty blocks with a 10 minute break. Sometimes I do my cleaning in the break! I find it therapeutic.

Make sure you tick off everything you do and sometimes you do things that weren’t on your to do list and I write them in after too so you can see how productive your day was.

What are your thoughts on To do lists? Do you love them hate them?

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To Do list is from Premier Stationary Ireland.

Did you see my last organisation Post!

Top Tips to be Organised and Productive in College

College Organisation

 

Although I have always been pretty organised, to the point I like to organise everyone around me! I thought I would share some of my tips to help you in life and more importantly in college.

 

  1. Attitude: Nothing beats a positive attitude. I know it can be hard sometimes but it makes such a difference when you need to tackle something such as those chores or a college assignment.
  2. Planner: Get yourself a planner (I use a filofax) It will keep you so organised and the prettier the better.
  3. Use your planner: There is not point having one if you are not going to use it . Do you want to see a planner blog post next? Comment below!
  4. To Do List: I write these on a hourly, daily, weekly basis! I am obsessed and I have a rule that if I write it down I have to do it. To Do lists just keep you focused.
  5. Sundays: Before the week starts I like to sit down and plan my week see whats coming up, what I want to achieve. You can be as quick or slow at this as you like. When I know what I have to do for the week it focuses me and I don’t have to check my planner as much.
  6. Make an Assignment List: I do this at the start of every semesters at the end  of week one when you know what assignments are due and when. I just open a word document and write out all my assignment and when they are due and then I re-orgainse them into date order. I also put tick boxes along the side! Nothing better than ticking off tasks!
  7. Morning Routine: Try to get up at the same time every morning even on the weekends. I try to get up between 6:30/7.
  8. Yoga: I have always loved yoga but now that I am practicing it everyday. I have noticed such a huge difference in myself! and not just the fact I can now touch my toes without screaming! Yoga not only stretches out your body, it relaxes you by just giving you some me time! I can’t imagine my mornings without it now!
  9. Figure out your most productive time: I know that I get nothing done between 3-5. I just have no focus at this time so I tend to do more “doing” tasks such as cleaning my room or relaxing. Its only two hours out of your day so I wouldn’t stress if you know you don’t work at this time. My most productive time is 8-11am and 6:30-9:30pm. I tend to do most of my college work during these hours
  10. Clean Desk Clean Mind: I am a huge believer in having a clean clutter free desk, I clean it after every task by putting these away just 5 minutes of doing this makes a huge difference.

Those are my ten tips. I hope you enjoy this type of blogpost and it comes in useful. Tweet me @laurenaalice if you liked it and want to see more! You can also tweet me your tips because I love to hear them! I know this is a little different to normal but I love these type of blog posts.

 

Happy Sunday x

 

10 Tips for College Exam Week

“This is The Beginning of Anything You Want”

Its coming up to that time of year when your college assignments are almost finished and its time to start studying for exam week. But don’t panic I have 10 tips to help you coming up to your exam weeks to help you get through it.

  1. PLAN

I plan everything I like to have all my task written down. I am a very visual person so I like to make a big chart of the the things I need to learn for each exam and then I break them down into smaller sections that I can tackle each day to the exam.

2.  HAVE YOUR NOTES IN ORDER

This is something you should have been doing from the start but if you haven’t don’t worry there is still time. Organise your notes, write out the powerpoint only including important information. I file my notes by section so that when I come to study I can just take that section out and I can ignore the rest.

3. FIND YOUR STUDY HAPPY PLACE

This might be in the library, just FYI I hate the library. I am so unproductive in there.  For me I like to study in a  corner in my room that is for study only. I like to be able to spread my stuff out and get as many cups of tea as I want!

4. TAKE BREAKS

On that note you need to take breaks, I vary how I take breaks sometimes its after I finish a task or its after 50 minutes.

5.  TAKE NOTES FROM YOUR LECTURERS

If you listen carefully they drop hints all through the semester and let you know what there looking for in an answer.

6.  GET SAMPLE PAPER

Don’t let the first time you see an exam paper be in the exam! Print a few out and just bullet point what you would include in your answer. It really helps you to focus and to help you seek the gaps.

7.  REMEMBER THE END GOAL

We are all doing this for one reason, for it to end and we can move on to our careers. You have to be focused and realise its not forever.

8.  RELAX

Practice some mindfulness whether it is some yoga or my favourite some colouring or reading a book. Take some time out to relax.

9.  SWITCH OFF AT 9PM

I have always had a cut off point of 9pm even the night before exams. There is nothing worse than being tired. Get to bed earlier relax. The night before an exam, I read over some last minute bullet points and subconsciously you will be thinking about them in your sleep. Little bit creepy but its only for a night!  With switching off at 9pm you need to be up early. I aim to get up around 6:30/7 everyday you will be amazed with how much you get down when your up that earlier.

10.  BE POSITIVE

You are going to get the grades if you put in the effort. So don’t stress and it will be over before you know it.

What are you tips for exams? Leave them in the comment section.

L x