It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela
When you get to the college, a lot of things will change. From the lifestyle trough your free time to your routine.
I don’t know you, but I have a liking for creating a routine. However, it wasn’t always like this.
When somebody said the word “routine”, it gave me goosebumps all over my body. Routine was something I considered as lack of fun or a boredom and I never took it seriously.
But then something inside me changed and I realised that if I want to enjoy the life at the college (and not to only survive), the routine is a kind of need that will actually save your ass. And so, I started creating one and give it a try.
Here is my morning college routine.
6.30 AM Wake up
This is the part when I usually wake up. Even if I have my alarm is set up for 7 AM, I always wake up just before it makes any noise.
My boyfriend is not an early riser and so I usually just lie in the bed until 7 to not wake him up.
7.00 – 7.15 AM Motivational moment
When I find one’s feet, I open the window to let in some fresh air, grab some book and read at least 5 pages. To be honest, this is something that I don’t do every day. So, time to time I just lie and think about things I am grateful for.
7.20 – 7.30 AM Breakfast time
This is my favourite part. I follow the rule that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
So, when I prepare my breakfast, I try to mix a little bit of fruit, vegetable and add some bread with cheese. Usually, I eat what I want but mostly it’s quite healthy food (no beef or hamburger, yuck!) with baked goods.
While I am eating my breakfast, I read a few blog posts from my favourite blogs or from Pinterest. I also check my email and how did my blog the day before.
At this time is important for me to read or watch something positive for inspirational and a better day. I recommend you this one from Jon Jandai or this one from Patti Dobrowolski on Draw Your Future.
7.30 – 8.00 AM Get dressed
After my breakfast, there is a time for a hygiene and picking up my outfit. I choose my outfit mostly a night before (or have an idea). But sometimes I realise it’s different from what I imagined and so I spent a little while with choosing another one.
8.05 – 8.15 Plans plans everywhere!
Before I go to class, I take my bullet journal and my diary and plan my day in advance. I try to write down every single thing I need to do that day and order it from the hardest to easiest one.
Also, I make some time to prepare a new blog post and craft new topics for next days.
How I get things done during the day
There is something magical about organising your time. You know, when you have your life at least a little bit under the control.
I am not telling you to plan your whole life because this is something that I will never understand. But when you start organising days, you will see that you have much more time than before.
Here are some tricks I use when I need to get things done.
1| Make a To-Do list
I know that you’ve heard that gazillion times but fortunately it’s true. As I said above, when you get to the college, things change and one of these things is your time. Without organisation, you are practically lost.
And I am not overreacting, that’s the fact, darling. So, don’t forget to write every task down to have a good overview.
2| Use The Pomodoro technique
Some of you know this technique and some of you have no idea what it is. For those, who hear this for the first time, it’s a technique that uses the rule 25/5. That means you use 25 minutes for studying/working and 5 minutes for taking a break. When you want to continue, just set the timer for 25 minutes and let’s back to the work.
The breaks between those 25 minutes actually motivate you to keep going in your work or study and offer you to relax for a few minutes.
3| Unplug from distraction
This is the hard one, right? I know. But for us who have these hard times, I found an amazing app that will help us to make it trough. It’s called StayFocusd (for Chrome) and it an app that allows blocking sites that distract you from working. You can give yourself an hour per day in which you can sign up for facebook or browse the internet.
Recommended for those who are lost in the endless distraction.
4| A big diary
If you take organisation really seriously, then you need a big diary. Okay, it doesn’t have to be that big but just for your need. Keep it with yourself everywhere you go and write down everything you need to do.
Trust me when I say, that the diary is the most important college essential.
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I would like to know what is your morning college routine looks like. And also, do you have some tricks how you get things done? Let’s chat in comments!
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