12 September 2015

BACK TO UNI #1 | Planning and Goals

Whether you're reading this post as someone who's been to uni and is going back or someone who's starting uni for the first time, I have some tips that might help make it a lot easier. I should start by mentioning that this post is going to be a series of 3 that I'll publish at intervals through September and early October. You can follow me on Bloglovin' here so that you don't miss a post! This particular one focuses on planning and goals.

One of the best ways to feel organised and get organised is to think of your goals and plan them out- whether that's project deadlines, personal goals like reading a book for your essay or actually writing that essay with time to spare. I'll be honest- I'm the worst for time management and I'm super messy, even though I love feeling organised. I totally need to work on the way I handle things if I want better grades this year so here's some tips I came up with to help!

Break down your goal
Separate it into days or weeks, then page numbers you want to reach each day/week, or drawings you want to do per day, how much research you'd like to do each day or what number on your word count you're aiming for.
Get yourself a planner
This way you can see your goals out in front of you and check them off as you go. Always allow time for proofreading, editing or correcting! You don't want to hit the day of deadline, realise that you've done all of your work but not checked through. An awesome printable one can be found here.
Allow a lot of breaks
Don't forget to schedule in a couple of days off. If you overwork yourself you can end up sick, stressed and not working to your full potential, then what's the point of working at all? Let yourself chill out.
Reward yourself
If you can help it, don't jump straight into the next task! It's tempting when you're on a roll but go out, take a train somewhere for the day or treat yourself to a full bottle of wine (whatever you've missed while you were working so hard!) and you'll feel more motivated to work towards your next deadline.

Good luck to anyone starting uni this month, you're going to have the time of your life, meet lots of new people and learn more about yourself than you ever even wanted to! You can read my 10 tips for surviving first year here.


Let me know if you have any more tips on goals and planning, I'd like to read them in the comments!
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