๐Ÿ˜– Getting Through Third Year ๐Ÿ˜–

After what seems like a lifetime since Christmas, weโ€™ve made it to the Easter holidays! Unfortunately, for third year students in particular, these holidays arenโ€™t really a period of rest and recuperation. But even though the majority of my time will be spent finalising and perfecting my dissertation, I have discovered some ways to help me to enjoy the work Iโ€™m doing and that help me to work more efficiently! Hopefully they can help you as wellโ€ฆ

Eat and sleep

I know itโ€™s a boring mummy thing to say, HOWEVER, it is so important to be getting enough sleep every night and enough food in you. I have definitely fallen victim to skipping a meal because Iโ€™m in the library or I donโ€™t have time to cook, and Iโ€™ve definitely tried to stay up way past my bedtime to try and squeeze more work in. It caught up with me after a week or so and my work suffered as a result. If I get at least seven hours sleep every night and eat three healthy but substantial meals a day, my head is in the right place and I feel so much better going in to a study session.

 
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Create your work space

It took me the best part of an evening to do up my room the way I wanted it but it was so worth it! In the evenings I tend to do a lot of my work from my bed so I wanted to make sure that my room felt cosy and comforting, with lots of colour and natural light coming in to create a positive environment. That way I actually look forward to coming back from training in the evening and cosying into bed with a hot chocolate and my hot water bottle to do some work. I know right? Iโ€™m totally wild.

 
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Do it with other people!

Although I enjoy working from the comfort of home, I find I work really well in the library with one or two other people to work with. Iโ€™ll often do library sessions with other people who I know are studious because I find it forces me to work. Itโ€™s also nice to combine a little social interaction with studying from time to time! Last week, my friend made us an incredible afternoon tea before we spent the afternoon going through each otherโ€™s assignments and making sure we were up to speed with everything. Is there a better way to do work than over scones, cakes and numerous pots of tea?

 
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Donโ€™t stop doing fun things!

Yes, you should be working hard, but that doesnโ€™t mean that itโ€™s all that you should be doing. If youโ€™ve worked hard enough during the week give yourself Saturday off and maybe a night off during the week. Go for a drink or dinner with friends, have a movie night with the gals โ€“ just take your mind off it so you can go in guns ablaze the next day with the studying. Every Tuesday night I do my radio show with my friend Henry and itโ€™s something that I really look forward to. We have so much fun and it really de-stresses me.