After what seems like a lifetime since Christmas, we’ve made it to the Easter holidays! Unfortunately, for third year students in particular, these holidays aren’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 I’m doing and that help me to work more efficiently! Hopefully they can help you as well…
Eat and sleep
I know it’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 I’m in the library or I don’t have time to cook, and I’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.
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? I’m totally wild.
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. I’ll often do library sessions with other people who I know are studious because I find it forces me to work. It’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 other’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?
Don’t stop doing fun things!
Yes, you should be working hard, but that doesn’t mean that it’s all that you should be doing. If you’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 – 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 it’s something that I really look forward to. We have so much fun and it really de-stresses me.