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So…Term 2. Anyone else feel like this online palaver has had its day? Can we go back to actual lectures, I miss signing in then skedaddling off to Costa for a caramel oat latte. That latte enjoyed whilst I should be engrossed in Foucault’s theory of discourse is the highlight of my day; with that gone I have to be my “I’m totally focused on my studies and not Bridgeton” self, surviving off Lidl’s finest coffee granules. That’s reality for you folks.
But in all seriousness, it’s been hard for many of us, not just because of the lack of lattes but also having to work from home, if that’s here in the UK or abroad, has been challenging. Speaking for myself, I’ve been stuck at my partner’s house since December; I’m not saying it’s been awful because I’ve been lucky enough to be with my partner for Christmas, Valentines and now our first Pancake Day together but it has been hard trying to work without my own space. I know lots of us have had to move back into shared rooms with siblings, forced to complete essays and reading without any of the books and shoddy Wi-Fi whilst still paying £9250 for facilities we can only dream about. Definitely not the university experience we signed up for, but let’s stop moaning about it for just a second and start looking at the glass half full, not half empty. I know it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel but eventually, this chapter will end and when it does wouldn’t you prefer to know that you used this time productively rather than slumming it up, living off tacos and gummy worms. I know I would, so why not set some goals? It’s never too late.
We’re all tired with deadlines looming so I’ll keep this short and sweet. Go and buy some post-it notes. I promise these bad boys will seriously help you with productivity. Each morning write a to-do list on one of your post-it notes, this can be as long or as short as you like; I aim for about 4-5 things. Now stick that post-it note on the back of your laptop so it’s part of your work zone; every time you complete one of the tasks you can tick it off. At the end of the day, you can rub out your completed list or scrunch it up and throw it in the bin. Either way, this simple trick will really help you feel more productive, giving you a visual rundown of your daily achievements. If that’s completing your 10,000 steps or just having a shower, everything counts. Some days I’m proud I got up, showered, ate breakfast, and worked for an hour or so. You can’t expect yourself to be super productive every day, it’s healthy to have rest days. Having a good work balance is key to staying productive, your routine has to be sustainable or you’ll never stick to it. Aha yeh, don’t worry I won’t make any more post-it note puns but seriously go pop down to WHSmith’s and get some today. Revitalise your productivity with the new post-it hack and let’s start drinking from a glass half full.