Online Semester – Tips & Tricks

Hey my loves,

Like many of you I am bound to stay at home and have my summer semester at home. This is a scary time, so I thought it would be nice to tell you some of my tips and tricks on how I organize while studying and working from home. 

I am actually doing two master’s degree so my situation might be a little different than yours, but I feel like what I am about tell you applies to pretty much every college student. My semester was supposed to start early April, but because of the current situation my college decided to push the start off the semester for two weeks. Both my colleges actually pushed their start date, which meant I had a little bit more time to get adjusted to the new normal.

Now, I had a pretty rough period of adjusting around the end of March, but I made quick changes with my situation, so I could bare the situation a lot easier. If you want I can write a post about how I stay sane during this quarantine. Let me know in the comments.

Schedule your day

I know, everyone keeps saying this, but this actually does help. If you have a set schedule for each day you are likely to be more motivated and get stuff done. My lecturers have for the most part decided to not use any form of Zoom, although a handful does like to keep that option open. If you have classes that are on Zoom that actually helps a lot, because you need to sit at your laptop and actually do some school work. But, if your situation is like mine, here’s how you can schedule your day.

Set an alarm 

Sleeping in sounds good until you have to go back to normality. What I like to do is to set an alarm each day, even if it is a late one, just so I get out of back and start my day. 

Take time in the morning for yourself

Now, I’m normally an out of bed in my clothes and makeup and let’s-go type of gal, but since I am home I can actually take some time for myself. What I like to do is, first thing, is to wash my face or shower and put on some casual wear, sweatpants are totally okay. It helps me so much to wake up and feel productive if I get a little ready, so on some days I even put on a little bit of makeup, mostly for the days I have a Skype Call for work. I would do it normally, so why not in Quarantine, too.

Separate eating from work

One thing I learned is: take time to make a decent meal and eat it not while you’re working. It is so easy to just snack all the time or not eat healthy during this time, so taking time out of your day to cook and prepare good and nutritious food is so helpful. But, in my case cooking everyday can actually be difficult because I am that busy, so what I like to do is on the days I have a little more time I cook a bunch more so I have leftover’s for the days where I don’t have the time.

Write a To-Do List

Writing down each task you want to accomplish is essential for me. I like to do a weekly to-do list and write down deadlines next to it, so that I am free to do each day what I want to do but also am reminded of what definitely has to be don. If you get what I mean. And also, checking of something of a physical to-do list is just SO satisfying. Don’t you think?

Limit your work time

It is so easy to overwork yourself at home. Trust me, I know. While it is sometimes hard to get motivated, once you are it’s easy to stop yourself, because, well you basically have nothing stopping you. So what I like to do, is make sure to stop at a decent time each day. If I have a later start to the day I let myself work a little longer, and vice-versa. 

Go outside.

Confusing, right? But, you are actually for the most part allowed to get some fresh air into your system. I like to go on a 20 to 40 minute walk each evening, just to move my body a little and get some fresh air. If you are not allowed to do so, open a window and do a quick workout at home. Physical activity is so important especially for your mental health.

Make time to talk to people.

I know what gets me into a good mood and that is talking to friends and family, before, after and during work. It just gets me motivated. Talking to a friend is so helpful, because you can motivate each other. Just find what works for you.

Don’t stress yourself.

The most important thing during this whole thing is: DON’T STRESS YOURSELF. Seriously, if you don’t get something done, if you are stuck in front of Netflix an entire day, if you eat crappy: that is okay. This is a difficult and weird time and we don’t have to be perfect and productive each day. Be verbal about what you need and what you can do. If it’s too much, just tell someone. It helps.

I hope I could give you a good insight into my day and that some of the tips may help you too.

Stay safe.

XoXo, Jasmin.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Day

Hey my loves,

in today’s entry I am going to tell you about how you can get the most of your day and accomplish all your to-do’s even if there are so much to-do that you think you will not be able to do them all in one day.

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I always get “how did you do all that?” and the answer is always the same… I did it with structure and planning. Fact is, if you are a girl boss, if you have a lot to do and do not know where to begin or even how to begin, you gotta find a way for yourself to find time and that is only possible if you plan it out, carefully and strategically.

I always start with a general to-do list to see what has to be done in the month, that includes everything I have to do with work, home and other things that concern my work and personal life. With work it’s usually looking at the different events and deciding which one’s I attend and which one’s I won’t attend and then I already know the days where I’ll have to do more. With personal to-do’s this list is pretty much on going and I do not push myself to finish them unless they have a deadline too.

But I am not only working and living my life, I also am a college student and a blogger, so that has to be planned out as well. For college I pretty much do weekly to-do list, where I include each individual course and the thing that have to be done by next week. Currently I am also preparing for an exam as well as my bachelor thesis, so I put down the weekly to-do’s for that as well. Another thing I do is to start with college work before I do anything else. The work I have to do for college is usually the most time-consuming, so I like to get that out-of-the-way as fast as possible. Also if I finish early it gives me either time to do something with my friends or to preparatory work for college, which is always great especially for those weeks where the to-do’s a long.

When it comes to my blog, I usually brain storm mid-month for the next so that I have at least 4 to 6 solid ideas I can write about. Then I usually write them all on one or two days. That is not only time-saving, but it also allows me to not worry about that. My goal at the moment is one blog entry per week, ultimately I would like to produce more content, but with everything else I have to do that is just not possible as of right now. It took me some time to realize that I cannot do it all well unless I limit things. You have to find the right balance. You do not want to overwork yourself, but you also want to show some effort in the work you do! It’s tricky, but manageable.

All in all I like to keep several to-do list, because I like to tick off things as well as be so organized. Besides handwritten to-do-list in my bullet journal for each month, I also write out on a sticky note the to-do’s for college and attach them to the week they have to be done in. As for extra work such as reading diaries or essays, I like to use my phone to set a reminder when I have to finish those. I also use my phone calendar to write down the names of the courses or other to-do’s which have to be done. That way, when I don’t have my bullet journal on hand, I know what I have to do even on the go.

That’s what I do to plan out my day. As for how I manage to get it all done is actually very simple. Getting up early and getting enough sleep is the key. Under the week I like to go to bed no later than 10 pm and that is simply because I like to get 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night and I usually have to get up very early. On the weekends, I got to bed whenever I’m tired and let my body wake me up naturally, which after a lot of hard work, is usually about 6 to 8 hours, however much sleep my body needs. That way you have a lot more hours of the day and I can, most of the time, manage to finish quite early to watch one or two episodes of my favorite tv shows. When it comes to days that I want to spend with friends I like to at least try to get an hour or two of college work or household work in, before I meet them. I just find that I do not feel as lazy if I do that.

What are your tricks to get the most out of your day? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know. I hope you found this entry helpful and if you did make sure to give it a big thumbs up and feel free to share it with your friends.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.