Being a full time mum with two kids and also being a partner, keeping up with uni work is so stressful, so here are some handy tips and tricks that get me through the weeks and hand in my assessments on time.
WRITE YOUR GOALS: Writing out your goals and what you are wanting to achieve that year or semester is a really awesome way on reminding yourself of why you started, the bigger picture and help you persevere. I usually write 2-3 short term goals for each paper (I do four papers every semester) and then 1-2 long terms goals (which usually is something I want to achieve in a year). Every year I re-new my “in 5 years” goals just to keep it current and tick of the ones I have already achieved. In the picture, I am currently writing new goals for the “in the next 5 years” goal.
TIP: Buy a vision board so you can pin your goals up in front of you. If you ever doubt yourself, wanting to withdraw or quit uni, look up and remind yourself why you started. I would usually out a side note of why I actually started i.e: for my kids, decreasing inequalities, putting positive vibes into communities, families and youths lives etc.
WATER: I cannot stress out enough on how important drinking water is. One, it isn’t just healthy and good for you but two, it gives you energy and helps you function. I use to just drink coffee, which is awesome when you wanna stay up the whole night, but you’ve got to stay hydrated with water – cut the fizzies out (or soda), relax on the energy drinks and simply binge drink on water.
TIP: water can get boring so add a slice of lemon, lime or orange and chuck it into your water, some put cucumber or mint (I don’t like mint so I don’t put that in there). Also, I encourage you to buy your own water bottle to minimize plastic waste (looking after our Earth is important too!).
STATIONARY: A must is having things to write with and something to write on. Highlighters help you A LOT! You can highlight legit everything to remind you of a certain line, author or book. It can help you take notes to use in essays or your presentation etc. Have different colored pens (I usually have a pen for every use i.e: glossary, reminders, notes, readings to do, must do’s etc) and they help out a lot and they make your book look pretty and colorful lmao.
TIP: buy yourself a pencil case that is going to last you forever and that can hold many things in it. Personalize it with putting your favorite key chain on it or getting it in your favorite color.
SNACK: I am a Pacific Islander, like I need food all the time. But honestly, having snacks on standby is so handy! It will help you keep your energy levels up and if you are a stressed student, food will remind you that your body needs a break and needs to re-energize with food and water.
TIP: swap chips for nuts and lollies for sweet fruit. The last thing you need is being on a sugar high and then crashing 5 minutes later – and who wants loads of sugar in them anyways (sometimes I do lol).
SELF_CARE: even though your work is due in like five hours, taking care of yourself is the most important thing. If you are not functioning right, it will show in your work and your attitude at uni. Taking a break and “doing you” can give your brain a break and calms you down too.
TIP: do things you love i.e: I love chilling with my kids, going for a short walk, getting my nails done, reading a book, a glass of wine or if I am having a stressed week I hit town with my girls hitting the drinks and dance floor.
CALENDARS & ALARMS: I always used my calendar on my phone to remind me of due dates and group meetings. Setting multiple alarms helped me as well to remind me of when classes started or if I needed to be somewhere. It is all about time management; you do not want to get marked down for being late with an assessment.
TIP: sometimes being “old skool” helps. Often you forget to check your phone calendar so having a physical one hanging on your vision board, fridge or even on your lap-top screen reminds you daily of what’s coming up, what’s due next and your “to do’s”.
MUSIC: MUSIC IS LIFE WHEN STUDYING! I kid you not, I listened to Mikey Mayz – Solid and Chris Brown ft Akon – Came to do when I really wanted to zone in and focus… Ain’t bragging but A’s and a few B’s were my grades thanks to the help of music, those songs in particular.
TIP: do up a playlist. Spotify is the music app I use or sometimes I just use YouTube and create a playlist on there too. Put in your favorite throw back songs, pumping songs, songs that remind you of a happy time in your life. Must have artists to have in your play list: Kanye West, Chris Brown, DJ Noiz, Usher, Ne-Yo, DJ Skullz, TLC, TUPAC, Bone Thugs and many others.
SLEEP: when possible, SLEEP! You got to rest that brain of yours. It has been working all day detaining information, brainstorming, pitching in ideas or simply telling your body what to do every single second, so giving your body at least eight hours rest is the best.
TIP: TURN YOUR WI-FI OFF!!! I know that scrolling through social media can be very time consuming. 9PM you are watching a kid doing back-flips then 12AM you are watching pimple removal videos. Turn your WI-FI off, meditate or simply close your eyes and you will legit sleep… within minutes. On Apple IPhones, their is a “Do Not Disturb” button you can enable and it will stop you from being notified from Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter etc until you disable it and can receive notifications.
These are just tips and tricks on how to survive uni and assessments. If you would like more, just comment in the bar below and I will post up another blog on this topic. I hope you enjoyed this blog. Have a nice week! Be nice and be kind.
Manauia le aso/po (have a good day/night).
Love, Dee x