Adjusting to a new normal…
I think it’s safe to say that for most, if not all of us, this new and limited lifestyle is a massive adjustment to our mental and physical well-being, albeit necessary.
In order to ensure I’m making the most of my time and keeping myself proactive and healthy, I’ve had to adjust slightly from my regular and practised routine that I normally follow around this time of year.
For many intermediate and final university students, exams and coursework are still going ahead like many others I assumed, with this lockdown, that I would be on track for completing work early and getting as much revision done as possible.
However, that is not the case, as the constant influx of news and the chance to spend hours on social media free of guilt are even more distracting than my regular vices.
So, I’ve come up with a few different changes to my schedule that I think will be the most effective use of my time when it comes to revising and studying.
I’d recommend revising for shorter periods of time and in different places as well. Personally, I’ve noticed that, even though I’m a morning person, studying in my room early in the day only makes me feel sleepy again so I tend to work in my kitchen till around lunch and then move back upstairs in the afternoon. I also think a change in environment seems to refresh my ‘mind’ so to speak and is really useful when you’re attempting to start an assignment/ revise a subject that you’re not looking forward to.
Also, a mundane routine in this already enclosed lifestyle is one of, if not, the biggest motivation killers so I try to follow a slightly different routine each day.
This is either sticking to one module for that day, if I’m particularly enjoying it or swapping to a new one if I can feel myself losing focus.
This sort of flexibility keeps me more interested in my subjects but is slightly harder to plan so I’d suggest so only planning a few days ahead at a time so you don’t become overwhelmed and can keep on top of everything.
I hope that these few tips were helpful and don’t hesitate to comment with any habits that you find particularly useful
Stay safe everyone!