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What I do in a day to be productive at uni- when I have no uni work

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With the array of sudden lockdowns and bouts of self-isolation, I feel like as a society some of us have really worked on how to use our free time effectively, while others like me still struggle to come to grasps with it. Going from full-time education, a part-time job and a busy social life to the isolation and boredom of the first lockdown stopped me in my tracks. I suddenly had an immense amount of free time and had no idea how to spend it. I feel like I’m now in that same space again. After finishing my first year of university on the 20th of May, which is considerably earlier than others, I had no idea what to do with this newfound freedom. I lost my sense of structure, and whilst others still had to study for their exams, I was slightly lost. I didn’t want to fall into the pit of unproductivity. So today I will talk to you about my productive day at uni with no university work.

I feel like this structure also works if you just need a break from the workload of uni but still want to feel as though you haven’t wasted a day.The first part of my productive day either starts the night before or the morning of. I start by making a list of what I want to achieve that day. I find that writing my goals down, no matter how small, helps keep my head clear and keeps me on the right path. While this next part doesn’t always work for everyone, I make a timetable of when and what I want to be done throughout the day. For me, it doesn’t have to be that precise but even something as vague as writing ‘exercise’ helps. For me this could be a trip to the gym, a walk around campus or run, anything to get me out of bed. After starting with exercise, I make myself breakfast and get ready for the day.

After this is the point in the day is where I fall at risk of losing all productivity and spend hours on TikTok, so I like to get out of the flat instead. My favourite spot on campus is the coffee shop Curiositea, I think they have some of the best vegan options on campus! Being at uni has gotten me to do so many things out of my comfort zone, and sitting alone at a cafe reading a book is one of them. However daunting it was at first, it’s now become one of my favourite things to do alone. Equally, sitting with a friend or flatmate for a coffee in the morning is always nice!

After lunch, this is where my main productive hours come in. While I may not have uni work to do, there’s always something to get done. I’ve recently been working on an updated CV and website for my portfolio, so I’ll spend some time doing these. But if on your day off even this seems like too much work, doing a deep clean of your room, washing your clothes or helping clean your kitchen is always a good use of time!

After all this, I like to see what everyone in my flat wants to do for the day if we haven’t already made plans. A trip to Leamington or the Dirty Duck always seems to be what happens. We took a trip to Leamington for a couple rounds of bowling and the some drinks on this occasion. Having a day off from heavy studies always helps me feel better about doing them the next day, it’s also important to remember to keep a good balance of studies and social life at Uni.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Emma Buckingham | Media and Creative Industries Contact Emma
From learning difficulties at uni, societies to the best places…
Find out more about me Contact Emma

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