2018 is upon us and it’s time to get ready for the new term. After a winter break (hopefully) filled with food, afternoon naps and boxsets, it can be hard-going getting back in to the swing of things. That’s why we’ve pulled together some tips for getting motivated and prepared for the new year.
Nothing says ‘I’m ready for the year ahead’ like a good de-clutter. Shred any unnecessary paperwork (hands up if you have a habit of keeping receipts that date back five years…), tidy your desk so you have a nice, clean space to work from, organise your drawers and declutter your wardrobe.
If your room is feeling slightly less cosy in the absence of tinsel and Christmas decs, add some fairy lights to a shelf, print off some new photos or hit the January sales to pick up some bargain home accessories.
2. Plan ahead
It can be a challenge to juggle commitments, whether it’s essays and assignments, a part-time job, a Student Ambassador role or being part of one of our sports teams or societies. Try getting ahead of the game by planning your time in advance; whether you’re old-school and enjoy putting pen to paper with a diary, or whether you prefer to use the calendar on your phone.
There are also several free apps which are handy for helping to organise your time and your studies, such as SoundNote to record lectures, Spendee for budgeting, Sleep Cycle for tracking and improving your sleep or Google Docs, which is great as it can be accessed both on your phone or online and the two sync up.
3. New stationery
Depending on how much you love stationery, this may seem like a small and insignificant step…or it may bring a great deal of excitement. Either way, making sure you have a supply of stationery will help you feel organised and will prevent that last minute scrabble for a pen and some paper (it’s okay, we’ve all been there).
Stock up with plenty of pens, notebooks for new modules or a filing system so when it comes round to exams and assignments, you know exactly where all your notes are. IKEA and Wilko’s both have budget friendly stationery and desk tidies to keep your uni work organised.
4. Take time out
As important as it is to plan ahead and physically prepare for the new term, it’s important that you have some downtime too. Take a moment, an afternoon or even an hour to yourself and spend some time relaxing – whether that’s going for a walk, seeing a friend, watching a film or doing something else you enjoy. Mental preparation is just as important as physical preparation, so allow yourself some time to relax and reset, ready for the new term.
We hope you’ve had a great winter break! Comment below with your tips for preparing for the new term or any apps you use to stay organised.