university are the best years of your life
If you follow me on Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram (shameless self-promo), you’ll know that as well as being a blogger I am also a university student. At this current moment in time, I am wrapping up my second year and getting ready to move into my final year as an undergraduate student. Now I also work a zero hours job which often pays for things to keep my blog going (such as the beautiful template I have, and also being self-hosted) therefore I am a rather busy bee…to put it lightly.
While I may have days where I just lounge around in bed not necessarily doing anything outwardly productive, the reality is I never truly switch off. I live on campus,
The fact that I am going in third years has made me realise that from September my blog may have to go on the back burner for a while. I am going to try and get as many posts written in advance over the summer, however, my degree does have to come first…even though it sometimes makes me want to swan dive out of my bedroom window. I have created a list though of things I’m going to need to follow if I’m going to be able to juggle both blogging and university (even if one does take priority over the other).
My main top tip for managing both blogging, university and anything else is to get a diary! One with a monthly and weekly planner so you can keep track of absolutely every aspect of your life…all the way down to when you did your food shop last.
If you reach a busy period packed full of university work, it is key that you plan ahead especially if you want to keep up with posting regularly on your blog. I have the ultimate blog planner from Dot Creates and I use this to plan all of my posts in advance so that I know exactly what I’m going to be posting when. I also have a monthly overview in my normal diary where I stick a start sticker on all the days I want a post to go live. This means I can carefully plan my time and when I’ll be free to write a post or two (as sometimes it’s nice to write something that isn’t a formal academic essay). When I go through busy periods I like to keep my weekends free of any uni work and just spend this time on my blog planning and writing posts, and catching up with social media and any new posts on blogs I read regularly. This also gave me a chance to de-stress and take a much-needed break from uni work where so that I don’t get into a rut and end up fed up of my course.
It can be very draining to spend hours completing uni work so don’t be ashamed to reward yourself after I submitted my last essay of second year I rewarded myself by doing a large order from Colourpop (look out for a blog post on it), but because I knew I was going to do this it made me even more determined to finish the essay. You don’t have to spend a lot of money though, in order to reward yourself, you could let yourself sleep later than you normally would or cook something you don’t very often. It justs give you an incentive to get the things done that you need to.
You can’t just stay locked in your room away from other people it’s important to go out and socialise, spend time with friends or attend blog events (as long as they aren’t the evening before an exam or deadline. Your university holds events for a reason, go to them, you don’t have to go to every single one but make the effort and conscious decision to go to a few. This will allow you some time to have fun and be free without needing to worry about the work you should be doing. It is obviously easier to go out and have fun if you are actually ahead of your work schedule, you will able to fully enjoy yourself…though after a couple of drinks you probably won’t be too stressed anyway.
What are your main tips for managing university and running a blog?
Love you lots like jelly tots x
All photographs in this post were taken by me on my Fujifilm Finepix S4240 in natural lighting and edited on Facetune and VSCO.
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