Hey everyone, as the school holidays are coming up (or mid semester break for you uni students!) I just wanted to create an article on how I get ready for school/uni. These are the personal tips that I wanted to share - hopefully they work for you!

Calendars

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Calendars are so important in how I get ready nowadays, whether it be digitally through my Google Calendar or physically through my Midori Traveller's Notebook (Sidenote: You really should get this notebook, it's amazing, I'll have an article about it soon). You really need to know what you're doing and whether you have work, school, sport, family events, parties, etc. you'll always know and will never be offtrack if you have it written in your calendar!

I also recommend using Microsoft Outlook's iPhone/Android app. It is the best email and calendar app there is. Add your school's timetable on to it (your school may already create a personalised Google Calendar for you) and connect Facebook onto it. That way, it will automatically add all your school and social events onto your Outlook app. 

If you really want to be dedicated, you can create your own bullet journal like my fellow TQ team member, Amanda! Seriously, the way she organises her notebooks makes my notebook look like chicken scratches/doctor's handwriting. Bullet journals are a great way to personalise your calendar and keep things interesting!

Meal Prep, Meal Prep, Meal Prep

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Go on, every Sunday I want you to make a big batch of food and separate it out for your breakfast/lunch/dinner. This makes life so so so much easier. I do it for lunch every week and I don't have to worry about what to eat every day. This saves me from resorting to eat the saddest food (think plain bread and mayo) and allows me to eat much healthier!

Oh, and you save so much money. You don't have to spend $10 everyday just for food; I've gotten my meals to be below $2 a meal, and these aren't small portions either. They're delicious, cheap, save time; what's not to love about that? And if you ever get sick of food easily, you should prepare a couple of things in advance. The key here is to just prepare so you're never caught unaware.

Reading on the Bus/Train

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There's nothing worse than being bored on the bus/train every single day while you commute to school/uni, scrolling endlessly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I've taken up reading during this time. This makes time go by so much faster and you get to fill up time that is usually wasted throughout the day.

Everyone always talks about wanting to read more but say that they never have the time. You will (probably) always have to commute, so whether you take public transport, drive or ride a bike you can take up reading. It could be on a physical book, or a Kindle (so many books in so little space!) or even an audiobook (this week's sponsor! jkjk).

I'm currently slogging through a 15 volume epic called the Wheel Of Time, and there's nothing like wondering what the next chapter holds in store for Rand Al'Thor.

Stationery Shopping

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For many of us, starting uni is just an excuse so that we can buy the pens/pencils/notebooks that we've always wanted. Well say no more, get them. Whether they're the cheapest 10 cent pens, the trusty Bic 4-pens or that expensive pen you've been eyeing for a while; now's the best time to get them. After all, you're going to be spending a lot of time writing for the next few months, why not make it enjoyable as well?

...and actually studying?

Yeah, that would probably be a good idea too.

Written by Mark c: 

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