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10 Bullet Journal Spreads for (4.0!) Students

So I think it’s fair to say that bullet journals are definitely growing in popularity. I mean what student can even sanely exist anymore without a planner of some kind?

I know I sure can’t. And chances are, despite how much of a supergirl you are, you know that an agenda has been or would be your saving grace.

With deadlines, exams, study dates, cram sessions, stuco meetings, class presentations, and basically a million other things, students have a lot on their plates.

And there’s no shame in admitting that all that crap can be majorly overwhelming. But…it’s not exactly a source of pride when you realize that all that work you thought you had to do wasn’t actually all that much work.

You just thought it was.

‘Cause it wasn’t laid out, you didn’t have a game plan, and you neglected to evaluate necessity.

Or even worse? All that work you thought you had to do actually wasn’t all the work you actually had to do.

Now you’re two zeroes into the quarter with a failing test on the horizon. All because you didn’t write your to-do’s in an orderly fashion.

And while I don’t know about you, I know that I’m guilty of being human; which means that I forget things on a regular basis. So if you’ve accepted this natural weakness and ventured into your own bullet journal journey, you’ll be very excited to see the spreads that are going to save your grades, mental health, and social life this semester.

1.) Semester Overview

Source: image

While this gorgeous spread, unfortunately, did not have a name attached to it, I just had to give it a place on this list.

This bullet journal spread is perfect for the students who don’t necessarily want to set up a todo-list every week but would rather have a precise overview of all their major assignments and events for the month.

With a nifty key at the top and some handy color-coding, you’ll have your whole semester planned out before you know it. And yes–this is one of those spreads you only have to do twice!

2.) Semester Overview Take Two

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BUABe00jEvq/

This spread leaves more room for planning, which is something that most of us students will need.

3.) Time Tracker

source: @ssumstudies

This is the perfect way to plan out your time after school when basically all you want to do is sleep and watch Netflix. It’s just a simple method to hold yourself accountable and actually get things done.

This spread is great for managing all that life you have outside of school. That way you won’t be 5 hours into a study sesh with no room for some much-needed yoga or self-care routine.

4.) Homework Tracker

Source: @lisenlettering

This bullet journal spread is one that I truly believe every student could use on a regular basis since homework is, very unfortunately, a part of all of our lives.

And let’s be real, that seasonal border actually makes the tasks not look that entirely unbearable! Point for aesthetics.

5.) Study, Sleep, Work, & Exercise Tracker

Source: @marianeofcysn

This one might honestly be the most useful spread on this list. And if I was diehard on top of filling out my bullet journal every day, then I sure as heck would be using this to time segment my days.

The way I see it, this layout can either be used to track how much time you spend in each of these 4 activities or to plan how much time you intend to spend.

And since sleeping, schooling, working, and exercising are all necessities in the life of a student, this spread is an amazing tool to see exactly how much extra time you have to do other things.

6.) Study Tracker

@focusign

I’ll admit that those hours do seem a bit excessive (I’m looking at you, day 4), but even tracking in increments of 10 or 15 minutes can be super helpful on a day-to-day basis.

You’ll have a gorgeous rainbow thing going on and I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to want any gaps in my rainbow.

This serves as some healthy motivation for students who struggle to study, or as a way to place a mindful limit on my study bunnies out there.

7.) Customized Study Tracker

Source: https://aminoapps.com/c/bullet-journal/page/blog/april-study-tracker/aVZo_D1Eu0uGWJwQbWwwXR4Q4WBqvBXBL7

I find this one to be more do-able for a student like myself. It’s always worked better for me to focus on certain subjects on certain days and other subjects on other days.

The bullet journaler has a key for whether or not they studied, the extent to which they studied, and the subject they studied.

Now that’s organization if I’ve ever seen it.

8.) Grade tracker

Source: @vorfreudes

I’m in no way telling you to become grades-obsessed or anything like that…but a regular dose of reality check never hurt anyone. If you write down your grades, then you’ll at least know what to expect at the end of the semester.

I think it’s safe to say that a failing grade is one surprise that none of us want. Plus it’s always rewarding to see how all your studying paid out in the long run.

And if tracking each grade is simply too much, then I’d recommend at least keeping a line chart to show your growth progress report to progress report. That would be 8 different points throughout the year for each subject.

9.) Schedule Planner

Source: personalplanner

While this spread may not be too useful for middle or high school students, college students could really use the weekly reminder for hectic course loads.

Or perhaps if you feel that simply writing the course name is too elementary for you, then you could, by all means, write down the unit or objectives you’ll be focusing on when in that course.

That way you’ll know exactly what you need to be studying, when you need to be studying it, and how you plan to prioritize it.

10.) Foreign Language Tracking

Source: phiranastudies

This bullet journal suggestion is quite personal to each student, but for all my learning bilinguists out there, I think you’ll find this language tracker quite useful.

You create a nice color key for grammar, listening, reading, and writing (and possibly even speaking!) and fill out your days with whichever activity you were able to do. It helps to make sure you’re focusing on a nice mix of your language learning.

Plus it holds you accountable in actually progressing within your linguistic skills. ‘Cause, after all, it is a daily pursuit

Sorry, but “I forgot” just won’t quite make the cut anymore.

Since you made it to the end…

No matter what part of the school year you’re at, I wish you a very solid finish to it. I hope that you’ll try at least one spread on this list; but if not, then use them to inspire your own.

Of course, a planner of any kind will be a major step toward organizing your life…. but making a pretty one won’t hurt.

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Lifestyle essentials every student needs in 2020-New year HAUL

Hi loves! I’m super excited to share the products I recently purchased online for my end-of-year haul.

If you know anything about me, then you’ll know that I’m quite the penny pincher. I’m a broke teenage student with a small part-time job and I hop on every single discount, sale, or promo code I can find.

So with all the amazing Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Holiday Sales that were going on, I saved quite a few coins on my new year haul. In my own personal opinion, none of these products were stupid purchases and they actually improved my daily lifestyle.

So if you’re a student like me and you’re ready to get your life together in 2020, then I strongly suggest checking out some of these goods. I’ve included order proof for every single product so I’m not trying to trick any of you into making meaningless buys just so I’ll get a small percentage.

Product photos are linked to the products if you’re looking for more information though! Anyways, let’s dive into my top 3.

My Top Three

proof of purchases

Stainless Steel 16 oz. Thermos Coffee Cup by Simple Modern

Travel Mug Photo

Call me a hot drink addict but I do believe this one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I’m going to straight-up sound like a paid advertiser but I am truly in love with this cup.

To explain the $0.00 order total, I had a gift card, but I still think it would’ve been worth the cost. Not only is the marble print super sleek but the cup actually keeps your drink hot for hours. Like for at least 6 hours if you don’t screw the top off.

I’m a bit clumsy when it comes to transitioning between classes in a rush so it’s also a very notable perk that the cup is basically spill-proof. If the lid is clipped down, then nothing leaks out of it, and its metal build protects it from cracking when you drop it.

Sunrise Alarm Clock by InRich Technology

I love my beauty sleep dearly so waking up early has always been a saddening feat. And there’s nothing like waking up to a nauseating phone alarm in a pitch-black room.

This past year I’ve been trying to be more ‘productive’ or whatever, so I’ve made a conscious effort every day to wake up on the first alarm without hitting snooze. Thankfully, I’ve gotten more used to it at this point in the school year but it can still be a challenge to actually want to drag myself out of the bed.

I’d seen this sunrise alarm clock online a little while back and I just knew that it was what I needed to upgrade my mornings.

It’s marketed as a “SUNRISE & SUNSET SIMULATOR – designed to combat the sudden, startling awakening of a regular alarm clock, which releases cortisol and causes an imbalance in hormones, potentially leading to bad mood and inertia. The radio alarm clock emits light over 10-60 minutes before your desired wake-up time, and slowly changes the color and brightness from red to bright yellow; the alarm clock can also simulate dusk by dimming the light from 100% to 0% over 10-120 minutes.”

And I have to affirm that it does make for a quite unique waking up experience. Of course, the night owl in me will never let me genuinely enjoy getting up before the sun is in the sky, but this alarm actually does provide a pretty nice simulation that generally wakes me up before the sound rings.

I use the brightest setting and the golden color emission but I do appreciate the 7 different colors offered, along with the 20 different brightness settings. The best part of this purchase? I got it for black Friday with a gift card so no, that $3.96 order total isn’t an error.

Told you I’m a penny pincher.

15.6-inch Laptop Sleeve by Lacdo

Almost every student I know owns a laptop, so I figured this would be a perfect addition to my new year haul.

This sleeve has done an impressive job of protecting my laptop during my constant transport during the school day.

It’s cheap, portable, light-weight, and a nice salmon-y color (though offered in white and black as well.)

The sleeve is actually Amazon’s choice for for a “dell Inspiron case.” The case is compatible with: Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575, E5-575G | Acer Predator Helios 300 | Acer Chromebook CB3-532, CB5-571 | Acer Nitro 5 | Acer Flagship CB3-532 | Inspiron 15 3000, 5000 | HP 15-BA009DX, 15-F222WM, 15-F211WM | HP ProBook 450, 455, 650 | Asus VivoBook | Asus Zenbook Pro | MSI GL62M and Most 15-15.6″ Ultrabook Notebook.

I love it because it can fit into my backpack, but It also boasts features like having a shockproof soft lining, slim design, extra pocket, and being water-repellent.

My favorite daily essential

Leather Bullet Journal by MiPing

Proof of my purchase

2019 was the first year that I decided to use a bullet journal in order to get my life together. I’ll admit I was a bit skeptically of the whole ‘design everything yourself’ concept but I ended up thoroughly enjoying this freeing form of planning.

I don’t have to sit down and write out journal entries or stick to a constructed monthly layout, but yet my bullet journal still provides an overview of each week, month, and ultimately year, while allowing me to plan out short-term and long-term goals to my heart’s content.

Arguably the one product in this haul that was absolutely necessary for me to purchase. I’m able to track habits, daily moods, passwords, due dates, test dates, social events, family outings, and basically whatever else I want.

Details:

Cover Material: sheep leather

Page:100Sheets/130sheets Style of Pages: two style , line , dot

Size:21.2cm*14.8cm (A5)

And my arguably less essential essentials

Let’s be real, ‘getting healthier’ or ‘eating healthier’ is a new year’s resolution that almost everyone has. We all want to look and feel our best–no shame in it.

But I’m sure that more than a few of you will agree that finding absolutely delicious healthy food is notably harder than finding absolutely delicious unhealthy food. So I figured two more great additions to this haul would be healthy foods that not only taste good themselves but make other healthy foods taste better as well.

PBfit All-Natural Peanut Butter Powder 30 oz

I love nut butters of all kind; enough so that at one point I literally referred to myself as an addict. They can make anything taste like a dessert, and they still pack a good amount of protein and healthy fats.

But whenever it’s in my pantry, I basically eat a serving of it everyday, and with the all-natural sugar-free peanut butters taking up 25% of your daily fat percentage and less importantly, 190 calories, I realized that I needed a bit of balance in order to consume a larger variety of other foods.

Since I also regularly workout and weight train, I’d really been looking for simple ways to prioritize protein that don’t involve meat. Protein powder looked like an attractive choice but once again, I’m too broke to afford it (especially on a regular basis), and I didn’t believe I necessarily needed the abnormally high protein content consumed in each serving.

So yes, PBfit peanut butter powder was the perfect fit for me, containing 8 grams of protein, 87% less fat, 10% of my daily fiber, and 70 calories per 2 tbsp serving. For those of you who care, the powder is also vegan, gluten-free, and all-natural.

Organic Cacao Nibs 16 oz.

Marketed as Paleo-Certified, Organic, Non GMO, Anti Aging Antioxidant Superfood, Gluten-Free Cocoa Cacao Beans that make for a “pure Delicious Chocolate Essence.”

I’m a bit of a chocoholic, and I know tons of other students who are as well. But it doesn’t take a 4.0 GPA to understand that chocolate chips don’t add any nutritional value to a meal.

And while dark chocolate bars may satisfy sporadic cravings, I wanted a source of chocolate that I could mix into any meal, top any bowl of goodness with, and still make for a delicious well-rounded meal/snack.

Now with all of my self-imposed requirements, I would be a fool to ignore the nutritional powerhouse known as cacao nibs: an “ANTI-AGING SUPERFOOD: With resveratrol, magnesium iron and more, amazing anti-aging antioxidants, and 20 times the antioxidant content of blueberries.”

These beans are also “NATURAL BEAUTY FOOD, with raw cacao promoting youthful skin and hair and boosting mood, energy, and healthy cognition.” And being the connoisseur I am, I’d say that while these aren’t super sweet by themselves, they’re definitely a satisfying ‘guilt-free’ addition to meals and desserts.

And lastly…for my women of color

Kinky Curly Twist Crochet Braids by Eunice Hair

*Proof*

Me modeling the hair…..and if you’re interested in the scarf, hat, OR, earrings you can find them on my Etsy

This would have to be the least essential part of this haul, but I’ve enjoyed the purchase way too much to leave it out. Crochet braids provide marvelous protection for naturally curly hair, and these, in particular, look impressively similar to my natural hair.

The pack has 3 bundles–each with 3 different lengths–and the combination ends up with a realistic final hairdo. I’ve literally gotten so many compliments on these and of course, the shocked “Omg, you colored your hair!” remarks.

So if I have any black girls out there looking for a protective style that they can flaunt for at least 2 months, definitely give these a try. They make my morning and nightly routine that much quicker.

Since you made it to the end…

No matter what part of the school year you’re at, I wish you a very solid finish to it. I hope that you’ll try at least one thing on this list; but if not, then use them to inspire your own list.

Of course, the real essentials you’ll need will be your family, true friends, and mental health… but a mini haul of your own may help along the way!

I really appreciate your dedication in making through this article and since you’re here, I bet you’d like a regular dose of student lifestyle advice, self-care tips, and frugal living guidance.

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My realistic New Year’s Resolutions as a teenage student (and inspiration for yours!)

"My New Year's Resolutions as a teen student & Inspiration for yours" Pinterest Image.

2020 is here loves; whether or not we’re ready to face it. It’s the start of a whole new decade where we’re able to revamp ourselves into the people we want to be. New decade resolutions anyone?

While it can be a scary thought to take on a new year and all its possibilities, it’s that kind of good fear that can motivate you. I mean 10 years is a long time you guys.

Do you really want to look back on who you are now and be disappointed about the chances you didn’t take? Or even worse…. the kind of person you are.

Not I. The best way you can shape yourself into the greatness you know you can become is by holding yourself accountable for the resolutions you set each year.

I know–we’re all guilty of not following through on some or even all of the ones we make for ourselves, but I seriously don’t think that there is any better time to rewire our mindsets than 2020 itself.

So if you’re ready to tackle your resolutions headfirst, then, by all means, read on. I’ve bared my mind, heart, and soul into these rather personal resolutions, and I hope you’re able to find some inspiration for your own.

2020’s Resolutions

  1. Become more confident in taking the extra step when interacting with others. (i.e. walking up to new people, random “good mornings”, cracking the first joke, whatever)
  2. Learn Vietnamese (but any language works!) You can add me on Duolingo if you’d like ’cause I’ll totally need the motivation.
  3. Blog regularly as an outlet.
  4. Stop being food-focused

Diet culture is toxic and all too real. I’m more than ready to finally stop worrying about calories and ‘fear’ foods. It took a while to get here, but I do sincerely believe that I’m too young and too close to being underweight to be relying so heavily on “safe” foods.

5. Start reading the bible regularly.

It’s important to me that I devote more time to spiritual reading and less on constant stressing over daily endeavors. I tend to be a bit of an overachiever, and focusing on personal studies is a great way to unwind and give myself a break.

6. Get my period back.

Yes, I know that this one is more personal than the others but I’m here to be brutally honest with my readers. This is one of my biggest resolutions for the new year as I lost my period in October 2018 presumably from weight loss. So it’s been more than too long to get my body working properly again. Secondary amenorrhea is a real issue that a lot of women face yet refrain from talking about.

7. Focus more on living in the moment.

8. Stop resisting change.

9. Focus on the more important things in life.

10. To love my body no matter what.

*Bonus Goals*

  • Get stronger
  • Grow my gluteus maximus
  • Get back into dancing at school

See, I tried to keep this list short and sweet. Nothing too rash or extraordinary; just practical goals I plan to fully follow through with.

Please don’t hesitate to share one or more of your resolutions in the comments below! This is the year that we’re all going to get healthier mentally, emotionally, physically, and socially(?).

I just know it.

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6 ways to find that happy balance between schoolwork and social life (yes, it’s possible!)

So I’m not going to sugarcoat anything– School life is hard.

Trying to balance a social life, family time, extracurriculars, religious studies, self-care, and so many other things can really make life feel like a whirlwind.

In a sense, it’s like students can’t ever get a break since every waking moment can be spent in a rather unhealthily ongoing effort to maintain your GPA.

Forget “grade point average”; everybody knows that number ties in directly with your goals, paths, and aspirations.

And sure our parents and older family members may try to downplay our struggles, but there’s gotta be some truth behind all the anxiety attacks and depression we see rising today among Millenials and gen z’ers.

If you’re not careful, days can blend into weeks, weeks into months, months into years, and before you know it your youth is gone. But hey, at least you aced that AP psych exam…. right?

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with coming in tired at the end of the day and lounging on your couch while watching Netflix but let’s be honest, you’re not going to want to spend every single day like that. (no matter how badly you think you want to deep down.)

Most of us can understand that there’s just not quite anything like the rush you get when you’re out truly enjoying time with friends. Or for my introverts, simply spending time in your passion.

Any hobby you have that just makes you feel GOOD about yourself. I get it, it can be scary to quote on quote waste time chasing extracurriculars, when you could be securing that A on your next test or extra credit on that project.

But how much is too much? And I bet you it’s less than you think. There’s a fine line between balancing sanity with intelligence, and plunging into insanity while being a straight-A student.

It’s okay to be a perfectionist sometimes, trust me I’m guilty of it, but you simply cannot be a perfectionist all the time because news flash, you’re not perfect.

You’re a human. That means it’s natural to enjoy ‘me’ time on every occasion you can get it. That means you’re going to crave social activity, and going out, and having fun.

It’s not just for kids you know. Some seasoned adults even say their teenage years and early twenties were the best parts of their life. Shocker right?

It’s totally possible for you to balance all your priorities though. You can be a good daughter, amazing sister, fantastic friend, Artisan, athlete, and of course, student, while still living life to the fullest.

I’m not saying you’re not going to have your hard days. But at least you’ll know how to handle them when they arrive, and you’ll find that everybody else’s expectations just aren’t quite on par with your own.

So take notes my fellow Scholars– 2020 is all yours.

Start Living Intuitively

To live intuitively is to live instinctively, but in 2020 lingo, let’s just say it’s to live without scheduling everything.

Now I know most of us simply could not exist without our planners or bullet journals but we do have to wonder just how much our days we’re setting up days, weeks, even months in advance.

If you’re anything like the typical American mom (even if you’re a 16-year-old high school kid), chances are you’ve probably planned times every week when you workout, meal prep, focus on building your brand, go grocery shopping, and lots of other things.

And yes, having a general plan for the week can be insanely useful, but you’ll find it’s a lot less taxing on your mind when you don’t guilt over not following it to a ‘T’.

I’m not necessarily saying that all your scheduled day-to-day activities should be treated as suggestions, but acknowledging that gray area between mandatory and guideline could be the key to upkeeping your mental health.

I advocate shaping your day around how you feel that day. If it’s the day that you typically workout but instead you want to focus on painting, that’s totally ok. You’re free to rearrange your schedule whenever you like (at least for all the things nobody’s counting on you for!)

You can go jogging when you normally cook up your ‘meatless Monday’ dish or you can go take a singing class when you literally can not fathom studying for 2 hours.

A lot of people even have little subconscious patterns they follow that they don’t even particularly enjoy anymore.

We’re creatures of habit and sometimes we feel scared when we switch up our routine, but it’s okay to make swaps to do the thing we actually feel like doing that day.

Chances are you’ll actually want to do the activity you swapped out on some other day, and then you’ll enjoy it that much more.

Incorporate something “fun” into every day

I read these articles recently on how to make every day feel like the weekend, and this tip was on virtually every one of them.

It could be something as small as going to your favorite cafe and watching the barista do latte art for you, or as big as taking a girls’ night with friends.

You actually don’t have to wait till the weekend to do that thing you love. *gasp*

I personally think you should squeeze one thing into your busy life every day that’ll make you excited to get out of bed.

You don’t have to wait till the weekend to go watch a movie, go swimming, or go on a date with your S/O. Lunch dates are a whole mood every day of the week, be it with friends, family or your boo thing.

Even swinging by that bomb smoothie joint before class counts.

Stop focusing all your energy on grades

I’m sure a lot of you students out there will stare me dead in the eye and say you’re focusing on so many things other than grades (while simultaneously holding up your most recent ‘F’ as proof) but notice I said “your energy.”

More specifically, all your energy.

We’ve all been at that patch in the semester where we’re just straight-up grinding the hours away, prepping and studying for every exam, test, and quiz coming our way.

I’m talking a 7-hour school day, followed by 3 hours of homework, 2 hours of studying, 1 hour working on that extra-credit paper, and 30 minutes applying to some prestigious honors society.

Now I’m no math whiz but my basic algebra skills tell me that’s 13 hours and a half channeling your energy toward school and grades.

But Cierra, there’s a whole 3 hours and a half left to spare and I’m still even able to get 7 hours of sleep” (we’ll just pretend.)

First of all, that little fraction of your day is not nearly enough to even complete necessary tasks (like say… eating?) and chores. And second of all, you’ll be way too tired to put the rest of the day to actual good use.

Even if your school days are not quite as long or extreme as the one described above, I’m sure you can still relate to being absolutely wiped by the time evening rolls around.

All you either want to do is take a nap, watch tv, or straight up go to bed for the day.

You’ll find yourself too mentally drained to do any of the extra activities you were planning to do.

And trust me, girl, there’s nothing more depressing than literally focusing all your energy on school work and giving up your social life, hobbies, physical activity, a clean room/dorm, and self-care practices.

You can’t expect but so much from yourself, and energy only stretches so far. Remember sister it’s the quality of your life that takes priority over simply getting things done.

There are so many other things that can define who you are outside of being a scholar and they deserve some energy devoted to them as well.

Go out for more than just school

out /out/
adjective

  1. not at home or at one’s place of work.
  2. revealed or made public.

Hey, Google said it first. “Going out” doesn’t actually apply to going to your place of work, aka school. It involves showing your face in this big place called the rest of the world.

When we go out, we feel more productive and motivated simply since we’re surrounded by constant sources of inspiration and actions.

You look out the window on that public bus ride to the park and chances are you’ll see some birds, cyclists, exterior design ideas, snazzy restaurants, squirrels, joggers, new places you didn’t know existed, and dogs.

That’s a lot more than you’ll see in the classroom.

I’ll be real with you, you should probably try to be actively involved in a group or organization that doesn’t involve school.

I’m talking a painting group, fitness class, culinary club, congregation, charity, community service organization, or literally anything that’s not illegal.

But it’s okay if you totally cannot afford to make any more excessive time commitments, just get in the habit of going out more often. Double points if it’s with friends or family.

Parties, picnic, and other social engagements can seem a bit intimidating but they can be key to adding some purpose to your day. And they can be a lot more fun than staying at home or curling up in your school library.

Just saying.

Lay out and focus on your priorities (I’m talking on the great scheme of LIFE)

Imagine you’re taking a huge trip to somewhere on the other side of the world and the passenger next to you on your flight asks you where you’re going.

You don’t have a map, you haven’t booked your hotel, you haven’t actually decided on a city, and you don’t even know what form of currency you’ll need.

But hey, at least you’ve narrowed it down to the continents of Asia and Africa.

So you smile at them and say “well I don’t exactly know where I’m going but I know it’s going to be great.”

You can bet they’re going to look back at you with a hesitant smile, you know one of those “let me be careful ’cause this person is crazy” kind of smiles. And they’re 100% not going to say it cause they’re not actually your friend and don’t really care about what happens to you at any point in the future, but I do so I’ll say it: that’s the dumbest plan I’ve ever heard.

If it can even be called a “plan.”

If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re never going to get there. You’ve got to have some major destinations laid out to even start planning how you’re going to get there.

These destinations go further than “A-B honor roll this semester” or even getting that MBA by 2026.

We get it, you’re a student and there’s like a 79.8% you’re working towards a degree of some sort. That’s great–truly. Some would even say fantastic.

But one day you’re going to graduate, and you’ll be able to officially say you did the darn thing. But what about after that?

Maybe the real reason you feel like you’re never quite satisfied is that you haven’t actually addressed the life you’re bound to have post-graduation.

It can be a bit scary to admit you won’t be a student forever. But life goes on sister so you need to figure out your personal values, and how you plan to balance them all out, sooner rather than later.

I’m not saying you have to figure out all of them now cause you are going to get older and wiser and ultimately grow as a person, but you need to have a pretty good idea of what you want in life.

Y’know, kids, moving abroad, opening a makeup company, managing an organic farm, joining a traveling musical theatre, and all that jazz.

Once you figure out where you’re going, the choices you make on your journey will feel that much more meaningful.

Find ways to tailor your school work toward bettering yourself & Showing gratitude

Ughh did this chick really just say that? Adding purpose to the work that I’m forced to do??

I know, I know, that whole “finding balance between schoolwork and social life” was all good and dandy before I actually mentioned “schoolwork.”

But I’ll be real with there’s you, there’s nothing more uniting among the diverse set of students known as you readers than schoolwork.

No matter how much we may try to dodge; no matter how much we try to hide from it; and no matter how much we wish for it to disappear, every single student has schoolwork.

There’s a reason that whole “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” quote is becoming so popular.

You’re going to receive the work regardless of how you choose to approach it….so why not approach it with a positive mindset. I mean at this point my friend you have nothing more to lose.

So while you may have a tough time personalizing your assignments in math courses, I guarantee you that you’ll have opportunities to tailor your English, Social Sciences, and even general sciences around your interests.

Take the assignment as a starting point for researching something that you’ve always wondered about, or for venting about a subject you’re secretly passionate about.

Find ways to tie your work into the people, places, and live events you’re thankful for. Research has even shown that gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.

Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

So adding in any form of personal value to your work can genuinely make it so much more enjoyable.

So before you go…

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4.0 Student Habits you NEED to start in 2020

So I think it’s safe to say that we all know that a 4.0 GPA isn’t the only good GPA, no matter what parents or teachers may tell us. There are so many more characteristics that define a successful student.

But I’d be lying if I said flaunting around a high GPA didn’t feel good. ‘Cause fact of the matter is: it does. It never hurts to get your grades up and show everyone just how much you really care about your education.

You get to smirk knowingly at your haters and easily shut down anyone who even challenges your intelligence. Plus…. all my high school students reading already know how crucial one’s grade point average can be to securing a spot in your “first choice” college.

But as with everything in life, it’s easier said than done.

No plan is fool-proof, but there are some pretty legit habits you can start up this year to boost your grades significantly. Nothing too rash. Nothing too magical.

Just cold hard truth served with a side of motivation.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in either high school or college; you can even be in middle school for god’s sake, these habits (or dare I say, ‘life hacks’) are going to have your report card looking mighty pretty this year.

So get out your notebook my friend, ’cause it’s time to take notes.

Keeping a bullet journal/Planner (no surprise here)

Bullet Journaling

I’m sure you expected this to be somewhere on the list. So let’s just skip the wait and get straight into it.

The first step to getting some kind of control over your grades is getting some kind of control over your life.

Time management, self-management, and life management are all key to tackling your schoolwork in a practical manner that takes into account how much time you’re schedule actually allows for comfortably fitting in the assignment. You’re bound to produce much higher-quality work when you’re not in a rush.

Bullet journals have no pre-arranged structures, so you’re free to write down reminders, tips, due dates, short-term goals, objectives, and whatever else you need wherever you need.

Writing down daily to-do lists or weekly priorities can be insanely useful for shaping a productive semester.

I definitely recommend writing down whatever due dates come your way so you’re sure to not forget them. It’s an easy way of holding yourself accountable for getting your work done. Plus doodling up some cute spreads can be a great stress reliever.

Keep your planner with you whenever you’re in class so you’re able to quickly jot down new assignments. With everything laid out that you need to get done, you’re much more likely to get started and actually take a time-conscious approach to getting things done.

Those “poounds” of homework you have will feel a lot more manageable if you do.

With everything down on paper, you might even realize that your to-do list is a lot less overwhelming than you originally thought.

You can thank me later 😉

Getting at least 7 hours of sleep (don’t check out on me yet)

7 hours of sleep

No doubt this is going to be one of the hardest habits on this list for some of you to get into. I get it sis, life’s crazy.

You got studying here, family time there, socializing with friends over there, watching Netflix in that corner to the left, and chores a little to the right.

But you’ve got to focus on self-care and keeping up a steady charge of energy before you can even begin to expect better grades. Your whole quality of life will be that much better when you start getting the regular sleep your body craves.

There are very very little things that take priority over your health, and sleep is a vital component to all 3 kinds: mental, physical, and emotional.

You’ll find yourself less irritable by the end of the day and surprisingly alert when it’s time to grind out some schoolwork. And this honestly comes back to time-management.

I understand you’re GPA probably will go up if you spend long nights cranking out projects and studying for basically whatever, but I guarantee you your quality of work will go up exponentially when you’re using a fully alert mind.

You’ll find yourself able to get those assignments done a lot quicker and chances are you might even enjoy it more. Shocker, I know.

You know that relaxed, well-rested feeling you get on the weekends. Yeah. Try to get close to that feeling every day. Life, in general, is honestly so much less taxing when you’ve got a good night of sleep.

At least in my own experience, I literally don’t even like the person I become when I’ve been in a sleep deficit for a few nights. Like who even is that moody female dog who won’t even tolerate being in the space of her family. Ugh *shudders*.

You might be better at the whole “lack of sleep” thing than I am…..but I bet you that you’ll feel more motivated to get that GPA up on a well-rested mind. Don’t forget who you heard it from first.

Using class time to full productivity

“But whyyy, I already use so much brain power just listening to my professors’ absolutely horrendous lectures?” “Cierra, you just don’t understand, I physically can not.“I can just barely put my name and date on my paper before knocking off.”

Hold up just a second now. You clicked on my article, meaning you made a commitment to at least hear me out. You’re free to beg your case in the comments below need be, but give your girl a chance.

If you’re going to have to be in class anyway, why not use that time to its full advantage?

There’s no way to get out of going to class, so maximize that time to work on producing your best content. There are very few working and learning environments better than the classroom itself.

So if your teacher/professor is generous enough to give some class time to work on an assignment, then by all means work. If they ask you to work, then you say how hard.

Don’t start daydreaming or treating these moments as “precious free time.” Don’t put off the work just to be forced to tackle it at home, during lunch, or in another class period.

Not only do you have the knowledge of your peers to assist with your questions, but you’re also able to consult your teacher for live guidance. Meaning you won’t waste time focusing on objectives you’re not required to, waste time with social distractions, or waste time googling help.

I’m a big advocate for working till the last minute you possibly can and hopping straight on the work at the first moment you can. That’s how I cut my homework in at least a third to a half on a daily basis.

Having some “me” time every day

Me time everyday

No matter how much of a social butterfly you may think you are, none of these habits are as crucial to your mental health as having “me” time.

Science literally shows that you need some alone time daily to recharge, remain tolerable of others, and have a genuine sense of self-contentment.

I happily steal at least an hour for myself every single day, but that number can easily get up to 4 or 5 depending on how my evening’s looking.

The beautiful thing about me time is that you can spend it in whatever way that you want to spend it. You can practice a hobby, do some physical activity, watch a movie, read a book, listen to a podcast, have a mini dance party, partake in some solo karaoke, cook up an interesting meal for yourself, have a spa night, or honestly whatever.

You spend it in a way that makes you feel good and gives you something to be excited about at the start of the day.

It’s a personal time that allows you to better yourself without outside interference (that includes comparing yourself to outside influences!)

If you struggle with loneliness, then you may enjoy doing these activities with a close friend or partner. That’s ok–just keep it small. Definitely make sure that person makes you feel good about yourself and allows you to be who you really are without shame. We all get enough judgment throughout the day as it is.

Get into the habit of including your personal time in your planner and daily schedule.

Don’t even treat it as optional; even if that means flexing your ‘no’ skills.

Actually Starting sooner rather than later (even if you don’t finish sooner rather than later!)

Start sooner rather than later

I’ve heard it said that by simply starting something you’re half-way done. While I don’t believe that’s an entirely accurate statement, I do agree with the principle behind it.

Don’t push off something you could start right now. In the words of Nike: just do it.

The longer we wait to start an assignment, the more that that ‘pre-project’ dread builds up. There’s nothing more stressful than realizing that paper you literally got a month ago is due in two days.

You might as well just throw quality work down the drain. Instead of prolonging the inevitable, at least go ahead and establish the foundation of your assignment.

Create a project blueprint with all the major points laid out, that way later on all you have to do is fill in the details associated. You’ll be surprised by how motivated you’ll feel to just go ahead and get the work done once you’ve actually started.

The assignment will feel a lot more manageable, and hopefully less overwhelming. The more time you allow yourself prior to the due date, the more opportunities you’ll have to revise and perfect your work.

So you can go ahead and say hello to your next A.

Seizing every extra credit opportunity, no matter how boring it may seem

Extra credit opportunities

Last but not least out of all these habits, is to drink up every extra credit opportunity like it’s your last cup of water.

We’re all going to get bad grades from time to time. That comes with the student hustle.

That being said, you need to take every chance you get to lift your grade up. One extra credit opportunity could be the difference between that 79 and 80 final grade.

The amazing thing about *most* extra credit assignments is that they can never hurt your grade. They’re there for the students willing to put in a little extra work, and you won’t be penalized even if you bomb it.

It’ll give you that sense of self-assurance at the end of the school year that you truly did do everything you could do to boost your GPA, AND it’ll show your professor that you’re serious about your grade, and a few extra brownie points never hurt anyone.

But before you go….

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s safe to say that we’re friends now. I mean, c’mon, you’ve made it to the end of the article.

Points for commitment. I need someone like you in my humble yet mighty blog family. I’m talking a savvy sisterhood of scholars of all ages, where despite being an amazingly diverse community, seem to face a lot of the same struggles.

Looking for weekly to bi-weekly doses of study tips, lifestyle management hacks, self-care ideas, and health-based tidbits? Then you’ve come to the right place.

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