11 Good Habits That Will Help Keep Your Life Running Smoothly at Uni
If you’re feeling the pressure get to you at uni, here are some good habits that might help you to get things running a bit more smoothly.
1. Be proactive.
Have you ever seen those students that have no worries at all and usually seem to have a lot of free time and still manage to have all their work done? You must have wondered what their secret is. Well, the secret is to be proactive. Try as much as you can to get work done as early as possible so as to reduce your workload. Getting work done early enough allows you to tackle any issues that may arise abruptly and allows you to review your work and make any necessary corrections.
2. Have a to-do list.
This is a very powerful tool when it comes to making sure you have smooth days. Having a to-do list helps you in planning and getting your priorities straight. This way, you get to know what is the most important to you and prioritise that first. To do lists also help you in knowing what you will be doing the whole day and ensure things run smoothly.
3. Pay bills on time.
To make sure things run smoothly and you are not caught off guard, pay your bills before your due date. Imagine coming home only to find that your landlord is kicking you out of your house due to unpaid rent. Or, imagine having the power cut just when you’ve just finished an essay and haven’t saved the document, so it’s all gone. Now picture this, how much more devastated would you be if any of these scenarios had happened, knowing you had the money but were late to pay? Pay as early as you can so as to avoid being caught off guard!
4. Have a filing system.
To keep track of all your things, you can develop a filing system to know where things are so as to make them easier to find. Having a filing mechanism saves time that you can spend on other important things. It also helps in keeping things safe and having the peace of mind that all your stuff is in one safe location that you can easily access.
5. Keep things simple.
Try not to overload your brain. If you’re revising, just do that. If you’re relaxing, just do that. Don’t try to do everything at once. Stay off social media while you’re working, and likewise, don’t start making feeble attempts at revision when you’re not in the mood.
6. Wake up early.
Yes, you read that correct! I know, no student likes to wake up early really. However, once you do it a couple of times and it becomes a part of your routine, you will find it much easier. This exercise will help you in getting things done much faster as you manage to sneak in some extra time into your typical day to get things done, thus having a smooth day. Waking up early also gives some extra energy that you can surely use throughout the day.
7. And try to get some early nights.
You don’t have to do it all the time, just every now and then. If you’ve got an essay to write or an exam in the morning, you might just find that an early night will be exactly what you need.
8. Account for your finances.
To ensure that your money issues don’t ruin your day, be sure to account for all your finances. Before you purchase anything, make sure that you can not only afford it, but you also “need” it and not just “want” it. This will prevent you from buying things that you don’t necessarily need and will save you a lot of money, hence help you have smoother days. Also, writing down how you spend your money can help you decide what you need to cut back on if you realise you’re spending too much.
9. Review your day.
After a long day, be sure to review your day before you sleep. Look at the things that you have done throughout the day and if you did them to the best of your ability or if they could have been done better. Reviewing your day helps in knowing how to improve what you did so as to ensure that your day runs smoothly and not to make the same mistakes that you did the last time. This can also alert you as to what you could work on the next day.
A couple of times a week, be sure to engage yourself in some exercise so as to deal with both mentally and physically challenging tasks. You can hit the gym so as to be prepared for the physical tasks, and some yoga or meditating can help you when it comes to the mentally taxing tasks. Exercise will equip you with the much-needed tools and energy that you may require in going about your day, thus ensuring your day will run smoothly.
11. And always be prepared.
Early preparation is one of the key ways to making sure that your day runs as smoothly as possible. When you prepare early, you equip yourself with all the tools that you may require to tackle any tasks that you may have ahead. Preparation also helps you in maintaining your confidence and enforces the notion that you know what you are doing.