Saturday, 19 March 2016

How I became productive.

Only recently have I seen a peak in my productivity. A few months ago, I was one of the laziest people when it came to doing homework and revising for tests. But thankfully, I came to the realisation that things needed to change. A lot of my friends have noticed my productivity increase, and often ask me how I did it. So I'm going to tell you some of the things which I have done to improve my productivity.

A couple of weeks ago, I printed off monthly calendars throughout the months March to June. I blue tacked them onto my wall above my desk and filled out all the dates when I have exams. This motivates me to get work done, as each time I cross out a day done, I can see how close I am to my next exam. This is really helping me realise how close they're actually becoming, resulting in me really knuckling down.

The next thing I do is something I don't think many people consider. I used to change straight into my pyjamas or a lazy outfit as soon as I got back from school. However, I've come to realise that for me the way I dress affects the way I work. If I'm dressed lazily, I'm likely to work lazily too. So I've started to change out of my uniform and into something comfy yet casual. I find this really helps.

To-do lists are my saviours. Writing down a list of things to do honestly makes productivity so much easier because watching each thing being crossed off the list is ever so satisfying to do. It's like releasing a wee that you've been holding in for a very long time, you know?

Lastly, what I like to do is work in a clean space. Clean room clean mind am I right? I shouldn't really be saying this right now actually, because as I'm writing this my room in an absolute WRECK. But!! I think I should be excused, as I had a 5-hour art exam and I'm using this evening wisely to do NOTHING. (Oh and to write this blog post).
On that note, I better get productive and clean my room!
What are your productivity tips that I could put to good use?
Lauren xx

Friday, 11 March 2016

Why I've been gone

I've found myself avoiding this for so long. I went a week without blogging, then a week turned into a couple of weeks, which then turned into a month, which therefore ended up with me pushing any thoughts of my abandoned blog to the back of my mind. Because with each week that went by, the harder it was for me to open up Blogger again to write. But here I am. I'm not entirely sure what happened if I'm going to be completely honest with you. I do know that I had a dreaded block of creativity and that I was also put down by a lot of negativity that I saw on twitter. I witnessed a lot of drama and spits between bloggers, which was not nice to see and put a dampening on the idea of blogging again. I even stopped reading blogs for a while too, because each one I read made me feel guilty about my own lack of writing.

I've done a lot during my little break. I visited Poland for a week and took a huge amount of pictures for Instagram. I had a week of mocks in school last week too and hence found myself drowned in revision. I've also got a ski trip to Bulgaria to look forward to near the end of March, and the idea of that has helped me to keep going every day. Apart from that, it's just been work work work. And no I'm not talking about the Rhianna song.

But enough about me, what about you guys? I hope you're all feeling fine and dandy, with trips to look forward to and amazing people surrounding you. However if you're feeling down, a bit blue, or under the weather, I hope that turns around for you so that you can start feeling like yourself again. If  you have the time why don't you comment all the things you're looking forward to this year, how you're feeling, and maybe tell me something you're grateful for too?

To make up for my lack of words over here for the past few weeks, here are some photos I took in Poland. (They were taken on my phone though so don't expect too much haha)

I've seriously missed blogging, and I hope I keep this up now.
I love you guys.
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