University can be overwhelming at times with balancing deadlines, social life and down-time. In order to be a productive student, you need to get this balance just right.
Planning is an essential part of organising your day so that you can use every minute effectively in order to reach your goals, long-term and short-term.
Divide your day into 30 minute segments from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep.
I know that sounds daunting but bare with me! Here are some points to get you started:
Write out the 30 minute slots on a piece of paper, planner or writing a note on your phone so you always have it with you.
Go through a normal day, filling in each slot with what you do naturally – Be honest with yourself here, this is the foundation of productivity!
At the end of the day, go through the areas where you were least productive and learn from it. Why were you not productive? Do you need more down-time?
Make a new day of time slots and this time PLAN the next day out based on what you have learnt from the previous day.
A ‘To Do’ list is a good place to begin planning each day. Write out what you wish to achieve by the end of the day and tailor your time to those targets. Make sure the to do list is achievable or you will not feel as productive. Feeling productive is half the battle.
Don’t forget about down-time and your social life – plan time to do things you enjoy!
According to NY Post, 50% of millennials have a side hustle already, turning to remote and flexible work that fits around their studies or jobs. Many have even turned their side hustles into full time businesses.
If you are anything like me, I needed a job, but there was no way I could commit to 16 hours or more a week, get work experience in my industry, be a full-time, busy student and afford to live.
Here are my top 3 Side-Hustles:
1. Social Media Evaluator
Just what it says on the tin, companies will actually pay you to review ads, videos, websites and social media pages. You choose how many hours you want to do and many projects can be completed on your phone. The company I work for is called Appen.
2. Brand Ambassador
Agencies often hire students to promote to other students. They work with big brands, the work is varied and the best part? You can choose when and where you want to work. I worked for Campus Industries, however there are plenty of agencies to choose from.
3. Freelance Writing
Many newspapers, online blogs and magazines will often accept proposals from new writers if they offer a fresh perspective to their readers. Writers and Artists’ Year Book, has been my bible for freelance writing. It is an annual comprehensive guide of how to submit work and the types of pieces companies are looking for.
Whilst these are a few I have personally tried and tested, there is a side hustle for absolutely everyone.
Are there any side hustles that you have tried and enjoyed? Share your ideas by commenting below!
It’s coming to that time of the year where you are waiting to hear if we’ve been accepted for an interview for our chosen three universities. It can be a daunting and exciting thought of moving to a different city to study a degree to hopefully achieve your dream job.
As a student who has plucked up the courage to attend my local university, I can give nothing but Hull University praise. The transition from college to university was fairly fluid with the university helping with that. Just by putting a taster week on to familiarise with referencing, writing as an undergraduate and postgraduate student.
There aren’t many people who are aware of help you can receive if you have a learning disability. In fact, sometimes we may feel it is difficult to study but afraid to admit for help. Don’t worry about it! Hull University give students who are attending their first year at the University the chance to complete an online test that determines if you need help.
The university will determine if you need additional help from Student Finance who will assess you for an equipment grant. There are a number of programmes that are available for those who have a learning disability. The popular software used is Dragon a speech dictates software that enables the user to speak from reading a book.
How great does this all sound? Is Hull University one of your choices if not why not?