Thursday, 10 November 2016

Where has the motivation gone

So, for the first time in months, I'm back on the blog. Mainly because working on all these billions of assignments all at the same time is too much, and my motivation has died out a little bit. (Who knew third year would be this awful??)

But to be honest, if I'd started my work a bit earlier instead of watching four season of American Horror Story, I might not have so much to do at this point, so let that be a lesson to you. On another note American Horror Story is great and can't believe it took me so long to start watching it. 

Anyway, my point is, how do you find motivation? 
Here are a couple things I tend to do....

Usually, I go into the library, even if just for a few hours. Surrounding yourself with other people working can be really motivational. Also, there are pretty much no distractions in the library, so you're almost forced into doing work.

Another thing that helps me to feel more motivated is to shower, get dressed etc even if I'm not going anywhere. I find that trying to get work done in pyjamas sounds like a lovely comfy idea but in reality it just makes me more tired and less likely to do work.

Take a quick break. As before mentioned, it would not be helpful to start binge watching tv in the middle of doing work because that never ends well. I always think it's better, even though it's hard to not just run to Netflix, to do something more active in breaks. For example you could take a walk, even if it's to buy motivational snacks. Talk to someone or read a book for a bit, just to keep the brain awake. 

Work whenever you feel most comfortable. Some people just don't work well in the mornings, I definitely don't. I would much rather stay up until 2am writing an essay than try and motivate myself at 9am. So listen to your body and if you get a surge of motivation at 2am, just go with it.

Clearly I sound like a lazy person who sits a my desk all day in pyjamas trying to write essays but really just watching things on Netflix. 

How do you guys find motivation for things? Let me know in the comments! 
(because it's clearly something that I'm struggling to find!)

Sophie x

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Everyday things you didn’t realise were difficult until leaving home

(First post in forever! I've been busy with life and revision etc. Also I've started writing for Pretty52!) 

Moving away from home is a really exciting time, until you realise all the new and scary things you are going to have to do by yourself. Some of these things may have looked easy when your parents were doing them, but realistically we have all made that awkward phone call to them when we forgot how to cook an egg. And even though I've lived at uni for nearly two years now, I still get confused.

Washing up

If you leave the washing up for just a few hours it seems to multiply. How can a simple pasta bake create seven different pans, a chopping board and three plates? And how can washing up take longer than the actual cooking and eating?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has the right idea.

Paying bills

It turns out money does not just disappear out of your bank account for bills and rent, you have to actually do it yourself. You have to go into the bank and talk to people about money or (even more confusing) set up online banking.

Buying cleaning products

Why did no one ever teach us what different cleaning products do? Usually just go for the bleach everywhere method and hope it makes the dirt go away.

Money management

When you’re buying things like cleaning products and toilet roll, money finds ways of just leaking out of your bank account. And you often end up thinking you have a lot more money than you actually do.


Apparently doing laundry isn’t just shoving things into a washing machine. You have to do it all separately, but which bits do we separate? Does pale pink count as whites and how do we know which clothes are delicates? (Speaking of laundry, that's something I need to do today).

Fending for yourself if you’re ill

When you get ill you can’t just stay in bed. You have to go outside and buy the drugs to make you feel better, unless you’re sensible and are prepared for these occasions in advance.

Deciding when to eat

Working out when to eat is harder than it seems. If I’m going out at 7pm should I eat at 6pm or will I feel too full but I may be hungry if I don’t eat… You see the dilemma? And I'm not even going to go into my attempts to eat healthily.

Ultimately, we owe a lot to our parents for doing all of these things that we didn’t realise we would actually have to do one day ourselves.

Sophie x

ps. I might have only just worked out how to put GIFs into blog posts, hence all the GIFs.