I’ll be honest, my Fall semester was rough. I didn’t do as well as I had hoped in any of my classes, and that’s all on me. This semester is going to be even worse though, since I started working at a local daycare. I will also be completing my internship there (180 hours by mid-May). I am only taking four courses, but this will be a long few months. It is also my last semester. If all goes well, I am set to graduate in May.
I need to actually use my planner. I have such a great one but I rarely use it.
I need to make better use of my free time – instead of just binge-watching Supernatural, as fun as that is…
I need to get out of the house to do homework whenever I can, which won’t be often anymore. This will help curb the binge-watching.
I need to make daily and weekly plans for my homework and all of my tasks (parenting, dating, house stuff, the Cat, etc). Using my planner will help with this.
I had class on Monday even though it was a holiday. A perk of online classes is that you can do your work any time, any where. I managed to finish three short quizzes and make some progress of a large assignment.
At the end of the first week, I dropped a class. I was a week into in and already having anxiety attacks about it (math). The good news is that I didn’t need that class for my degree – it was just something I had hoped to do. Turns out, I just can’t do math.
I am down to a more-manageable four courses. I’m taking Beginning Spanish (which is harder than I thought, since there’s no textbook), a College Study skills course, a child development course on curriculum and planning, and Human Development from a Psychology standpoint. Nice and easy, right? Probably not!
Spanish is tough because she posts the directions to assignments in Spanish, and uses several videos, but I think it will be a fun class once it gets going. Thankfully, I’ve been using Duolingo for the past month so I know a little bit more than nothing.
I carry around a metal 64oz cup (with a straw) because it keeps my water cold forever and using a straw seems to make it easier for me to drink more.
Walk as much as possible.
Park at the end of the parking lot. Take the stairs not the elevator. Eat lunch while you walk. Just take more steps. This in one tip I am having a hard time with. Taking my own advice and heading out for a walk now!
Choose fruits and veggies over junk in the cafeteria or pack your own lunch.
I am not a huge fan of fruits and veggies. I only like a few, and honestly, I’d rather grab a Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter cup instead of a cup of pineapple, but you know, I need that pineapple more.
Don’t skip breakfast.
I am not a huge breakfast eater, but have an apple, banana, piece of toast. Something in your belly to help you focus.
Don’t stay up too late (especially if you have kids like I do!)
For the past few nights, I’ve been going to bed at about 10:30. I still think this is a little late, since I don’t feel rested in the morning, but as the semester progresses I will adjust it. I read my Kindle app right before I fall asleep. I barely make it a few pages before I’m out. Do what works for you!
At the beginning of last year, I was so excited to shop for school supplies for myself. Now, as I’m finishing up my third semester, I realized that all the notebooks and fancy pens I bought for school have ended up on my kids’ art shelves. The classes I’m taking – I don’t need to take notes, so I don’t need notebooks. I don’t need fancy pens that my kids just steal and lose anyway.
I love buying pens and notebooks and office supplies in general. But when you’re on a budget, you quickly learn what’s a waste of money and what’s not.
I never use my backpack. It sits in the living room getting chewed on by the cat. I have a large purse, and my laptop and binder fit perfectly.
I’m also trying to declutter my house for winter since we will be spending a considerable amount of time inside (Minnesota winters are not fun.) Notebooks, papers, and pens are the first things to go.