How I (try to) stay organise at uni | …the things which have taken me a while to learn…

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Yes, I am in my second year of university and I’m only just working out how to stay on top of things. First year was just an array of sticky notes plasters on the wall by my desk, and it worked! I survived! Yay! This year, however, I have figured a way which really helps me keep on top of things without plastering the walls with sticky notes.

I thought I’d share what I do in the hopes that it might help someone else out and let me know what you do to keep on top on life…

This post is a long one so you might want to get a snack or something to sustain you

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January 2019 | …somewhat of a favourites list …

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So January has happened. It didn’t feel out of the ordinary really. Just another month. Even I’ll admit that December doesn’t feel that long ago, but there are a handful of things which I’ve been doing and enjoying to keep me occupied (and to force me to take breaks from uni work.)

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Attempting to “Define” My Reading Tastes | spoiler alert: i can’t

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I have recently been having a little “crisis” with regard to my reading taste, or rather, the fact I have no idea how to define it. When it comes to my friends I can associate a genre (or two) with them. When I think of [this person] I associate them with this genre. Friends please do not ask me to do this.

I do feel like I am going through a little bit of a reshuffle in my reading tastes anyway at the moment which is featuring a fair amount of unhauling books, changing up my shelves and (naturally) acquiring more books which I want to get to reading.

So, what did I do in this situation? I asked my friends! Of course, I looked for clarity through other people and I’m not going to lie, I found their responses sometimes amusing, but interesting.

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Setting Myself a Bookish Challenge | let’s sort out those shelves…

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Since the new year, a lot of people around me – friends and family – have had a good old sort out of their book collections. New year, new me and all that I presume. Anyway, it got me thinking about all the many books I owe which I have yet to read on my shelves and OH WOW when did that happen? There are quite a few books there – more than I had anticipated. The working number I have is 60-ish(?)

As I currently split my time between two places (my parents house and my house at uni) I have books all over the place and it is quite difficult to keep track of where exactly my unread books are. But alas a list has been made and I think I’m going to try to do something about it.

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Life is Strange 2 Episode 2 : A Discussion | Some thoughts after that rollercoaster…

So I said I would try blogging more about games and here we are. I played epsiode 2 of Life is Strange 2 last night (and finished it at approximately 1am) and I have a lot of feelings and thoughts about it so far, so we’re going to have a little chat. 

I am going to try to keep this as spoiler free as possible for the entire franchise so far which includes, Life is Strange, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit and Life is Strange 2 (episode 1 and 2). Of course, at this point – if anyone is reading this in the future – I have no clue how the rest of Life is Strange 2 is going to pan out, so I may sound completely clueless.

With all that disclaimer style stuff out of the way, let’s get rambling…

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Gaming | the unspoken love of my life…

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Considering I do love wasting spending time playing video games, I really don’t talk about them on this blog, or Twitter, which baffles me slightly. I go through phases of spending a serious amount of time at my laptop playing a game and some months, I spend hardly any time gaming.So, I thought I’d write what is probably going to be a rambly post about video games and me.

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2019 Goals | books, history and some other stuff…

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I feel like this post is going to be very similar to my list of 2018 goals. Largely due to the fact that I am going to be referring to it as I write this one, but also because I think there are going to be some similarities in the lists with perhaps some more specifics.

As I did last year, I’m going to split these goals into book related and not book related goals. So, here we go.

Bookish Goals

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  • Read 60 books – As I write this, I have read 71 books in 2018 (with about a week to go until 2019) so I did smash through this goal last year. I don’t want to push myself to the point of reading being a chore so I don’t think I’ll increase that goal. It’s relatively ambitious, but not unrealistic for me. However, I don’t think I’m going to put it into Goodreads because last year I found it unnecessarily stressful. Let’s keep reading enjoyable!
  • Read audiobooks/ebooks – I do love reading physical books but I do enjoy listening to audiobooks and I do own a kindle. I just want to expand the ways in which I consume books. In 2018, I finally found and understood the joy of audiobooks so I definitely want to listen to more. It may also allow me to read multiple books at once.
  • Try to balance out uni reading and my own – Ever since starting my second year at uni, I’ve come to realise that there really aren’t enough hours in the day. I have so much I need/want to do, and often my own casual reading just doesn’t happen. I think I need to allocate my time wisely so I can fit in all the reading I want to get done.
  • Read more Short Stories – As I have mentioned in recent blog posts, I am desperate to read more collections of short stories. So, I need to pick some collections up (please leave any recommendations in the comments) and get them read. I have a few on my little TBR but I need to actually buy them.
  • Read with little knowledge – In 2018, I went into bookshops and picked up books without really knowing much about them and I want to do this more. I want to come across books which may pleasantly surprise me. I want to wander into bookshops and possibly find a new favourite.

 

Other Goals

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  • Travel (to) more (U.K. cities) – Something I’ve learnt to love in 2018 is trains. I quite enjoy the occasional train journey. I’ve also come to realise that there are so many amazing places I have either never visited, or haven’t visited since I was a child. I want to go and explore, especially places with a lot of history. I don’t know whether I’ll drag my friends/family along, or whether I’ll do some solo trips, but I do have a few places on my list. Part of me really doubts this will happen, but if it does I’ll be sure to write blog posts about my adventures.
  • Keep expanding my love of history  From around July 2018, I have been throwing myself into rediscovering history mainly through books and documentaries. I want to keep doing this. I have plenty of unread non-fiction books on my shelves which remain unread, and I have my eye on a few more. I would also love to write some blog posts about things I read/watch which I find particularly interesting… I just need some time.
  • Blog about gaming (just a little bit) – Coming at some point soon should be a post about video games and how they are kind of important to me. There are games and franchises I want to talk about more than just a passing mention in a blog post. I want to treat gaming like I do musical theatre on this blog. Just occasionally I’ll write a post about a game or discuss something because I just feel as though I have things to say. Don’t expect anything incredibly informed. I just want to talk about the things I love.
  • Write more update posts – I thoroughly enjoy writing updates posts. Especially over the summer where I wrote posts at the end of each month with the things I got done. Obviously university will also play a large part in these posts. I think this will encourage me to get out and do stuff, or at least find things to write about.

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I think this about wraps this post up. I’m interested to check in later in the year to see how I do with these. Please let me know your goals – I’m super interested to see what you’re planning for the following 12 months.