I mentioned in yesterday’s post that for me, library days are something that really help me do better at university. I have promised myself that I’ll go to the library every other Saturday in order to make sure I’m caught up with everything. In this post, I’m going to give you a little run down as to what I do on a library day. Also, a quick apology for the horribly cringey title, I tried out like three other ones and this was the only one that I liked. Blogger struggles, eh?
Some people from university have mentioned that they’ve never stepped foot in the library and these people scare me. I find booking myself a little study pod and getting shit done is very beneficial for a few reasons. The main reason is that there is a lack of anything that could distract me. Another reason is that I feel a lot more compelled to do work when I’m in the uni buildings.
HAVE A ROOM BOOKED
Always make sure you have your room booked a few days before you go because sometimes people take them without booking so it’s best to make sure you have one bagsied already. It also means that you have a space for the whole day and you don’t need to worry about moving which always makes me feel a little calmer.
GET THERE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE
It’s good to get there in the morning so that you can get whatever you need to do finished without being there until a silly time at night. Sometimes I get there for 9am and sometimes I get there for about 11am but I always try and get there while it’s still morning.
SET OUT AN ITINERARY
It’s always good to have an idea in your head of what you’re going to do while you’re at the library. I like to power through quite a lot while I’m there so my list is always a little long but it’s worth it to feel accomplished after it’s all done. My list might look something like this
- Plan essay for 5MZ
- Get books and start doing notes for 5MZ
- Do weekly readings for all modules and answer any questions
- Look over assignment brief for 5SL and choose an essay title
- Finish lecture notes for 5SL
CHOOSE WHAT YOU WANT AS BACKGROUND NOISE
This is a pretty big one for me. Depending on what mood I’m in I can work with some noise in the background. I prefer some of the study playlists on Spotify, this one and this one are my favourites. Other times I like to work in complete silence. When I’m busy I can have a thousand thoughts racing through my brain so sometimes the music does more harm than good.
START GETTING STUFF DONE
Once I’m settled in, I like to get right into smashing my to-dos. I like to tick a task off then have a little 10-minute break just so that I don’t burn myself out while I’m there. I sometimes find that breaking one big task into smaller chunks helps but you can do whatever works for you. Even if you only get one thing done, it’s a success.
GET SOME BRAIN FOOD
Of course, you’re going to need a nibble when you’re out for most of the day. I used to eat out whenever I was in the library, but I’ve decided that once ever four library days. I’ll treat myself to eating out whether it’s a cheeky McDonalds or something else. I like to take in my food flask with something yummy in it like pasta or some rice with a little chocolate bar as a treat.
GO HOME WITH A SMUG SMILE ON YOUR FACE
Once I’ve gotten done all (or sometimes most) of what I wanted to do, I get back on the train with a smug look on my face. It’s a good feeling because you take out time for yourself to do something that is going to be beneficial to your degree and how well you do. I’ve definitely found that when I have these little days in the library, I see my grades doing better but I also feel like I know more in my modules because I’ve taken the time to sit down and do it.
Thank you so much for reading. I hope this has maybe inspired you to book yourself in for a library day a few times a month! See you tomorrow for a new post. Have a lovely day and stay beautiful.
“Hustle isn’t just working on the things you like. It means doing the things you don’t enjoy so you can do the things you love” – Unknown
Lots of loves,