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At the present moment, I am finished with school and am awaiting my final High School results… a very slow and very anxious period. I need a way to distract myself, but I’m sick of wasting my time mindlessly scrolling through my Tumblr dashboard. I may as well be productive with my time, as well as have some fun. So here are my best (and inexpensive) creative ways to be productive:
Organise Your Desk
If you’re like me, you’ll know how hard it is to maintain a tidy desk for longer than two days. That is, without the right help from some handy bits-and-pieces from around the house. If you’re struggling to find some pen holders that look super cute, look no further than the kitchen. Cups, glasses, jars etc. make excellent pen holders. If you don’t have any available to use from home, take a look at some Op-Shops or even trinket stores. My favourite are Latte Mugs. They’re durable, functional and paintable, which is convenient if you can’t find a colour that you like, or you want to decorate it further.
Here is a picture of my own latte mugs/pen holders. I bought them for $4 from Target (on sale) a few months ago, and they have been perfect for organising my vast range of pens and pencils.
Decorate Your Make-Up Table
Make-up is so easily lost or forgotten simply because it is disorganised. Similar to organising pens, make-up can be stored in cups, glasses or jars. For makeup, I like to use glass jars, as you can clearly see through and identify the product quite easily. Below is a picture of my own make-up jars. I have used previous tomato-paste and Vegemite jars (make sure you wash them thoroughly and take off the label). You can leave them, or you can tie coloured ribbon around the neck (as I have), or even use some liquid chalk and draw pattens onto them. Another idea is to print off some fancy labels and stick them on, if you require many jars. They’re super easy and inexpensive to make, and you’re recycling. Also a handy trick, if your jar is too deep, and your brushes/products are hard to reach, fill the bottom up with glass pebbles, or rocks to elevate them.
Make Fancy Study Notes
If you’re on a school break and are bored out of your brains, I can tell you that any study you do will pay off. But study isn’t all about reading notes a thousand times. Sometimes rewriting them can be more effective! Scrap your black pen and lined paper, you need to have some fun.
DIY Book Jackets
My heart breaks when the corners of a book I love begin to separate and fall apart. That’s why creating your own book jackets is a fantastic way to preserve them. And it’s really simple. All you need is a book (duh), some wrapping paper and/or any other paper (it’s up to you), some masking tape (it may not look amazing, but it will not damage your book cover as standard tape will), and a computer with basic software and printing (for making a label). It is basically the same procedure as covering a textbook or exercise book in contact covering, however, I will outline the process anyway:
This is my copy of “Little Women”, the jacket created in the same procedure.
Thank you for reading this post! I hope it helped you in some way to feel productive while having fun! Please comment below if you have tried any of these and share your experience!
Seeing as I have exams coming up pretty soon, I need as many de-stressing strategies as possible!
Therefore, I am going to share with you a few of my favourite techniques and websites for when things get a bit tough.
A universal relaxation technique enjoyed by pretty much everyone. Although, stress relief does come in more than one genre. Typically associated with de-stressing is the classical/soft variety of music, however, I personally enjoy mixing it up with some energetic anthems to keep me feeling positive and awake (especially with my late-night-last-minute cramming).
Musicovery is a website where you can choose the degree of energy, genre, tempo etc. of music from a vast range of radios/playlists. It’s really simple to use and it’s free (though there is a subscription option). There’s also an iPhone/Android (?) app so you can take it anywhere. I’ve found it makes great background music for studying (if you’re into that).
Another awesome website is ZenCast. ZenCast is a site where you can customise various elements of sound in nature to your liking, volume, etc. and just sit back and relax to the sound of 60% campfire, 20% Calm River, 20% European Robin (my settings as I write this!) I love using this when I’m writing study notes, or writing an essay or story. It can also be used to help you fall asleep, and has a sleep timer, too!
As counterproductive as it sounds, doing nothing can help you to prevent procrastination and stimulate effective study! Sometimes, especially if you’ve just completed a strenuous task, having a five minute break allows you to rest, as well as de-clutter your mind before moving onto another task. I find that after about an hour of solid study, I begin the open tabs of tumblr. and youtube, distracting me and forcing my motivation to slip.
Having the right food around you when you are stressed is essential! Many foods (especially fruits and veg) can help your body fight against physical and mental barriers: including stress! So I’ve compiled a list of foods that alleviate stress, with some serving suggestions:
Escapism is always the best form of stress relief, for me personally (best ’till last!). I find that sinking into a nice book and absorbing in the setting, and empathising with the characters just lifts a great amount of weight from your shoulders. Nostalgic books work best for me (Harry Potter), because they not only take me into another world, but remind me of the times of when I discovered the book, or first read it – simpler times. I am not going to be compiling a reading list (maybe another time? Let me know if you’re interested in this) as I would feel bad for undoubtedly leaving something out, and your favourite books are completely subjective.
Thanks for taking the time to read this long and probably unamusing post! Good luck to anyone who has a test or stressful event coming up in the future!
Seeing as I have reached 100 followers, I thought I should properly thank you all for this!
I know I don’t “blog” so much as I initially expected to, and have resorted to pursuing my favourite hobby of creating fashion and home sets of Polyvore, but I want this to change.
I will, of course, continue to create on Polyvore, but I want to do so much more than just that. I want to write more often, and as I have reached 100 fabulous followers, I probably should get on with it.
There are many things I would be happy to write about, including fashion, design, beauty, lifestyle or even just my thoughts. If you want to read something in particular, please don’t hesitate to request it! Basically, I want to write about my interests and things that are on my mind, things that I may not have the opportunity to express to the people around me.
As I am completing my final few weeks of high school (finally), I will be occupied. However, I hope writing will help me to relieve stress and take a break from my busy schedule of study.
Not a long post, I know, but I simply wanted to thank you all so so much for liking, reposting and commenting on my posts, and even just taking the time to follow me. I truly appreciate the support. For me, 100 followers is an amazing feat, and I hope you will continue to join me on this new road I plan to embark on.