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5 Things you​ DON’T Need to Bring to College

5 Things you Don't Need to Bring to College |thoughts&daisies To make your packing a little easier (and your bags a little lighter) here are 5 things you don’t need to bring with you.

As schools come back in session all of us college kids are once again packing up our things and packing is daunting. So much we could bring, so little space to put it. To make your packing a little easier (and your bags a little lighter) here are 5 things you don’t need to bring with you.

 

An Iron

It sounds like a good idea. Wrinkly clothes need a way to be dealt with, but I’ve been in college for two years and have only used mine a handful of times. Because it takes a lot of effort. Instead, opt for a wrinkle spray or a handheld steamer. Super easy to use and takes up less storage space. 

Your Whole Wardrobe

Not having every piece of clothing you own for a whole year, or at least a semester can feel limiting. Especially if you go to school really far away like I do. While you may want to, you don’t need to take your whole wardrobe with you. You won’t even have space for half of it in those tiny dorm room closets. You just need to pack smart. 

Pack for the seasons you will be there first. If you don’t need all of your winter gear the first semester leave it at home and do a wardrobe swap over the break. 

Start packing by laying out piles of basic staple pieces by items. Shirts, pants, PJs, etc. Once you have that then add in more clothes. But before you take that top that has been collecting dust in your closet for 5 years really decide if it’s worth it. Take more versatile pieces instead. 

Rule of thumb, if you haven’t worn it in the past 6 months you probably won’t be missing it in college. 

 

A box of nail polish and every makeup palette you’ve ever owned

I made the mistake of taking a whole box of nail polish with me the first year and painted my nails approximately zero times. Unless you paint your nails every month I would suggest taking no polish or up to three colors. If you decide you want to paint your nails you can always stop by your local Walgreens for some polish.

Same goes with your makeup. I am not someone who uses all of my palettes on a daily basis so I am scaled back on which ones I take with me. It really pays off when your luggage is at 49.9lbs and you don’t want to be charged for overweight bags. 

Bed Risers

Most dorm beds are made to lift on their own to provide extra storage space underneath or you can loft if you want it to be extra tall. Bed risers are just extra things to buy and I just don’t think they are very useful. 

Most Valuables

Keep the valuables you take with you to a minimum. It is better to be safe than sorry. For whatever you do take with you have a safe place for it hidden in your dorm like a small safe. 

Be smart with what you bring. Don’t bring an expensive speaker when you can get one at Target for around $20. If you can’t afford to lose it maybe don’t bring it. 

 

Happy Packing!

 

If you have any other suggestions of things NOT to bring to college put it in the comments!  When do you go back to school?

 

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3 Simple Microwave Meals

3 Simple Microwave Meals |Thoughts & Daisies Living in a dorm sometimes you don’t have access to all the fancy necessities to cook a gourmet meal, or even just a pot to put on the stove, but have no fear you can still cook some delicious things! All you need is a microwavable mug and a microwave.

Living in a dorm sometimes you don’t have access to all the fancy necessities to cook a gourmet meal, or even just a pot to put on the stove, but have no fear you can still cook some delicious things!

All you need is a microwavable mug and a microwave.

 

French Toast

Yes, you can make french toast in a mug! I didn’t believe it at first either.

What you need

Milk

Eggs

Bread (wheat seems to work the best)

Vanilla (can substitute with some syrup is needed)

Cinnamon

First whisk eggs together with milk, vanilla, and cinnamon

Soak cut up pieces of bread in the mixture

Place in microwave for 60-90 seconds depending on the way your microwave cooks food

AND SERVE

Add some of your favorite toppings like syrup, chocolate chips, or fruit to taste.

 

Eggs

The easiest eggs to make in the microwave are your standard scrambled.

Crack eggs into a mug, I find up to three works the best

Whisk eggs with salt and pepper, adding milk will help to fluff your eggs

Microwave on high for 45 seconds, stir

Microwave for another 30-45 seconds

And TADA

Add some cheese, herbs, or even salsa for added flavor

 

Mac and Cheese

½ cup of macaroni noodles

½ cup of water

Shredded cheese

Salt and Pepper

Add noodles and water to large mug cook on high for 1 min, stir

Cook for another minute, stir

Continue to cook in 30-second intervals until macaroni are thoroughly cooked

If it is getting too dry add a bit of water

Stir in cheese, salt, and pepper

Enjoy!

Note: Be careful to watch your macaroni because the water is prone to overflow during the cooking process

 

All of these meals can also be made in a microwave safe bowl as well.

These are great alternatives for when you get tired of campus food or ordering pizza.

Let me know if you want to see another post talking about microwave desserts!

3 Simple Microwave Meals |Thoughts & Daisies Living in a dorm sometimes you don’t have access to all the fancy necessities to cook a gourmet meal, or even just a pot to put on the stove, but have no fear you can still cook some delicious things! All you need is a microwavable mug and a microwave.

What to do when you get Semester Burnout

What to do when you get Semester Burnout |Thoughts &Daisies There is a point in every semester when everything seems to be piling up and no matter how much you are doing, it never seems to be enough. When this point comes, burnout inevitably follows.

There is a point in every semester when everything seems to be piling up and no matter how much you are doing, it never seems to be enough. When this point comes, burnout inevitably follows. Especially when you can see the light at the end of the tunnel and break is on its way.

I get semester burnout every semester but especially in the spring. When all I want is summer to come so I can take a break from essays and homework and getting up early burnout be excruciatingly frustrating.

Take a Break

During this time of the semester, I have found that one of the best ways to get some energy back is to just take a break. Not one of those measly half-hour breaks, but a nice, long day off break. Especially if you have nothing due the next day and you find work that should take around an hour is taking four just take the day for yourself.

Go out with friends

Similarly to just taking a break going out with some friends is a great way to gain some motivation to do homework. Head to the movies, a party, or even just on a coffee date.

One day/One hour at a time

One of the most important things to do when you have semester burnout is to take everything one day and even just one hour at a time. Burnout can be frustrating and if you feed on it by trying to force yourself to do everything as fast as possible nothing will get done. Maybe you don’t do as much as you would like to one day but that doesn’t mean the next will be just as uneventful. Instead, structure your day hour by hour and designate one hour to work as hard as you can on one thing before moving on. Even doing one section of a homework assignment or writing 100 words of an essay before zoning out is better than doing nothing.

Change of scenery

I find that sometimes I sit in my room so long that I can’t focus anymore because I’ve been so unproductive and want to sit in bed. To fix this I will take my laptop outside if it is a nice day or head out to a cafe or the library to mix it up. A change of scenery does wonders to dissipate stir crazy energy.

In college, you really have to learn to pick and choose your battles. Life gets so hectic and it doesn’t help when all you want to do is not do work. Don’t worry about having everything be perfect and know that it is okay to take a break if you need it.

Do you have your own methods to beat semester burnout? I would love to hear about it, let me know in the comments!

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What to do when you get Semester Burnout |Thoughts &Daisies There is a point in every semester when everything seems to be piling up and no matter how much you are doing, it never seems to be enough. When this point comes, burnout inevitably follows.
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What to do when you get Semester Burnout |Thoughts &Daisies There is a point in every semester when everything seems to be piling up and no matter how much you are doing, it never seems to be enough. When this point comes, burnout inevitably follows.

11 Ways to Increase Your Weekly Productivity

11 Ways to Increase Your Weekly Productivity |Thoughts & Daisies You will never be able to be more productive unless you work at it. Like anything, it takes practice but I assure you if you by utilizing these tips you will begin to feel a difference in your weekly productivity.

Welcome back to my blog for day 12 of the 30-day blog challenge, and if this is your first time here

Hello!! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Today I am going to be talking…writing… about tips be more PRODUCTIVE!

This was requested on my Instagram to blog about, so shout out to the two people who actually responded with what they wanted me to write.

  1. Make a list

I know I’ve talked about this in some of my other posts.

(See: Time Management.  Effective Studying.)

But I honestly can not recommend this enough. Making a list is the best way to get organized and know what needs to be done. I like to organize my lists by two specific characteristics, most important and due date. By categorizing my lists I can better get a sense of what I need to spend more time on and what I have to really be sure not to leave till the last minute.

  1. Get up earlier

I know what you are thinking. Alexandra no, why would I want to wake up early when I could sleep for an extra 30 minutes and snooze my alarm 7 times. I hear you I am not a fan of getting up early but I have found when I get up a bit earlier I have more time to get work done without feeling rushed. Start small, you don’t have to get up at 5 in the morning all of a sudden. Even just set your alarm 30 minutes earlier and even if you snooze it that 7 times you should be getting up when you normally set your alarm thereby giving yourself at least an extra 30 minutes of your day.

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  1. Put away distractions!

This is important. You can not get productive if your phone is buzzing at you every 3 seconds for social media notifications or you have a Youtube video or Netflix show playing. It may be hard but turn off your phone, exit out of all of your fun tabs and get to work. Without the distractions, you will be able to get work done much faster and then have all that free time to goof off. There are even apps you can download onto your laptop to block yourself from certain websites you find distracting until you finish your work. A great option if you find you get side tracked easily.

  1. Schedule time to get work done

Instead of saying maybe you will start work later tonight, actually schedule out a block of time for you to work. If you have a free two hours between your classes instead of sitting around take that time to try and plow through some work. Find your free blocks of time in the day and devote it to studying. Put it in your calendar and set a reminder. When something is scheduled in my Google Calendar I am MUCH more likely to actually do it. You will be glad you scheduled the time out later when your friend wants to hang out at night and you already spent time earlier doing homework.

  1. Have a routine

A routine is really helpful to be more productive. Whether it be a weekly routine or daily, having a constant in your life will increase your work drive. This will help to minimize the worry about how to get everything done. For me, my routine includes trying to eat at the same time everyday and schedule that around when I can get started on my homework. During the week I also try to be finished with homework every day by 10:30pm which makes it easier for me to stick to my homework times and not put it off.

  1. Prioritize

Priority and productivity go hand in hand. With how packed college days can get it is important to prioritize what you spend your time on. If you have an 8 page paper worth 100 points due tomorrow and a homework assignment that is worth 10 points but your teacher will accept late work, do the paper and take the late grade on the homework. Priority also corresponds to your social life. If some of your friends want to hang out and you know you will be out past midnight but you have an exam at 8am the next day you may have to make the hard choice of telling your friends you can’t go out that night. There will always be more time to hang out with your friends, but getting a bad grade because you didn’t study enough AND came to the exam exhausted isn’t going to help later in the semester when grades are about to be due.

  1. Take breaks

Productivity isn’t about studying and working at all hours of the day only to have a few hours to sleep and repeat. Humans aren’t meant to be go-go-go all the time.

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There is no way to be productive if you don’t take some time for yourself. If you have been diligently working during your work blocks then you will be able to take a day off and go out or watch a movie to refresh yourself. Even small breaks will be extremely helpful to your overall productivity. If you work for an hour take a 20 minute break. Eat a snack, scroll on social media, or watch an episode of Friends and then get back to work.

  1. Don’t procrastinate

The #1 way to be more productive is to not procrastinate. Easier said than done. I have been an epic procrastinator in the past. Leaving things to the last minute because I assume they will be easy to finish. Procrastination kills your productive drive. Procrastination is never worth it and once you take up the mindset that you want to stop doing it you take the first step to actually stopping.

  1. Just do it.

Nothing is going to get done if you just sit around and wait for the right time to start it. When it comes to being productive you have to silence the voice in your head that tells you to wait until tomorrow and actually get started on it.

Like Shia Lebouf says  “Just DO IT!”

Or you know… Nike.

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  1. Give yourself incentives

Something I have found that has really helped me with productivity is to give myself incentives for actually working. Like “If I finish this page of homework I can eat the ice cream I have in the freezer” or “Once I write at least 4 pages of this paper I can watch the new episode I’ve been waiting for.” When you have a tangible reason to get things done it feels simpler.

  1. Get enough sleep

As a college student, it seems sleep is the one of the last things on my mind. There is so much to do. Whether it be homework, going out, or binge watching, sleep slips onto the backburner. The problem with this is no one can expect to function well doing everything they have/want to do when they are exhausted. So why do us as college things think we are invulnerable to overexhaustion by our lack of sleep? When a small child is grumpy and irritable they are put down for a nap because they need it and it helps them be able to have fun and accomplish things later. Everyone accepts this. Now as a college aged kid a great way to stop accepting the overexhaustion we need to treat ourselves a bit like toddlers. If you know you haven’t been sleeping well enough skip that party or that extra episode of Netflix and go to bed early or take a nap. When you wake up refreshed and with some energy, you will be grateful in your decision.

You will never be able to be more productive unless you work at it. Like anything, it takes practice but I assure you if you by utilizing these tips you will begin to feel a difference in your weekly productivity.

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What are some things you do to be productive?

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11 Ways to Increase Your Weekly Productivity |Thoughts & Daisies You will never be able to be more productive unless you work at it. Like anything, it takes practice but I assure you if you by utilizing these tips you will begin to feel a difference in your weekly productivity.
11 Ways to Increase Your Weekly Productivity |Thoughts & Daisies You will never be able to be more productive unless you work at it. Like anything, it takes practice but I assure you if you by utilizing these tips you will begin to feel a difference in your weekly productivity.

 

11 Ways to Increase Your Weekly Productivity |Thoughts & Daisies You will never be able to be more productive unless you work at it. Like anything, it takes practice but I assure you if you by utilizing these tips you will begin to feel a difference in your weekly productivity.

Best Ways to Eat Healthy in College

 

Best Ways to Eat Healthy in College |Thoughts & Daisies

 

Best Ways to Eat Healthy in College |Thoughts & Daisies

Best Ways to Eat Healthy in College |Thoughts & Daisies

One of the hardest things I’ve had to figure out in college was how to eat healthily. I have never been an unhealthy eater but the second I got to college it was hard to find a rhythm. Especially when 95% of everything I eat comes from the dining halls on campus and the places that accept my student card. When not everything looks appetizing and the same meals are served weekly it can be extremely hard to not fall in the habit of eating pizza or burgers every day.

For your body to function properly you have to be feeding it the right nutrients. You can’t expect your skin to glow, or your stomach to not constantly be upset if all you eat is sugar and grease.

While it can seem incredibly daunting there are a lot of easy ways to make sure you eat a healthier diet amidst standard college food.

  1. Drink Water

Water is so important and I know I don’t drink enough of it, so I am sure others have this problem too. When dining halls are filled with soda and energy drinks and everyone is stopping into Starbucks everyday water can be one of the last things you are grabbing.

Water helps your body in a million ways, like not being dehydrated, helping with the dryness and overall look of your skin, digestion, and it helps flush out toxins and germs.  

So next time you want to grab a third coffee or a can of soda, get some water. If you get bored of plain water add some fruit or lemon to your water to jazz it up. Also, carry around a reusable water bottle to remind yourself about water.  

  1. Add some greens

Sometimes I look back on the meals I’ve had in my day and realized that they were all filled with cheese and carbs and bread but I couldn’t remember what greens I ate. Greens are packed with vitamins and nutrients and have a ton of health benefits.

Some yummy options are spinach, bok choy, lettuce and collard greens. And if we just go on the option of green foods, in general, there are tons more. Like AVOCADOS which are filled with protein and more potassium than a banana, green bell peppers, asparagus, and artichokes.

When you look at your meal and notice it looks a bit colorless go find some greens to add.

  1. Add some veggies to your pizza

If you are going to go the pizza route add in some veggies. Olives, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and broccoli are all great options.  

  1. Get a smoothie instead of coffee

The caffeine in coffee may give you a quick energy boost throughout your day but it can really take a toll. Caffeine energy will eventually have you crash and burn not to mention caffeine is dehydrating if you aren’t drinking water along with it. Instead, grab a smoothie.

In the rec center of my school, there is a smoothie bar where they make smoothies with things like fruit, acai, and kale. It is a great way to add extra fruit to my diet and get an energy boost.

  1. Add some healthy snacks to your dorm

I know I like to snack and if all I have on hand is chips and candy that’s all I’ll eat. When I have things like fruit and nuts on hand in my room I am more likely to grab that to snack on. I really enjoy hard boiled eggs, raspberries, and pretzels with peanut butter.

  1. If you can, Cook!

One of the easiest ways to eat healthy in college is just to cook your own food. If you have access to a kitchen stop by the grocery store or get groceries delivered, and make your favorite homemade meal. When you cook it yourself you can better make a decision about what you are eating. Even when you don’t have access to a full kitchen you can make your own great meals with just a microwave. Stay tuned for a post about that coming up later this month!

Making sure you are eating right can help you feel more energized and better overall, and when running around in the day to day crazy college life you will totally need it.

What is your favorite way to eat healthier in college?

 

 

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