Changing it up

As you might have realised, I’m changing things up. I’m planning on turning my blog into more of a study/school tips platform and less lifestyle. I’ve been finding it hard to get motivation for posts and all I want to post is study blogs so I’m going to change it up a bit. I’ll still post some different content but this will mainly be a study platform. My new name is Study like Hermione, yes I am part of that fandom, and I’ll be posting more study routines, note taking, bullet journal etc. Anyway, stay tuned for exciting content!

Lyss xx

Ps. I need a new catchphrase/slogan to end my blogs with, preferably a Hermione quote or something to do with studying. Let me know your suggestions,please! Xx

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Getting things done

Do you ever have so many things to do but absolutely no motivation to do them?Sometimes it’s just so hard to find the motivation you need to get things done, we like to pretend we’re motivated and productive but most of the time we’re just sitting on the couch watching youtube videos or reading blog posts about productivity instead of being motivated and getting things done. I’m not a motivation queen or anything but I do have some motivational tips to share with you.

Remind yourself of the final product. If you have to tidy your room envision the cleanest room ever and you’ll feel more motivated to get your room looking like that. Just remind yourself why you’re doing whatever you’re doing and you’ll be more productive.

Have some fun. It’s no fun doing jobs and hating them, you may as well make the most of it and play some music or watch a movie. If you’re organising or doing work put on your favourite tunes and incorporate a jam session into the chore, I play music everywhere and anywhere and it makes me so much more willing to do a job. If you’re folding washing or washing dishes put on a movie or your favourite TV show and have some “you time” whilst doing a job.

Take breaks. Don’t try to do everything in one day. Maybe do two large jobs a day and have rewarding breaks in between. If you spend too much time working you’ll start to hate it and have no motivation so give yourself a break, you deserve it.

Get company.  My sister and I often help each other tidy our rooms and it just makes the job so much more fun especially if you listen to music and have a cleaning party together.

If all else fails. JUST DO IT (sponsored by Nike ;), no not really) and get things done sometimes you just have to enforce some self-control and turn off the TV and do what needs doing.

Hopefully, this post helps you get things done and have some motivative productivity, I’m definitely not perfect at getting jobs done, just ask my Mum 😉 but I still try my hardest.

What are your motivation tips? Let me know in the comments below.

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Being Vegetarian

In case you didn’t know, I’m vegetarian and I lead a meat-free life. Being vegetarian isn’t as easy as it seems so I’m going to share a few tips to help out people who want to go vegetarian or are struggling with a vegetarian diet.

If you’re contemplating vegetarianism ask yourself why you’re doing it. Don’t do it because it’s ‘trendy and popular’, maintaining a healthy vegetarian diet is really hard so make sure it’s something you actually want to do before you make the decision.

If you’ve decided to be vegetarian decide what you will and won’t eat, there are many different branches of vegetarianism: Lacto-Ovo vegetarians (eat both dairy products and eggs), Lacto-vegetarians (eat dairy products but avoid eggs), Ovo-vegetarians (eat eggs but not dairy products) and pescetarians (eat fish but no meat).  I am Lacto-Ovo vegetarian so I only cut out meat because I’m fine with eating dairy and eggs. Another thing to consider is gelatine which is a setting agent in jelly and lollies that is made out of animal bones, I personally don’t eat anything with gelatine but there’s nothing wrong with being vegetarian and still eating it.

Once you’ve decided what kind of vegetarian diet you are going to follow it’s time to supplement. Being vegetarian isn’t as simple as cutting out meat, you need to supplement it with other food items that contain the vitamins you’re missing out on: protein and iron. I eat lots of eggs, beans, tofu and fake meat products in my meat-free diet. When supplementing think of what meat would usually go in the dish you are having and find an alternative similar to that. I personally enjoy having fake meat as an alternative because it tastes and looks like real meat, even if my family and friends gag at the sight of it!

Last but not least, eating out. Most restaurants will have at least one or two vegetarian options, sadly being vegetarian massively limits your menu choices but some restaurants cater really well to vegetarians! Also, if you’re traveling, make sure you order your type of vegetarian e.g. Lacto-Ovo. I’ve had my experiences with receiving vegan food, no offense to vegans but that stuff is pretty gross!

Hopefully, this post helps make vegetarianism easier. if you’d like to see more posts about vegetarianism or why I’m vegetarian just leave a comment letting me know.

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My Study Routine

We don’t like school and we don’t like study but let’s face it, it’s pretty important. Some people never study and still manage to ace their tests with flying colours but the majority of people have to work to succeed. As much as we would love to snap our fingers and get straight A’s that’s not the reality, as Rhianna said we have to “work, work, work, work, work” and that involves study. My typical study routine goes like this:

I’ll start off by getting comfortable. You’ll be so much more motivated if you feel comfy so put on your tracksuit pants and faded hoodie, nobody’s going to see you whilst you’re studying! Also, make sure your chair is comfy, If you don’t have a cushioned chair just put a pillow on the back of your chair, instant comfort!

Next, I’ll get some snacks. If it’s a cold day I like to drink tea while studying, on a hot day I’ll drink some water or a healthy smoothie. As for food I like to eat healthy food such as nuts and fruit, if I’m feeling indulgent I might have some chocolate too, hehe! My favourite snack is a trail mix: to make a trail mix just combine your favourite nuts and dried fruit, I also like to add chocolate chips. Along with a trail mix, I’ll cut up some fruit and eat that as well. When you’re studying eating healthy food is really good for you and can keep you focused.

Now that I’m completely ready I’ll go sit at my desk. It’s a good idea to have a designated study spot. A desk is the best option but if you don’t have a desk you can study at the table, studying on the couch or your bed isn’t a good idea as you associate these places with rest and you shouldn’t sleep while studying! Make sure you have everything you need at your workplace: pens, pencils, paper, white out etc. Having all your supplies within reach will keep you from getting up and getting distracted. Keep your study space organised and special to you. My desk has a blue theme because I love blue, make sure you’re happy in your study space and you’ll feel more motivated.

Now let’s get down to the whole point of this, the actual study. Starting with set homework tasks, if your teacher has set you a task e.g finish textbook questions 1-5 do exactly what the task is. Keep your work neat and ask your parents, siblings or friends for help if you need it. Completing homework tasks is pretty self-explanatory.

The next type of study is assignments. Assignments take a lot of work, I recently had an assignment that I spent a total of ten hours on but it paid off because I got a grade I was happy with at the end of it. When completing assignments don’t do it all at once, spread it out, do an hour then have a break then come back. Don’t try to complete something in one day, work on it over a long period of time. Every teacher will tell you this but NEVER LEAVE SOMETHING TO THE LAST MINUTE! Don’t let yourself start writing an essay at 8 pm the night before it’s due, nobody wants to stay up all night doing schoolwork so manage your time wisely.

Last but not least is studying for tests. We all hate tests, one hour of answering questions is nobody’s idea of a good time but if you study well you can ace those tests! I have three methods for studying for tests:

  1. Reading over class notes, this is pretty self-explanatory but read over all your class notes, texts you’ve received and class powerpoints. Start doing this 5 days before the test and you’ll be set
  2. Rewrite notes, pretend you’re writing a note page for the test even if you aren’t allowed test notes. Only write key points. If you aren’t sure what to study ask your teacher, they’ll be able to give you a brief idea of what you need to know for the test.
  3. Flashcards! I make flash cards for every single test. These are so good for studying with friends and you can test each other. Make flashcards for definitions, key points and formulas.

If you’re getting agitated whilst studying, take a break for 5 minutes. Don’t study for more than 1 hour at a time.

Try making your notes neat. I personally use coloured pens and go all out, you don’t need to do this but make sure your notes are legible.

Hopefully, these tips help you!

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How to ace school

School… it’s a word that nobody likes which is quite understandable if you ask me. Who wants to sit in smelly classrooms for 6 hours every day? Sadly school is probably the most important part of our lives, school equips us for the future and without school, we can’t get a job (Do I sound like a Mum yet?) In the past year I’ve developed a few tips and tricks that have really helped me do well in school so I thought I’d share them.

Study, I know it’s so obvious but you’d be surprised what people count as study. Let me put the record straight that a 10-second glance at your class notes 10 minutes before the test does NOT count as study. To get high marks you need to work for them. A good study session should last about 30 minutes to an hour and you should be rewriting notes and making flash cards, not just reading over your notes. Handwriting information down is the best way for you to retain what you’ve learnt.

Stay organised. Keep your desk, bag and notes organised. Organisation will motivate you!

Have a positive mindset, if you keep telling yourself you hate school you’re not very likely to succeed, instead focus on the positives and tell yourself you enjoy school. Reward yourself for studying with a chocolate bar or some Netflix time and you’ll be so much more motivated. Just keep thinking positively and you’re likely to do well.

Be interactive, ask questions in class, get involved in class discussion and seek teacher feedback. This is my goal for the year, I’m usually very quiet in class and I barely ever raise my hand which is why I’m going to work on it.

Don’t compare yourself to others, if the brainy kid next to you gets 100% and you got 99% don’t beat yourself up if you tried as hard as you could. I constantly compare myself to my friends and get angry if they get better marks than me, which is something I need to work on. Instead of envying them I should be happy for them but resolve to beat them next time, a little friendly competition never goes astray ;).

Set goals for yourself. If you didn’t get the mark you wanted, try harder next time and just keep going. Set goals for the week, goals for the term, goals for each subject and goals for the year.

Hopefully, this post helps you do well at school. If you want to see a study routine post please like this post and comment.

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Fitness and health

The new year’s started and everyone expects a new, perfect, improved you. In reality, no-one’s perfect but we can all try our hardest to improve and be the best we can be. I personally have one goal I’ve set myself for 2017.

I want to eat healthier and workout more so I can be the fittest I can possibly be. So far I’ve done pretty well but I’ve gone downhill a bit since school started, on top of homework it’s hard to find time to exercise and everyone just wants chocolate after a long day at school, hehe.

It’s hard to motivate yourself but just getting out there and jogging with a friend helps you feel great and you’re proud of yourself afterwards.

As for eating healthy, good luck especially with chocolate but it’s fine to treat yourself sometimes just don’t make it a habit.

I know I’m a long way from perfect but I try my hardest to be as good as I can get and that’s all that matters.

That just my taste of B’liss