Saturday, 31 December 2016

Last Post Of 2016

I know I said yesterday that I wasn't going to post anymore in 2016 but I was just sitting on the sofa thinking a lot about this year and all the things I've done. I didn't actually realise it until I was sitting home alone that I have done a lot which have sort of helped me and given me more room to love myself.

Since being at university I have learned to be more independent and do things for myself. I've learned to cook meals, do laundry, keep my bedroom and do my own grocery shopping. Before going to university I never used to do most of these things and now I can do them with no questions asked.

I've also grown a lot with independence because I've done things which I never thought I'd do alone. I actually planned day trips for myself. Now I know you're thinking why did I do these things alone but honestly I didn't mind and I didn't know if any of my friends wanted to go with me so I just decided to go alone and save the hassle.

It all began with a day trip to the Trafford Centre. I had never been to the Trafford Centre before and I know some of my friends had been before so I thought why not go see it for myself and I did. I planned my day out and made a list of all the places I wanted to go to. I also noticed there was a cinema in the Trafford Centre and I really wanted to go see How To Be Single. I had never been to the cinema alone so I did a little research wondering if anyone does go to the cinema alone and apparently they do which made me feel a little bit better about going to the cinema alone. So I did, I went to the cinema alone and I actually didn't mind it. I enjoyed the movie too which was great.

This led to me going to the cinema a few times alone which made me realise that I could enjoy myself while still being alone. Sometimes even if you want to do something that maybe your friends might not want do or see in the cinema then you can just do it by myself and still have a good time.

I can't believe this is the last day of 2016. It has been such a crazy year like I said in a previous post which you can read here:

I hope 2017 will be a more positive year and I plan to be more positive in 2017. I'm planning to visit more places and try and get out of my shell more.

Anyway, that's all I have to say in this post. I wish you all a happy new year and I hope you enjoy your night whatever it is you are doing. I'm just going to be at my dad's home watching the countdown on the TV.

I'll see you in 2017.

Megan x

Friday, 30 December 2016

Being Productive For The New Year

It's coming up to the new year now and for most of us, this a time for a change. That change tends to be a positive one but it doesn't matter if the change is big or small just as long as you're happy then it's fine.

Now one of the biggest things I struggle with sometimes is being productive as I tend to procrastinate a lot. It takes time for me to be productive and I have to be in the right mindset to be productive. I thought I'd share with you a few tips on how to be productive.

1. Write everything you have to get done now
Whether that is to write an assignment or prepare for something then write it down. Write a big to do list of everything you know you have to do then put it in the order it needs to be completed by with the first one being the one you have to do first as it is due in before the rest.

2. Start it now
I know it's still the holidays and work is the last thing on your mind but maybe just do a little bit. Maybe look at what it is you have to do whether that is an assignment. Just take a look at it then maybe do a little bit of research. It might take you ten or fifteen minutes but it gives you the time to know what exactly it is you have to do. There's probably some guides about what you have to do and I suggest you take a look at them. Just make some little notes so when you do actually start this assignment after the holidays then you have a rough idea of what you are doing.

3. Start waking up early
I know getting up in the morning can be a struggle. For some reason your bed is so comfy in the morning that you don't want to leave it but honestly waking up early is the best thing you can do. It gives you more time in the day to work and more time to relax after that work. You don't feel so pressured because you have so many hours to do the work.

4. Give yourself a reasonable bed time
Now the best way to get up early is to make sure you have had enough sleep as you won't feel so tired and groggy in the morning. I know some of you probably stay up late watching another episode on Netflix or watch YouTube videos or check your social media but you need to bargain with yourself. I'm normally on my laptop at night watching YouTube videos but I try to shut down my laptop at around half eleven at night and I make sure I'm all ready to go to sleep before midnight because then I know I'll have eight hours sleep because I normally wake up at eight in the morning. I also turn my notifications for my social media off so I'm not disturbed by the sound of notifications. This method does kind of work because the more you do it then your body will be used to it. I find getting up early does make me more tired in the evenings and most of the time I just want to go to bed so it does help you if you stick to this routine everyday.

5. Motivate yourself
Give yourself the right motivation. Think about what you want to achieve. For me that is to get a degree. I want my three years at university to be worthwhile and to get a degree at the end of it all. That is the point of university. You are there to get a degree but it's up to you whether you do get it because you're the one who has to do all the work. Nobody else is going to do it for you. You also want to try and give yourself the best mark you can. You don't want the mark that is from when you did the assignment from the night before because even though you might have just passed that one then you won't realise how well you can actually do if you put a little bit more effort into it. Giving yourself the right motivation will make you do it, just think about what you'll achieve if you do get it done. Plus the sooner you get it done, the more time you will have to relax and you won't be stressed out because you will have done it. Don't be the person who has left it to the last minute and is completely stressed out because they have no idea what they're doing, they can't ask for help and they don't know what to write or if their writing makes sense. Don't be that person.

6. Organise
Another way to be productive is to be organised. The way you can start to be organised to is to tidy your work space. Get rid of any useless papers or put the useful ones into a folder so you know where they are. Just make your desk tidy so that you don't have any clutter surrounding you while your work. You will work well if your surroundings are clutter free. Also organise yourself. Get a diary or planner and start using it. Make a note of all your deadlines so you know how much time you have to do them. You may also notice that you may have deadlines in the same week which means you should probably make a start on them now. Also every week, open your planner to that week ahead and make a note of when you want to work, exercise, go out somewhere or when your lectures are. Just make a note of everything you want to achieve that week and make sure you stick to it. Do make sure you put your work and lectures and before anything else but also do give yourself a break and relax a little during your week but not too much that you've just spent a week relaxing rather than being productive.

Anyway, that's all my tips on being productive for the new year. I hope they were helpful to you with whatever it is you do. Let's try to be productive in 2017 rather than procrastinating this year. Make this year worthwhile.

This will be my last post of 2016 but I am going to be setting myself a challenge for this blog in 2017. I created 125 blog posts in 2016 (including this one) and so in 2017 I thought I'd set myself the challenge of creating 200 blog posts in 2017. I thought it would be a fun idea and it means more blog posts from me to you. I do want to be productive with this blog this year as I do love blogging. So that is the challenge for 2017 is to create 200 blog posts on this blog. Hopefully I'll be able to do it.

Now I'll be back in January 2017 with my first post of the year. I wish you all a very happy new year and I'll see you next year.

Megan x

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

The End Of Another Year

It's the end of another year and nearly the start of a new year.

2016 has been a very interesting year. So much happened that it felt like it flew by so fast.

Many great celebrities died this year. It was quite surprising how many died and so many recognisable names too. All of whom will be missed and I'm sure some of you were saddened by some of their deaths.

The next interesting thing that happened was the UK got to vote whether to stay or leave the European Union. Surprisingly the UK voted to leave which shocked many people including myself. Obviously the UK will soon see the changes of Brexit in 2017 so let's just hope it was the right decision and whatever happens, happens.

Another big thing that happened was the US Elections and it was a race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Donald Trump became president which also shocked lots of people including myself.

Let's just say 2016 was the year full of surprises.

A few things happened in my life in 2016.

I passed my first year of university and moved on to second year.

I moved from living in halls to living in a house with my three closest friends.

I also moved back home to a new house.

I learned to enjoy life and become more independent. I also realised I can enjoy having some alone time and planning trips for myself but still have a good time. I went to the cinema four times by myself which I've never done before but now I'm perfectly fine to watch a movie in the cinema by myself.

I've also improved on my blog. I've made 124 posts this year and I also reached 10,000 page views on my blog which I never thought would ever happen but it has. I'm so grateful for anyone who takes the time to look at my blog. It means a lot and I know somebody out there is reading a post I make. I just love to blog because I can write posts about what I did one day. I can share my experiences, give advice and tips.
It's nice because I can look back and read over the things I've done because I've blogged about them which makes me smile as I will be able to remember them. It's like my own personal diary which everyone can read but I don't mind if other people read it.

Anyway, that's all I have to say. I know it's not quite New Years Eve but I'm travelling to my dad's house today and staying there for a week. I may make some posts about what I do down there but I just thought I'd make this little post as it is coming up to the end of year and share it with you today.

I'll be back again soon with another post.

See you then guys.

Megan x

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I hope you have a wonderful day, however you celebrate it. Today is meant to be a happy day so be grateful to all the things you get and just be thankful you are where you are. I hope you have a good day and try to make beautiful memories. 

I'll be celebrating with my family and I'm having turkey for dinner. I cannot wait to get on with this day and I hope it lasts because this day does tend to go by in the blink of an eye. 

Anyway, I'll be back again soon with another post. 

See you soon.

Megan x

Thursday, 22 December 2016

New Home

Long time no post.

I know it's been ages since I last made a post but I have a very good reason. Well, two weeks ago I was busy working on my assignments and I wanted to get them done so that was my main focus. Then I travelled home last week by train and arrived at my new house. My new house at home had no wifi so I was just living off the 3G on my phone and so I couldn't use my laptop or make any posts for a while. That is until now where this morning we finally had wifi installed into my new house which is literally the best. Now I can watch YouTube videos on my laptop instead of on my tiny little phone screen.

Now that's another thing, I have moved house back at home and it's really great. I can now get a bus to town if I want to and I'm not too far away from a shop. I'm also not in the middle of nowhere which is a plus. I love my new room too. It's just the right size for me and I recently got a bookshelf from my nan as one of my Christmas presents as I really wanted a bookshelf for my room as I have a lot of books and DVDs and they were just piled on top of each other in the corner of my room until I got my new bookshelf.

Anyway that's all I have to say for now. I will make another post soon and be more active with this blog now that I am connected to wifi.

See you then.

Megan x

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Not Much To Say

As you can tell from the title of this blog. I've got not much to say. However, I have a bit of time where I'm doing nothing and I just wanted to write a blog.

I have been a bit busy today. I got up at about ten o'clock and had breakfast which was Cookie Crisp and a coffee. I then had a shower, got dressed and tidied my room. I then spent an hour and a half playing my new game which I got yesterday which is Lego Harry Potter Years 1 to 4. I've been loving this game and I don't know why I never got it until now. After that at half one, I stopped playing and started to work on my assignment for one of my modules.

The assignment is about analysing a brand of your choice and I chose PG Tips because I like PG Tips and I thought it'll be fun to analysing. I have to say, I was right because I've been loving doing this brand and researching about it. It's a really interesting brand. I literally worked on it for an hour and then my timer went off (because I set a timer for an hour so I know I've done an hours worth of work). When it went off, I didn't want to stop and so I set the timer for an hour again and continued working. That's how much I've been loving doing this work. Although I did stop the timer when it reached forty five minutes because I needed a break.

Now though after nearly three hours of working on this assignment. I decided to come downstairs and microwave some sweet and sour chicken and rice for my dinner. I also have prawn crackers as well so I'm just waiting for that to be done. That's when I thought I'd blog about it because sometimes it's fun to know what somebody's done during the day so think of this as sort of a catch up post.

Anyway, that's all I wanted to say. I'm going to eat some sweet and sour chicken now and probably watch a bit of YouTube before continuing with this assignment.

I'll be back again soon with another post.

See you then guys.

Megan x

Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas Excitement

It's December which means it's officially okay to be excited about Christmas. I tried to get into the Christmas spirit in November. Me and my housemates even put the tree up and decorated the house slightly. However, I was not fully in the Christmas spirit. I suppose because the excitement doesn't officially hit me until I open the first door to my advent calendar. If you don't have an advent caleneder in your country, basically each day you open a door on the calender up until Christmas and you get chocolate. Although sometimes you can get advent calendars which have other things inside instead of chocolate but every year I go for the traditional advent calendar. I don't care how old I am, I will always be getting an advent calendar for December. It's traditional.

This year I've gone for Cadubury's Dairy Milk because I like that chocolate and it just reminds me of my childhood because I always used to get that calendar. It's something exciting about opening the calender on the 1st December because it means there is only 24 days until Christmas. I feel like this year, I'm going to savour every moment of Christmasy feels because it is such a wonderful time of the year and it makes me so warm and happy. The thought of Christmas and going home in two weeks just puts a smile to my face and the thought will get me through my assignments.

Anyway, as it is December it does mean we can all think about Christmas. For me though, the excitement is when I come up with a present to give to my mum. My mum deserves so much so I just want to get her something special every year. Yesterday, I was actually ordering things for her present which I am so excited for. It just made me smile at the thought of her opening the present and being happy. I got her something I know she'll love.

Another thing is that I'm thinking of posting twice maybe even three times a week in December on this blog. Some of these posts will be christmas related as well as university related because it is coming up to deadlines which is exciting (not really).

That's all I have to say for today. I'll be back again soon with another post.

See you then guys.

Megan x