Merry Christmas & Happy New Year – tech tips for the holidays

With the festivities over the Christmas and New Year, it can become an overwhelming experience being a student if you have assignments or deadlines coming up but you also need a much needed break from university life. Here are our technology tips to help during the Christmas break.

Google Keep for making lists

Whether its a shopping list or things to take home/bring back to uni, Google Keep is a great app that can be accessed on your phone or computer. It can also be linked up with your google calendar, which can be helpful when you’re planning your week or need to view your lists on the go.

Structure your week

Live your life to your fullest potential and love those that are close to your heart.

If you’re revising or studying at home it can be difficult to find time to focus on your studies while also spending quality time with your loved ones.

1. Prioritise tasks & create realistic goals

Think about what is the most important things you want to do and achieve over the Christmas break

Create a list for personal, social and study themes and pick out the 3 most important things you need to achieve from each list.

You can use Google Keep to type out these goals but a more effective way of doing it is to actually write it down on a piece of paper. An example template could look like this:

Personal

  1. 5km run
  2. Netflix
  3. Journaling
Social

  1. Christmas cooking
  2. catch-up with friends
  3. Winter wonderland
Study

  1. analyse results
  2. write out the discussion draft
  3. sort out references

2. Create a forecast schedule in Google Calendar

Google calendar isn’t just for looking at your class and exam timetables, it can be used to create time blocks for when you’re going to be busy with family and social commitments. Doing this will enable you to see when you’re free to work on revision or assignments, and plan out realistically how you’re going to spend your time over the Christmas break. Don’t forget to add revision breaks.

Staying in Sheffield over Christmas?

The libraries (both Adsetts and Collegiate) are going to be open 24/7 this year even during the holidays. They are typically quiet over the Christmas period, feel free to use these spaces to get studying and catch up on reading. Find out how to book a PC or classroom

Also, check out the university events taking place in Sheffield over the Christmas break.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

The Christmas break can be quite intense and unpredictable, even with all the planning in the world, things don’t always go to plan! …and that’s okay.

Reflect on your day

Sometimes the day just zooms past and you find yourself at the end of a busy day feeling drained, yet haven’t.. achieved much? or at least that’s what it seems?

The best way to deal with those days is to reflect on your day… properly!

What went well? what didn’t go to plan? why? What can you do tomorrow / this week to correct this? You can use a reflection journal to do this or a mindfulness meditation.

we are often quick to judge ourselves based on what we accomplish and forget that we are more than our task list

Evening guided-meditations: being mindful about your day

Revisit your priority list: make amends

have a look at what your priorities and aims were, remind yourself at why you picked those and make adjustments to your calendar in the aim to do better the following day. Look at your day in a non-judging manner – as if you’re helping a friend figure out how to make the most of their time.

And finally..

Look after yourself and we hope you have a wonderful Christmas break.

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