5 Tips to Better Your Daily Routine

5 Tips to Better Your Daily Routine

blog post 10.24I don’t know about you but I am SO unorganized! With five classes, a job, and an internship, it is hard to keep track of everything going on in my life. Some of you may be able to relate to me, some may have it worse. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by trying to maintain a social life along with everything else. I’ve learned some useful tips and tricks this past year and I’d like to share them with you.

  1. Write in a scheduler.

I wouldn’t be able to live without my scheduler! Get a small one with enough pages for the entire year. Make sure it has space for you to make a list of things you have to get done each day. The best part, checking your tasks off once you finish them. It is so rewarding to check off your tasks throughout the day, trust me.

  1. Get out of bed at the same time every day.

Do you ever wonder why you always feel exhausted when you wake up? Maybe your sleep schedule is fluctuating too much. I am guilty of this. Some days I have to wake up by 8, and sometimes I have to wake up by noon. When I have to wake up by noon, I sleep until noon. What I should be doing is waking up at 8 or 9 every day. Try to train your body to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. It’ll become easier because your body will naturally become tired at the same time each night. This will be good for your health and productivity along with making you less tired during the day.

  1. Don’t forget to eat!

It may sound crazy, but so many of us forget to eat sometimes. Our schedules are so jampacked that eating becomes less important to us. It shouldn’t. Studies have shown that eating an apple can wake you up more than a cup of coffee. Have you ever heard of the slang term “Hangry”? It’s a real thing. Give yourself enough time in the morning to make yourself breakfast so you don’t go to work or school “hangry”! If you don’t have time in the morning, prepare your meals the night before! Who doesn’t love to eat, right?

  1. Spend time alone.

I am a strong believer in the importance of alone time. We are surrounded by people all day and some of those people make us realize that we need a break from reality. Go do something you enjoy, by yourself. My favorite thing to do alone is listen to music and take a walk. Music takes you away from reality and helps you forget the things that stress you out in life. Alone time is also a good time to gather your thoughts about yourself. It’s important to think about your life and make sure you are in the state of mind that you want to be in.

  1. Put your phone down!

Smartphones are STRESSFUL. A lot of the time we spend on our smartphones is spent looking at what other people are doing during their day. We are constantly comparing ourselves to others when we are on social media. Put your phone down for a few hours each day and appreciate what you have in your own life.

I hope this was helpful to you and if you have any other ideas please share them with us!

Here Are a Few Penn State Class Recommendations

Hope you’re all excited to start a Penn State career with upcoming New Student Orientation! Selecting your first college courses can be daunting, however, here is a list of recommended classes to fill up your first schedule. If you’re reading this and are not a new student, take the time to read this list and get ideas for filling up your schedule! These classes are great regardless of academic year:

 

1.English 15

A very basic, required class that most students are happy to start with in their schedules. Not only does it help your writing skills, this beginner English course helps prepare you for the amount of effort you will have to put into your classes.

2. Cas 100

This class usually goes hand in hand with English 15 and is a required course. In fact, most students taking summer session will schedule this with English 15. With many college courses, students find themselves tasked with making speeches for a large portion of the final grade. This class will help prepare you for what is to come and the professor’s will help you with your public speaking.

3. Sociology 119

This class satisfies General Science, US Cultures, and Bachelor of Arts requirements. A huge part of college education is building perspective and learning how to think critically. This class combines both features to help educate about social issues. The professor, Dr. Sam Richards, is known for his intellectual lectures saying, ““The best I can do is challenge everyone’s assumptions in equal measure. Nobody should ever walk away from my class without engaging in some sort of argument with me in their head.”

4. Horticulture 150: Plants in the Human Context

In need of a natural science class? Look no further than Dennis Decoteau’s class where you will learn about plant’s importances in everyday lives. Not only is it interesting, but the professor is known for caring about his students and making sure that everyone understands the material.

5. ENT 202: The Inset Connection

Still need a general science class and find plants a bit boring? Hopefully this class is a little more interesting with learning about insects and the various roles they have in the world. Even if you’re squeamish about bugs, overcome your fear and learn that these little guys actually can have a huge impact on the planet.

6. Kines 72: Fitness Walking

Since not everyone is athletically inclined, Fitness Walking is a great class for a required kinesiology credit. It’s a great way to learn time management, explore campus, and actually improve your stride. Since this is considered “fitness”, you will break a sweat in this class. Not to worry as it is a great and easy way to stay active during the week to help avoid the Freshmen 15.

 

Still need help with making decisions about which class to take? Check out our website and see which classes have notes or study guides published. Also, if you have any other suggestions, comment below!