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records !!!!

My tip for this Thursday afternoon is very boring (but very practical and has helped me out in the past) and this is to keep records.

This is never a bad thing to get in to the habit of doing but this tip is Particularly for when you spends large sums of money for say rent. If you using bank transfers your online banking is a record. But if you pay for anything in cash your have to keep receipt. (this also helps with working out budget and checking how much your spending etc.) Yes this does takes up space and most the time it unneeded but it’s always nice to have this records.

Let me tell you a story, I was all packed and ready to move stuff in to my new flat for next year,  I go to the estate agents to pick but my keys. They told me I needed to pay the deposit (and refusing to let me have the keys), but I had already paid eariler that month, I was not happy. But as I had asked for and keep a receipt for the transaction (in a safe place) I could prove that I had already paid. But If hadn’t had done this it would have been a fight with my word against theirs. (As a student I really couldn’t aford to pay twice)

Even if your luckly and never have to use that records at all. After you have kept them for about a year you have take to time shred and destory them (which is kinda fun really)

Until I post again, Samara 😀

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Have a Jar full of Positive Thoughts!

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Hey everyone, Kathryn here, and for today’s tip of the day I will be talking about one method that I use that helps me when work gets tough. And that is have a jar full of positive thoughts, although I use this method to help me get through work when things get tough, you can also use it to help get you through university, or anything really.

This tip may sound cliche, but it’s a good way of coping when things get bad. Spend an evening using an old jam jar and writing a list of things that you have to be positive about, then fold these notes and put them in a jar. (I use a small plastic container since it’s easier to carry around than a jam jar).

You can then put this in your bag (I have mine in my work bag) and then when your feeling down you can pull one out and smile and whatever you’ve written on it. Then whenever something good happens get out a spare bit of paper and put it in the jar, keep filling up the jar with positive thoughts and use it whenever you feel down.

It is also good spending an evening just writing a list of things you have to be positive about, and it will help you feel more positive.

But what do you write on them? What counts as being a positive thought?

On my notes I normally write things like having my friends/ boyfriend/ family be there for me, and things that I have planned for the future, I also include things that I have done/ things that I’m proud of. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how big or small they are- it’s all about whether or not reading it will put a smile on your face.

So get your sticky notes out and start writing some positive thoughts!

And that’s all for me for today, until next time! Kathryn.

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Keeping A Close Backup

Making backups of your information is important, and you will always be told by IT tutors, technical support, your parents and yes, it does seem like a bit of a hassle, getting an external hard-drive or a usb stick to hold a single set of documents but it can come in handy.

First however, let me tell you a short story. In my first year of University, I had a complete meltdown, I lost all my data on my hard-drive and I suffered depression during this time due to a painful experience with a past relationship. I started however to wear a USB stick around my neck, this contained photographs of my pet dog, Toby. Whenever I felt like I couldn’t do anything, I immediately plugged my drive into my laptop to go through 500+ photos of my dog until I felt like I could continue working. This held me together because I felt like I had something to keep me going when I held it close to my chest.

A USB stick for instance, these are cheap and plentiful. I have about six all used for different things, one is my University documentation, all the work I’ve completed in the past two years, in case I need to pull up an assignment and hand it back in, in case of a server failure with the University (it does happen). The others are photos that I am too terrified of losing, photos of my family and my pets that mean the most to me when I feel like I can’t continue working on projects, it’s always nice to go through old photographs and feel a little less homesick.

An external hard-drive is a little more expensive, starting at around £30 and going all the way up to £150 based on hard-drive size and transfer speeds and extra functions like “cloud access”. However, if you are wanting to protect all of your data, music, videos, photos, documents like I do, then it’s worth investing in one, and every so often, format the drive and backup all the data once more. I prefer to do it every term so that I have the freshest backup if my computer dies whilst I’m at University, I have a backup in case things go pear shaped.

However, another backup option is cloud storage. Places like Google Drive and Dropbox are especially useful when you have little amounts of data but you want to access them everywhere.  I know it’s a drag to do and takes time, but in the end, having all your data backed up in case of an emergency is a wonderful thing we can do and achieve.

Speak to you all soon!

Conor ^-^

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Stop Comparing yourself to Others

So for today’s tip of the day I have chosen to give advice on something that we are all guilty of doing: comparing ourselves to others. So my advice to you is to stop. Stop comparing yourself to others. (Since this topic is pretty big in this post I will be talking about using Facebook and comparing our lives to others).

In my experience sometimes I find that it’s easy to use Facebook and then feel down when looking at everyone else’s posts. We can look at other people’s post and wonder why our life isn’t that great. It can make us feel down about our life, and we our comparing our life to theirs without meaning to.

I have also found that when I’m feeling down it’s best not to use Facebook. Don’t go on Facebook and look at everyone’s post when you feel down otherwise you’ll end up feeling worse. Stay off Facebook and just talk to a few good friends.

So my advice to you is: stop comparing yourself to others. Using Facebook it’s far to easy to do that both subconsciously and consciously, so stay off Facebook if you’re ever feeling down.

Until next time, Kathryn!

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Keep Organised

Hello everyone, Samara here and my first tip is about life in general and it is to keep organised.

I know I can almost hear the groans but even if this is one seems very obvious it can honestly be a great help. Especially if you’re like me and are a naturally untidy person, those extra couple of minutes it takes to be organised can save you a lot of time in the long run.

We all have those moments of panic when we can’t find something very important. Whether its assignments, important documents or maybe even a book you can’t remember were you put it down.

Organisation is helpful

Times I have found this very helpful is with paperwork (sadly the older you get the more there is), if you organise/file your documents and keep it all is one memorable place, it is much easier to stay on top of things. I will admit that I didn’t in my first year of uni and wasted way to much time searching for items.

Hope you found this helpful.                                                                                                              

Until I post again, Samara 😀

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Think before you text!

So it’s just dawned on me that I created this blog about a week ago and I’ve been trying (and failing) to update daily (which is hard when you have a full time job- but I’m getting better on managing my time better, hence why I haven’t made a tip on time management yet). And I realized that I have yet to give any general tips. So here is my first general tip; think before you text.

If you’ve ever watched a film/ TV show where one of the main characters is completely drunk, you’ve probably seen the other characters trying to make sure that said main character doesn’t text. This is partly because it would be very embarrassing for a) the person you are calling and b) for you when you realize that you called someone when you’re drunk and probably said some really embarrassing things. The other reason is that when you’re drunk you’re not in the right state of mind to text/ call someone.

However when you’re drunk isn’t the only time you’re likely to send texts you’ll regret. If you’re annoyed/ angry for whatever reason, then it can be very easy to send an annoyed text message to someone which you’ll regret when you’ve calmed down.

But my piece of advice to you would be just to think, think about the impact that text will have on the other person, think before pressing the send button. If you’re feeling annoyed then I would avoid using you’re phone, at least until you’ve calmed down a bit.

Texts can be easily misinterpreted, and they can turn a person’s mood around; they can make people instantly or sad. And if you send someone an angry text then it can leave a bad feeling between you and the receiver. And if you cannot resolve it immediately then that bad feeling can grow. So think before you text.

And that’s all for now, Kathryn!