A Day In The Life; Online University Edition

So… we made it, the next chapter of our lives. Did we expect it to be like this? Definitely not. Are we going to complain about it? Maybe a grumble here and there, but no. This too shall pass, and we simply must make the most out of these strange times as we possibly can, and that includes taking advantage of joining a zoom call from our beds.

For those of you who know me well, you’ll know I am a very busy lady. I enjoy keeping myself busy and trying to find time to fit even more activities into my already crammed schedule. Honestly, my worst nightmare would be to sit around doing nothing all day, how boring. I try to make time for everything and everyone, and this usually results in me running myself down to the point I will get sick, and every time I’m better the cycle starts again… I never learn. Less of that though, like I said, I’m always busy, and as a consequence I tend to wake up early, 6am on most mornings to be precise.

4/5 weekdays

After waking up and getting ready for the day I always try to eat breakfast before I go to work, though this never seems to be successful since I’m usually in a rush. On a positive note, I don’t always deem it necessary to wear a lot of makeup every time I leave the house, so this buys me an extra 10 minutes to prepare some lecture notes for later. 4 out of 5 days I tend to work in the mornings, from 7 till 9am. Then I come home, dive straight into my set pre-recorded work ready for the following seminar, usually making some sort of hot drink to motivate me to carry on… I really am obsessed with coffee and it’s becoming a bad habit…

The days no longer seem to drag as much… anymore

When I first began studying Primary Education a couple of weeks ago, I found myself becoming lonely and easily distracted in the house all day by myself. Luckily, since I’ve now started another job, as well as signing myself up to the gym, I’ve been able to section my day into different areas, dedicating time for my uni work, motivating me to get it done in that particular section. If I do not complete the work, I won’t allow myself to go workout, and if I can’t do this, I’m wasting my money paying for a membership – and nobody likes throwing money down the drain now do they? If you couldn’t already tell, I’m a very ‘what if?’ person, and I really do hate the fact that I’ve made a habit out of this mindset. On the bright side, I also give myself strict boundaries, therefore pushing me to make the most out of each and every day.

11am

At around midday I usually try fit in a home workout and make some lunch. Since I have more time to invest in healthy eating, this usually consists of me trying new recipes, I like the fact I have more time to enjoy partaking in this activity, rather than seeing it as a chore. You can find my latest recipe discovery HERE. During lunch, I make a poor attempt at multitasking eating and blogging. I do find it difficult to balance giving equal attention to so many factors in my life, when realistically university comes first, my jobs second, and lastly the blog and fitness. My work life balance is only equalled out on a Sunday, and even then 50% of the day is consumed by prep for lectures and seminars. I feel as though the phrase “to be or not to be, that is the question” written by Shakespeare in his play ‘Hamlet’, really does apply to my life right now… as much as I try to enjoy my life, am I really living it under these circumstances? Which is better, the pain life can throw at you, or the fear of death itself? Life is for living, and though it may take time, deferred gratification is simply what I must endure in order to reach the end product – a happy life. So yes, the pain life can throw at you is the obviously better choice, simply due to the fact that after rain, there’s always a rainbow.

Coffee or no?

Depending on my schedule, I may be able to have time to take a trip to Costa, but you guessed it, I will be doing more work there. However, I think it is important to have a change of scenery once in a while, you know, whilst we still can, hence why I try to take myself off to a coffee shop once a week. Sometimes I’ll end up meeting friends there too, and I’ll help them with any work they have that they don’t understand, even though writing this on Thursday 15th October we actually now cannot do this anymore, crazy how things change so quickly, don’t you think? If I don’t end up drinking coffee for hours on end, I usually try clean up round the house, journal, edit and schedule a blog post or again, complete any uni work I’ve missed. Nothing too exciting usually happens at this point in the day, although if the weathers nice I try to fit in a small walk too, though with winter coming up this may be less likely.

De Ja Vu

On a normal weekday at around 3pm I take myself back down to work. This lasts until 6pm, but I really don’t mind it. I enjoy going to work and keeping busy as I said earlier, plus at the moment it really is one of the only places I can actually go and socialise with people outside of my household, so it seems more of a blessing than a curse. After I come home I eat tea before jumping in the shower (a normal routine, nothing special). By this point I am feeling pretty tired, however there is usually more work to be done, and so I will continue to concentrate on the rest of the tasks until they are finished. Sometimes at this point I’ll try put on a face mask or paint my nails, but only if I’ve got the time to spare. At around 9pm I’m in bed and watching Netflix on my cousins account (we do love Alycia for that). Before I go to sleep I always make sure I’ve got a list of tasks ready for tomorrow, this helps me work through what I need to get done, so hopefully one day a week I may finally get a free period of time to relax!

Love El xx

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Living in England as a teenager, trying to be as positive as I possibly can whilst currently fathoming my way through the first year of an undergraduate deree, holding down 2 part time job as well as spontaneously starting a blog!

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