Stress is a
horrible thing. It often sneaks up on a person and causes all sorts of
problems. There are many reasons why one gets stressed out but one of the worst
causes of stress is being disorganised and finding yourself running out of
time, or arriving at a place without important stuff that you need.
homework you left on the dining room table or your PE clothes, or your
permission slip to go on an outing.
relatively easy way to eliminate such stress.
Plan your day.
Ergh! Sibo. I
hear you say… that’s so boring.
you plan your day, you’d probably have more free time to do fun stuff.
times have we all rushed around, looking for something at the last minute,
panicking like crazy when we can’t find it—only to find that it’s right there,
under our nose. Or even worse, having to leave the house without it.
Use a diary
or planner and write down everything that you have to do the night before.
This way you
won’t wake up in the middle of the night, think of something you have to do the
next day and lay there worrying that you’ll have forgotten it by morning.
Part of planning, is developing a routine.
Try to go bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time in the morning. Set two alarms if you have a hard time waking up.
Have a shower, get dressed, and eat your breakfast (or the other way around if you are a messy eater).
Rather be ready to leave five minutes early than be running five minutes late.
Pack your school things the night before. Make certain all the stuff you need for the next day is in your case before you go to sleep. One less thing to worry about.
Create a routine for yourself as far as your homework is concerned too. Try and do it at the same time every day. Don’t leave it for after supper when you are too tired to think either.
Keep the space where you do your homework neat tidy so that you don’t get distracted.
Lastly, don’t multi-task. While you might think you’re getting loads of things done all at once, usually nothing gets done properly. Do one thing at a time and do it well.
I read some stuff about being smart the other day – with exams coming up we could all probably use a little extra smarts!
English is a strange language because “smart” has four different meanings.
It can mean a person is clever and quick in thought or action. For example, Mpho is really smart – she passed all her exams.
It could also mean that a person is well-dressed. For example, Mpho looked really smart in her new outfit.
Another meaning is to feel a sharp, stinging pain. For example, Mpho’s arm smarted for ages after the wasp stung her.
Lastly, it can mean that you feel annoyed or resentful after being insulted. For example, Mpho smarted for the whole of break time after Sandile said she was fat.
We are talking about the first one… here are some ways to help make us smarter.
Ask questions. It really is good to ask if we don’t know or understand something.
Get some exercise. This is a no-brainer – we know we feel better when we get out into the fresh air and start moving. Cycle, jog, walk briskly, hula hoop…
Eat healthy. Crunch apples and carrots instead of chips or sweets for snacks.
Keep a journal. It’s good to sit at the end of the day and reflect on all that has happened. It makes your memory work a bit harder too.
Learn a new skill. It does not have to be anything fancy – learn to knit, to code, or maybe how to bake – go nuts and try something new. Nothing ventured nothing gained!
Hang out with other smart people. This is so true – if we spend time with people who are interesting and interested – we feel smarter too.
Challenge your brain. Do crossword puzzles or Sudoku’s. Play memory games.
Change your routine. Try not to do things the same old boring way every single day – vary the order in which you do things, or eat lunch outside instead of inside. Sit in a different spot at school break. As the saying goes… a change is as good as a holiday.
Get enough sleep. Do it! Go to sleep at a decent hour our bodies need time to recover from a busy day.
Read more. Join a library or swap books with friends. There are also plenty of eBooks free on the internet that are available to read on cell phones too.
That’s what I think – but my mum says it whooshed passed so fast that her head is reeling and she cannot believe it is finished already. She’s muttering ridiculous things like she wishes she could cancel Christmas. Did you ever?
I’ve heard that the older you get the faster time goes. Seems silly to me – it should go fast when you are young and impatient and then slow down a bit when you have less time left.
I’ve started making some of my Christmas pressies – sneakily – because I don’t want Mum and Dad to see what I’m making them.
Then I started thinking about gift wrapping.
Sjoe! Wrapping paper is rather expensive when you don’t have lots of money. Seems a huge waste to spend money on something that is just going to get ripped off and thrown away – or hopefully – recycled.
Decided I’m going to get creative with wrapping paper too.
If it’s a small gift you can use a pretty picture from a magazine. You better check with your parentals first before you start chopping up a magazine.
You can also use newspaper – the comic sections are very cool. Spice it up with paint, glitter or interesting stuff from the garden. Use your imagination and get creative. You can also wrap up a very small present in a lot of newspaper (a bit like pass the parcel) and have fun watching the person unwrap it.
One of my friends has a nice system going. She wraps up a present for her sister in a pretty piece of material – it started out as a scarf but then it got too tatty to wear. Then her sister wraps up my friend’s present the next year in the same material. They have used the same material for birthdays and Christmas for years, but they would always wrap it up differently and add interesting touches. I thought that was an awesome idea.
Of course you could also use old cereal boxes or other containers that would usually get thrown away or recycled. The inside of a toilet roll also makes a brilliant container – you can make the present look like a cracker!
Don’t forget to recycle or reuse all the wrappings once the presents have been opened.
Feh! After just a few days of school I am missing the holidays already. Mind you – it was really nice to see all my friends again and I do like learning new stuff.
I decided to be more organized this term. Often I used to scatter my school stuff all over the house and then sometimes land up in class without a book I need or I’d forget my sports clothes or something else important.
So I asked my parental agents if I could have a table into my room so that I can do my homework there instead of in the kitchen. Dad found one at a second hand store and sanded it down for me. We painted it a nice bright pink and now it looks really great.
Funny, but I feel more motivated to sit down and work at my new pink desk.
I also keep all my books lined up against the wall. I pinched two of mum’s smooth round stones from the garden and painted them the same pink as my desk so that I can put them either side of the books and they don’t fall over.
I covered an old tin with a page from a magazine that I liked and I’m keeping all my spare pens, pencils and rulers all neat and tidy in one place, so I can find them. I even have a diary and I write down all the important things that I need to remember and diarize dates.
My next project is to make a notice board that I can put up above my desk, so that I can pin stuff to it. When I finally make it I’ll share details with you all too – in case you want to have a nice tidy, inviting workspace too.
When I get home from school each day I first have a snack. Then I get changed and hang up my school uniform all nice and tidy for the next day.
Instead of procrastinating as much as possible before doing my homework – I am trying to do it straightaway. Then I can reward myself with some TV time or go have fun working in my veggie garden or riding my bike.
So far it’s been working rather well – but then again – we’ve only been back at school for a few days.