Ah, it’s that time of year again. Mid-semester break is upon us and if you’re as unorganised and as messy as I am, it’s the perfect time to start getting your life together.
Let’s be real, most of us spend the semester not only procrastinating assessments but procrastinating real life responsibilities. When was the last time you went to the dentist? How many plastic bottles are in your room? Seriously, go and count them. You probably have enough to build a floating raft to sail away from the misery that is university.
But with all these responsibilities and only a week to get through them, where do you start?
The first step to getting your life together is to spend an excessive amount of time creating cute, prettily coloured calendars and reminders. You’ll want to colour code everything from uni notes to diaries and important dates. This doesn’t really help you get your life together, considering that by the time uni starts again you probably will have forgotten about the aforementioned calendars. But by highlighting all these dates, and writing things down in a planner, you’ll feel like you’re actually doing something. If you’re not actually going to get your life together, the least you can do is pretend. If done well, this step will take you at least one day, maybe two.
Another super easy way to organise your life is to clean your room. Chances are you probably haven’t done it in ages, and chances are you probably won’t do it during mid sem either. You’ll start with one section, and you’ll find a Tamagotchi that you had when you were eight. You’ll become so obsessed with the find that it’ll consume most of your day. You won’t get much cleaning done at all, but again, that’s not the point. As long as you feel like you’ve been productive.
If university ruins one thing, it’s sleeping patterns. Use your mid-semester break to catch up on all those hours lost to 9am tutorials and stress-fuelled all-nighters. Can’t sleep? The solution is simple: put on some Netflix to create a relaxing ambience in the room. Light some candles if you must. Go the extra mile to treat yourself. You might have been doing this all semester, but it’s mid-sem break now; you’re supposed to be doing these things.
Remember, the mid-sem break is about getting your life together, or at least feeling like you are. So if anyone even mentions the word assessment, or the word university for that matter, cut them out. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.