New Semester Prep

8:00 AM

Hi Y'all,

It's one of my favorite times of the year: a new semester!

I decided this past fall to go back to school for a post-bac in elementary education. I have a B.A in Communication Studies from CNU. I'm slowly making progress towards this goal of becoming an elementary education teacher, and hopefully I'll be able to teach in the near future!

Anyway, I thought I'd do a quick post about how I prep for a new semester.

1. Write down important dates. I normally write them down in my agenda, this year I'm trying the assignment document to see if that helps me more (especially with half my classes being online).  The dates can range from midterms to finals, to spring break. Basically, anything of any importance goes in my agenda. I also have an application due in April and that is in my agenda as well.

2. Create an assignment document. I created mine using excel. Essentially, I made a column for date, class, assignment, and complete. That way, I can check them off as I complete them. I put the assignments in chronological order to help me as well.

Here's an example of what I have so far:

3. Prioritizing time. Every week, I make a to do list with everything I have to get done that week on it. This includes my work hours (I work 40 hours a week), blogging, etc. I try to get as much stuff out of the way as possible so I'm not running errands (and losing precious time) all the time.

4. Deleting unnecessary apps. Ok, this sounds silly, but I lose a lot of time going through apps I don't need on my phone and iPad, especially time wasting games. I try and delete them before a new semester starts.

5. Getting enough rest.  I'm constantly tired because of work and trying to accomplish a lot of things with very little time. This also means allowing myself to sleep and knowing when I have to get stuff done.

I swear by all of these things and they all seem to work for me.

What do you do to prep for a new semester?

 with southern grace,

Goals vs. Resolutions + Achieving my Goals

8:00 AM

Hi Y'all,

Today's post is all about goals, resolutions, and how I plan on achieving my goals for 2016!

First and foremost, the difference between resolution and goal:

Resolution: n. the act of finding an answer or a solution to a conflict, problem, etc. or the answer or solution to something

Goal: n. something you are trying to do or achieve, the end toward which effort is directed.

Obviously, the biggest difference is for a resolution you think there is a problem, which a goal is just something to work towards. Most people fail at their New Years' resolutions because they don't know how to achieve them.

Personally, I plan on achieving my goals this year!

I already did a blog post on my goals, but here's a quick recap for you:

I definitely sat down and thought about my goals for a while before just jumping into what they were. I also gave myself benchmarks to help myself reach them. You can find them here.

I already have a post planned for April to update y'all so we can all keep in check with our goals for the year!

What goals have you made?

 with southern grace,