How has your week/weekend been?
I wanted to document my spending for a multitude of reasons, as I touched on here. I didn't start on the first day of May, but this is where I ended up for the month!
Some of the reasons why the miscellaneous purchases were so high:
- $170 set of 3 piercings with earrings and tip
- I got Chris some expensive items as an apology for a pretty bad fight we had*
- Bought my dad his Father's day gifts early!
- Bought some hair supplies and craft supplies like this & this- can you guess what I'm going to make? (;
This obviously doesn't include rent, electricity, etc. just spending on things I can more or less control. How're you staying accountable and keeping track of your spending? Are you saving up for anything right now?
*We don't really fight anymore (yey! that's mostly due to me calming down and working on my flaws...) but I was pretty hurtful unintentionally so I wanted him to know that I was sorry with more than just words.
1 / Make schedules for exams (as pictured). I did this for my 2 professional teacher certification tests and that worked out really well, and I'm doing it now for my midterm for measurement. This'll create a sense of urgency and it'll count down the days until your test. This method would also be perfect for projects! If you fall behind a few days- don't worry. I definitely did on my last exam schedule and because I crossed off the things I did do, I knew what I still had left to study and just doubled-up when I had more time.
2 / Try to do a little bit each day. Even if you're only reading half a chapter, you're one step closer to your ultimate goal. You retain more when you study each day and it spreads the work further.
3 / Write everything down! While this might seem like a no-brainer, it might not be everyone's go-to. Right now I'm staying simple by using a piece of notebook paper, separating my "to-do" list by classes, and writing down what I need to get done in a week's time (or whatever fits best).
4 / Tackle the worst/biggest item FIRST, early in the day (if possible). We all dread that one project or set of readings and we want to push it off. Maybe we even get other things done in the meantime (great- but still not what you need to be doing). When you tackle this (it may take a while), you feel a million times closer to being done with your to-do list since this was the biggest and most daunting. Plus, everything else is minute in comparison. (;
5 / The more you do, the more you want to get done. I remember reading or hearing this and thinking to myself how incredibly true it was! Once I cross something off of my to-do list, I want to keep that momentum going. So, it's good to schedule a whole block of time to getting it done. I like to start early in the morning and keep the ball rolling. Once in a while I'll take breaks, and sometimes even multi-task with playing a game when things get super boring. (although that's not efficient- try to avoid it as much as possible)
6 / Take it one day at a time- especially if you have a ton of stuff due relatively soon. Look at the pressing issues at hand and only worry about those for the time being.You can only do so much, and stressing constantly won't help!
Photo credit for the first image: Death to the Stock Photo
Second: My instagram
Blog posts from 2014-2015 were transferred from my original blog on blogger, Oshiro Design, to my updated website, oshirodesigns.com