Bullet Journal

One thing that I have struggled with recently is productivity so as a new start to the year I have decided to start a bullet journal. The bullet journal society is massive so finding ideas was very easy. It so far has really helped me track all my habits and set all my goals for the future.

I have decided to list my set up in the hope that it will help someone else start a bullet journal if they wanted to.

  • For my bullet journal, I use a dotted paged journal and some Crayola pens. For other decorations, I use washi tape and watercolours.
  • Firstly I have a key- this is just a basis for my lists for the day. I draw a square for a goal and then if completed I fill it in. If half completed I half complete the square. If moved I draw a triangle and when cancelled I draw a line through the whole goal.
  • I then have an opening page for the new year- this just has my name and 2019
  • Next, I have a calendar of the year- Here I circle key dates such as birthdays, holidays and events that I am most excited for in the year.
  • Then I have my new year goals- this is just a simple list of some things I would like to achieve in 2019 and next to it I have an inspirational quote.
  • After that, I have a little opening page for January which also includes my theme for the month, space!
  • For the next couple of pages, I have my monthly calendar and my habit tracker for the month along with my monthly goals and another little quote.
  • For all the pages after that, I have my weekly spreads inspired by many pictures of off Pinterest.

I hope that this will keep me more productive and help me not stay behind on my blog posts.

On my Pinterest, there is a board of some inspirational Bullet journal ideas that I hope will inspire you just as it did me.

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Revision

What I love about Revision… well I guess my favourite thing must be the colours and pretty notes. That’s why I wanted to sort out all my notes now instead of rushing around later on trying to organise everything and not actually taking any of it in.

What actually works… well that’s completely up to you. I hate it when you tell someone how you revise and they go “oh no that’s the worst way to revise.” It doesn’t matter unless you’re failing all your tests, then you keep doing that. Your method of revision could fail on everyone else in England but that doesn’t make it bad for you. It doesn’t mean that it will fail on everyone.

Personally, I don’t have a set way of revising. I do a mix of things and most of the time it works. I guess I just love it because it’s nice to go over the things you know and make sure you are completely prepared for a test.

I am currently revising for a History, a Geography, a French and a Maths test which isn’t so fun as I have to mush it all in 2 days, however, I will not lose hope. I have made a timetable and set times for me to do things and as long as I stick to that I should hopefully get it all completed.

Thank you for reading my blog and sorry for posting so late.

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Science

This is actually really difficult to talk about since science is the most important to me, but I have received my science test results and I am not proud of them.

I know it’s not the end of the world and I still have a long time before I actually get my GCSE  test results back but it was extremely depressing to receive a really bad grade in general for me and to be four grades down from what I really want for science and then for my science teacher to tell the whole class that it’s ok if we are TWO grades away from what we want and all we have to do is just try harder.

I would have been fine if it was a bad grade for RS or Geography or if my Textiles teacher told me that I needed to try harder. However, that’s not what has happened at all. Instead, I am doing better in those subjects than in the one subject I want so badly to be good at. It’s just so frustrating.  It feels like no matter how hard I try I won’t be able to do what I want to do and no matter how hard I want it, my job is not going to turn out to what I expected and I know that’s not necessarily a bad thing and that’s probably going to happen anyway but it’s still annoying when I have already set my mind on this job.

I would give up any of my other marks to get a really good one in science. The thing that makes it worse is that I KNEW the answers. We went through the test and they were all understandable things or things that I could easily learn but I haven’t learnt it that much. Partly because last year, my science teacher went on maternity leave and I had a supply and I didn’t really learn that much. Also, it wasn’t even the fact that I hadn’t revised because I had. I tried extremely hard to revise and I still missed the bits that were needed in the test. Even though I went through the whole list I missed all the little details that were needed for those extra marks.

I am really disappointed in my work and honestly, really scared that I will have to change what I want to do when I have already set my mind on science.

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Test results

I have received some of my test results and all seems good. For my Maths, I received about a 6/10. I am not sure what it is, I received my predicted grade but I just wasn’t happy with it. The person that I revised with received a bigger grade which also made me feel a bit bad about it,  but it just wasn’t my best.

I was extremely happy with my geography, however, I would only give it a 9/10 because I was only one mark away from the grade I wanted and that was very annoying but I am still very proud of what I achieved.

I have not been given my test back for Science, Rs, French and History, mainly because I did two yesterday, but science I did two weeks ago so I am a bit annoyed with that but the other two are alright I think for the first half term.

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Happiness

I really don’t want to jinx this but I finally feel that I have reached a fully satisfied state of happiness (touch wood) and I don’t just mean with school work. Obviously, having your work organised in whatever you are doing is important and helpful for being happy, but there are still other important factors as well that no one really goes through when you are stressing about your GCSEs.

Friends. Last year I went through a rough time with friends and now I have finally gotten out of all the toxic friendships that I had and to be honest I feel so much better for it. One of my friends, I used to be really close with her but she always gossiped about things which would make me fall out with my friends, and no matter what I said she would twist around so it made me sound horrible. She would be the cause of most fallouts that I had. I still speak to her but now I don’t tell her anything personal, I guess we just keep to ourselves. My other friend would pretty much cyberbully me. She would pretty much guilt trip me, making everything that happened between us seem like my fault and my fault alone, which now reflecting on it, was not the case at all. She would pick on all the little things about me saying that they were her things and that I had stolen them from her. I don’t really talk to her at all since the last time she had a go at me, I left it, I didn’t apologise and ask her to be my friend again because I finally understood that she was not a friend I needed.

I didn’t say this because I wanted pity, I said this because I wanted anyone else who reads this to think about their friends and their worth. It took me too long to figure out why these friends were bad and now that I have finally found myself a decent friend group where we all respect one and another, I can finally concentrate on the things that actually matter.

I know how hard it is to get rid of those horrible people that are in your life, but trust me once you do it’s worth it. (I know this sounds cheesy but its true!)

So I just wanted to dedicate this post to my real friends who have helped me through those rough times and my one true best friend who stuck by me the whole way through, my Mum.

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Panic

I was sat at school, and one of my friends said to me, “Hey, did you know —- has already started their GCSE revision” and I said “No” and then they said, “Yeah well they started it last year, I only started mine in the summer holidays” and that’s when it hit me.

The teachers had always said in the assemblies, “Don’t leave your revision to the last minute” But when is the last minute? So I panicked. I thought that I was really behind everyone else and it just made me panic. Therefore making me go out and by about 8 folders and highlighters and promise myself that I will write up all my notes over the weekend.

I have to admit, it was really nice once I had set out all my folders on my shelves and labelled them and also to know that my notes will be written up soon. I know that I still have ‘loads of time’ but trust me, the past 3 years have flown by and I am not letting that happen with my GCSEs.

However, I had not completely comprehended the amount of writing up I had told myself to do over the weekend and add that to my 7 pieces of homework, 2 tests, not knowing if my books are at home and the family coming round, I very much doubt I will accomplish it, BUT as you all will know from my first post, I won’t give it up without a fight. Here come a few late nights. Wish me luck.

The past few weeks have been a bit stressful. I have had drinks flooding my bag, an open evening which I promised to help out with and trying to keep up with my timetable that I set myself last week… but that does lead me on to my next thing.

I managed to complete my timetable/ to do list…. yay (balloons and confetti) Woop Woop. And I am going to tell you what I used. (That’s right, I’m actually going to say something helpful instead of complaining.) An app that I have really enjoyed using is ‘Wunderlist’ There was something so satisfying with making myself goals and ticking them off, and I really recommend it. It helped me so much and I feel happy even though I had a pond in my bag in the middle of the week. 🙂

I hope you all had an amazing week

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Time

As much as I keep telling myself to get on with things, or do these things this week, I can never get round to doing it. I always seem to be busy and by the time it’s Sunday I am looking back on the week thinking about what I could have done better.

Like for instance, a diet. I had a goal for this year to stay fit and eat healthily but I just can’t stick to it, or even my hobbies that I love to do, I can never seem to find the time to do it. Weeks are flying by and I am scared that I will be the same with my Revision for GCSEs so I need to practice. So far I have tried goals for the week and timetables to follow but there is so much that I want to do that I never seem to be able to do any of it.

At the moment I am trying to write a book, but I have to be in the mood to write and I just never seem to have the time to do it. I’m not really a busy person, most the time it will be just me sat in front of the TV and before I know it, it’s dinner time and I am going to bed. So I need to do something and change this quickly.

This week I am going to try a list of goals, I think this is probably the best way to go about things and also I am going to write my goals on here and tell you next week how it goes. Wish me luck! My goals for this week are:

  • Complete a chapter of a book
  • Take some photos (This is really important for me and I explained why in my last blog post)
  • Practice the Piano for at least 3 hours over the week

Okay, so that’s only 3 goals so I should definitely be able to complete it for this week. Have any of you struggled with finding time for your hobbies? and if so do you have any advice?

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