If you don’t already know, I quit college in 2017. I took a couple years off and started an online college program in January. I’m currently attending the City University of New York School of Professional Studies as a Communication + Media major. This semester, I have been staying about a week ahead in my classes. I wanted to share a typical day to show you how you can do it too!
Beginning the Morning
I started spending the first half hour of being awake sitting outside on the porch while Baylee is doing her own thing. That’s my adorable cuddle bug of a dog, if you didn’t know!
Most mornings, I will have my first coffee of the day during this time. I don’t know what I’m going to do in a couple months when it’s too cold to sit outside for a half hour!
This is such a relaxing way to start the morning because I’m only doing things I enjoy. Sometimes I read, watch YouTube videos, or just sit and enjoy the beautiful morning. There are some days that I even have some yogurt or toast to start the day.
Daily To-Do List
I’m obsessed with the Trello website and app! It’s like Pinterest for productivity. You create boards like my To-Do Lists one. In that board, you have lists that have virtual index cards. You can color code them, copy them to a new list, or even move them completely. If you’re looking for a digital bullet journal, Trello is it!
I believe this is an absolute essential for anyone in college, but especially if you’re in an online program like I am!
My first list is my color coding list. I use green for what’s finished, purple for what’s in progress, and yellow for things that are due ASAP.
I pre-made a weekly to-do list with three cards for each of my classes. Every Monday, I start by filling out that week’s class to-do’s. I have one class that the work doesn’t become available until Thursdays, so I fill out that class’s cards first thing on Thursday. That really helps me to see each thing I need to do that week and it helps me prioriti:e what I need to do each day. I have 15 of these lists set up for each week of the semester.
If I have a lot of non-school related items to do, I create a separate list for that day. I make sure I do this with my weekly cleaning tasks and other things I tend to gloss over in my mind. When I need to make myself do them, I put it on a list for the day. I love turning the label green so it motivates me to just get up and do it. It’s really helped me avoid procrastination this semester and it’s been awesome!
Beginning the Online College Schoolwork
This semester, I’m taking three classes: Introduction to Communication and Media, The Mediated Globe, and Writing for Digital Media.
On Mondays, I start with either Introduction to Communication and Media or The Mediated Globe. It just depends on my mood that day and what kind of materials I have to go through. My program doesn’t use textbooks so all of the materials are online articles, text books, or videos. If I’m feeling sluggish, I tend to work on the class where the information sounds more interesting or there’s more videos than reading.
Once I start, I don’t let myself get distracted in the middle of a video or a reading. After I finish that part of the assignment, I’ll let myself get up and get a coffee or water or reply to any text messages. After a few minutes, I start on the next part of the assignment. I keep repeating this process until I finish writing the paper for that assignment. Figuratively, I walk away from the assignment for a couple days. If I’m feeling froggy, I will start the assignment for the next class.
On Tuesdays, I repeat the same process with my second class. I stop when I’m done writing my paper for the assignment in this class as well. Then, on Wednesdays, I revisit both assignments. I edit them and either turn them into the professor or upload them to the discussion board. On Thursdays, I repeat this process with my Writing for Digital Media class. I typically wait until Friday to edit it and turn it in.
Keeping Up With the Cleaning
I always try to take time to do some light cleaning or picking up around the house. Sometimes it’s just loading or unloading the dishwasher, Other days, it’s worse things like putting away all the clean clothes. I don’t know what it is, but I would rather deep clean the fridge than put away clean laundry. I try to do a little bit every day so that it’s kept up with and doesn’t just build up.
Chilling Out and Relaxing
I typically spend the next hour or couple of hours just relaxing or doing something I enjoy. Some days, I watch Netflix, Hulu, or YouTube. If I’m dragging that day, I’ll take a nap to rest up before work. Lately, I have been using this time to work on posts for my blog so that I can keep up with posting on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I’m sure there will be plenty of weeks where that won’t work out, but that’s okay.
My Nighttime Routine
I work in the evenings so I make sure to finish all of my school work during the day. After I get home, I hop in the shower. Lately, I’ve been inspired by Lauryn on The Skinny Confidential podcast to start doing more tasks as a daily routine. After I’m done with my shower, I use a pumice stone on my feet, brush my teeth, and put leave-in-conditioner in my hair. After all that, I typically scroll through social media for awhile or watch something on Netflix or Hulu. I take this time to relax and unwind after a long day.
I hope you found my routine as an online college student helpful! Make sure to leave a comment below and let me know what you have to do everyday to have a good day. I’ll see you again soon with a new post!