Back to School: agendas and calendars

As you all may have noticed, I have a bit of a soft spot for back to school. I love preparing myself for the next academic year full of memories to come. I myself have ordered one in the list you are about to see.

I know that different parts of the globe start school at different times, so I’m doing some more posts about these until mid September.


Agendas / calendars

There are plenty of possibilities for you to get your day, week or month organized. These will be my categories:

  • Bullet journals

If you don’t know what bullet journals are, here you have the official page: bulletjournal. It is an amazing way to be organized and creative. You can spend as much time as you please doing these, but of course, do remember that you won’t have any made guides on your book to do this. This might be a pro or a con for you.

  1. Leuchtturm in medium black
  2. Northbook
  3. Rhodia in black
  4. Moleskine classic in black
  • Agendas and planners

Agendas and planners can come in incredible shapes, colors and prints, so there’s plenty for you to choose from. There is of course a long list to these, so I’ll cut them out to five.

  1. Ban.do agendas (there are so many!!)
  2. Kate Spade agendas (so classy and elegant)
  3. Lilly Pulitzer agendas
  4. DaySpring agendas
  5. Erin Condren’s LifePlanners (you actually customize these!)
  • Wall calendars

Though I’ve never tried these, I know some people really do enjoy these. I’m choosing some as my favorite because I’d definitely try them out.

  1. A chalkboard one that looks very good
  2. Blue Sky cute colorful one
  3. Blue Sky blue polka-dotted one
  4. A smaller one which is magnetic and dry erasable
  5. ProMAG smaller purple polka-dotted one
  • Printables

I have mentioned these in another post regarding (mostly) a univeristy point of view of the two weeks of so before entering school yet again. Printables are a lovely resource to have in your computer for when you really do need them. If, for example, you can’t afford to have agendas, planners, bullet journals or wall calendars – or if you simply don’t want to, you can always go for printables.

I do really recommend these for everyone, since it helps a lot with all your organizing and scheduling for either the day, week, month or semester.

There are so, so many that I can’t possibly know which are the best of all the world wide web. I do, however, know of some great printables that I already listed in the post I told you about (as well as some self-promo.)


I really hope you enjoyed this post and have gathered enough links that might be useful for you or someone you know of that is looking for these. Please, like this post and write a comment if you wish to. I’d really appreciate a share from you, too, or a follow! I would so love to read some of your content!! All the love, x.

Back to School? More like Back to Summer

Even though I posted yesterday, I really wanted to share one more tip with you. “Back to School” is something you have time to organize in, what’s my opinion, two weeks at most. Hence this post’s title.

Go back to your summer, enjoy every single minute of it. Here are three inexpensive, fun plans you can choose from:

1. Beach and cocktails

Maybe you’re a beach enthusiast, or maybe you just want to change your summer routine a bit, but you should never let the summer end without spending a good day at the beach.

What you will need:

  • A good-sized beach bag where you can put the rest of the list into.
  • A trustworthy sun lotion. I will be trying the Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection with SPF 30, which is also water-resistant  and oil-free (4.75€).
  • A comfortable bikini or one piece that you can feel confident in. Prices vary but I got a one piece for 20€ at Decathlon. Also, grab a pair of nice flip-flops!
  • Two hair ties and/or a chunky hair clip. I will be taking two out of a ten pack (3€).
  • Two ample towels: one for sunbathing and the other so you can dry yourself when you’ve taken a dip in the sea/ocean.
  • Of course, take some money for the cocktail(s) you might be having as well as your phone and earphones. If you like to read, grab your favorite book, too!

 

Here comes the best part! Grab your family, friends or that special someone and go to the closest beach you’ve got and have the time of your life. Go to one of those bars during the happy hour and ask for a San Francisco cocktail, you can thank me later.

2. Road trip or city exploring

I don’t know about you, but I really do love visiting new places and getting to know more about those that are quite close to mine, and even more so if they’re far away!

What you will need:

  • Know beforehand if you’ll be staying long outside, since you’ll need a suitcase with your health necessities and some clothes you can change into, as well as some type of accomodation.
  • Make sure your way of transportation is in available and in good condition. I’d recommend you to use a train if you have the money for it.
  • A considerable amount of money with you, since you never know what might happen while you’re out.
  • Again, take the same things as the option before this one, since you might stumble into a beach or a swimming pool in your way!
  • Plenty of snacks so you don’t need to spend money unnecessarily.
  • Some comfortable shoes you can walk in for a very long time.
  • Plan out those places that you want to see and get to know better. Also, you can download the Geocaching app to help you out with that task.
  • Your camera so you can have plenty of memories to go back to when you get older!

Have a lot of fun looking for those Geocachers and exploring new places or even old places that you hadn’t known as well!

3. Pizza and movie night

I know this sounds like the most boring of things. How is this going to be of any excitement? You simply have to get Netflix on and call for your pizza, but keep reading. I promise you’ll reconsider.

Instead of what you had in mind, you’re going to be making a couple of pizzas with your preferred company and watching a movie like it’s the most adventurous thing in the world.

What you will need:

  • This amazing website, foodnetwork, or one of your choice which you might have bookmarked for future reference.
  • Buy everything that you have read if you haven’t got it at home, and get your hands dirty with that pizza dough!
  • Put on some music if you’d like to set the mood while you’re cooking.
  • A cool apron that you most fancy to make the experience all that much more amazing.
  • Add a glass of your preferred flavor of juice and home-made pop-corn (check this out: foodnetwork).
  • A movie that you might have never watched or watched so many times that you know the dialogue by heart. But choose it, love it, enjoy it with that amazing pizza that you have prepared.

Get a space converted into a cosy, fun place in which you will be eating, laughing and having a lovely time at home.


I really hope you liked these ideas and maybe put them to use! If there’s any suggestion, you know what to do.

If you enjoyed this post, like, comment and share it! 🙂 More to come soon, x.

The Ultimate Back to School Post for University Students

I’m going to start saying I’m sorry for ditching this blog for half a year, but as you may know if you’ve read any other previous post, I’m quite busy usually. I am willing to start a schedule with my posts seeing people usually like them a bit – maybe twice a month updates? We’ll see.

Moving on from that, I’d like to present to you a masterpost for your Back to School necessities. This goes in my own order, a.k.a. what I will be doing myself step by step. You can move them around, diss some and add others if you’d like, too.

1. Music playlists

really like my life to revolve around music. I love sad songs, I love happy songs, I love slow songs, I love dance songs, I love workout playlists and I absolutely adore music overall. It is that bad, apparently. And yes, I’m accenting a lot of words on this paragraph but my love for music is quite huge.

Everyone loves music, so why not gather a few of your favorites on Spotify and stack them into a (probably disorganized) playlist. I haven’t got all that many playlists, because I gather quite a number into one category. If you’d like to check it out, here’s a link to my profile: itsmiralles.

It doesn’t have to be neat and organized since I at least put playlists on shuffle and replay. Just make sure you feel okay with what you’ve added into it.

2. Gym time

Whether your body is slim or thick, everyone needs a moment to do some exercise. I myself don’t go to the gym during the year because I have no time at all to do much, hence why the summer is my time to go to the gym during an hour in the evening five days a week.

You don’t really have to go the gym if you don’t want to, whether you’re uncomfortable with it or you don’t fancy it. But I do want to stress on the importance of taking an hour of your day to walk or cycle or do whatever that keeps you active and happy with yourself. It raises your self-esteem and confidence, plus you can use your music playlists to motivate yourself even more!

3. Printables

Now, back to what you’re here for – school. Everyone needs a way of keeping track of their day, some use agendas, others use bullet journals and others use scrap pieces of paper. Another way of keeping yourself organized during the year and beforehand is a printable.

If you’ve got Tumblr and you follow some “studyblr”s you might have seen some printables going around. You can find some great printables on theorganisedstudentthearialligraphyproject or you can check out mine mariastudying, though there’s only two for now. The printables can make your academic and personal life much easier to keep track of. You can find calendars, productivity challenges, to-do lists; daily, weekly and semester planners,… There are many for you to choose from and you can use as many as you’d like!

4. Motivation

If you’re anything like me, after a week of hard work your motivation drops as if you’d just popped a balloon. How to fix this is quite a personal issue, but these tips may help you.

  • Have a few motivating quotes on your desks, notebooks and agenda/planner/bullet journal, or even write some of your own on your printables if you’ve got some space.
  • Use the Chrome extension Momentum for a lovely picture, quote and more features every day.
  • Use the mobile app Forest to force yourself to keep working hard. I think you can also get the extension for Chrome from the official website.
  • Have at least a full day to relax and pamper yourself each week. Alternatively, you can have a couple hours a day to spend as you please.
  • Join a club or any extracurriculars if you can! It will make your week diverse, but it can also be time-consuming.

5. Get your class schedule and course plan

I’m not really sure how this works in any other country or even in any other university, but in my university we use online resources for pretty much everything. There’s not many ‘books’ per say, but there’s a list of the books where the teachers have developed the presentations from. If you can, get as much material as you can, especially your class schedule and course plan, a.k.a. what the teachers will be evaluating and all the percentages from where your grade is going to come from.

6. Class organization

Using your preferred organization tool (agenda, planner, bullet journal, printables, online resources), organize your semester. You can follow these steps:

  • First off, do a general outline: use your class schedule, give yourself enough space to breathe between working hours. If you have class until 2 in the evening, don’t schedule your studying hours starting at 3 PM. Give yourself a couple of hours, and even more so if you have to drive or take public transportation home.
  • Wait until you have been in class for a couple of weeks to know your schedule much better.
  • Rectify so that you can be as productive as possible. If you can’t handle your schedule, shift it around until you’re comfortable with it. Do this as many times during the year as you need, since in the end, what matters is your mental and physical health.

Whether you follow these steps or not, do give yourself enough space to breathe during the day. It isn’t all about studying!

7. Supplies

I think I made a post about this last year, which I might as well link you to: First Year of College Tips and Lists. But, as a sophomore-to-be student, I’d like to update it a bit. For college, what I personally need and I think you might, too:

Class-wise:

  • Planner / agenda / bullet journal / printables
  • Notebooks or a binder with leaf paper (personally adore the Muji ones)
  • Laptop
  • A backpack with a laptop pocket and good support
  • Black or blue pens (again, personal favorite: Muji 0.38 gel pens)
  • Water bottle
  • A couple snacks and/or money

Extras that you may just have on your desk:

  • Girly kit
  • Diabetes kit (since, you know, kind of a necessity in my case)
  • Sticky notes and flags, mostly to remind myself of doing this or that by sticking them on my computer screen’s borders
  • A bunch of colourful pens and highlighters to make studying a bit easier (personal favorites: staedler and mildliner)
  • A couple of earphones and charger

8. Relax

I can’t stress this one enough. Relaxing, sleeping, watching a TV series, a movie, going outside, staying in reading or doing nothing at all… You need to do these things in order to stay sane during the school year. You can’t spend all of your time studying. You really do need to laugh with friends, to go outside and grab an ice cream or to stay in and talk to your family. You need life experiences that studying alone won’t give you.

Studying is great, but don’t make it your life.


I’d also like to point out a few last things:

  • If you need ideas for outfits, food recipes, hairstyles… What’s Pinterest for? Even for desk organization, make that website your best friend.
  • Join the “studyblr” community I mentioned before on Tumblr. I swear, just seeing others being productive will help you. Plus, there’s enormous support and resources for everyone.
  • Be realistic with your goals througout the year so you don’t loose motivation and waste time. If you have problems with this, half the workload you scheduled for the day. Sure, you won’t be on top of your work, but you will save yourself from flanking completely.
  • Do not let anyone tell you that you’re not worthy or talented enough for anything. You do you and follow your path. It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop.

Like, comment and share if you enjoyed this post and want more like this one! I really do love writing inspirational posts, because I get motivated myself. Any suggestion and feedback would be lovely. Have a lovely day and school year, x.