What I do When I Should be Studying...

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It's nearing the end of term and like most people at uni I have deadlines lingering over my head. I break up in 17 days (not that I'm counting!) and am really struggling to find the motivation to complete this final hurdle. 

So I've been doing what most students with exams and deadlines are doing at this time of the year - anything but studying. It's amazing how tidy my room is and how generous I am with picking my sister up from friends houses when exam season comes around! 

Because of this, I thought I'd share with you some of the random things I've come across online that have stopped me from getting work done. I hope I'm not too much of a bad influence!

1. Number 1, and easily my favourite discovery of the past few months is Rhett and Links new show 'Good Mythical Crew'. I am already a huge fan of 'Good Mythical Morning', and a couple of months ago I came across GMC episode 3 on the GMM Extra YouTube channel. They are now on episode 18 and it has moved to the main GMM channel, where a new episode is uploaded every Saturday. If you are familiar with Rhett and Link, and GMM I don't really need to explain what the concept is. It's basically seeing what the crew get up to throughout the week to prepare for GMM. If you're not familiar with them then this won't be your thing. However, I highly recommend it, and get so excited about it every Saturday, and it often has me laughing just as much as GMM. 

2. This leads me on quite nicely to #2. I've been a daily watcher of 'Good Mythical Morning' for about 18 months now, however, there were still a good five or six season I hadn't seen. So I took it upon myself last summer, and again now, to watch every episode of Good Mythical Morning and Good Morning Chia Lincoln - and as of this week I am officially caught up. Now this is a dangerous one though, because deciding to watch one 10 minute episode can very easily turn into a 2 hour binge session without realising. And depending on how much you have to catch up on, some seasons have GMMore too. Talk about #MythicalBeastProblems!

3.  I've recently been getting getting back into the Radio 1 Live Lounges. If you're not familiar with it, it's basically famous singers/bands performing their own version of popular songs. I'm not going to lie, sometimes they're pretty naff, but some of them are seriously amazing, and even give the original versions a run for their money. Some of my favourites are Thirty Seconds To Mars - Stay, Catfish and the Bottlemen - Black Skinhead, and Disclosure & Sam Smith - Hotline Bling.

4. This one gets me VERY excited to talk about! Prison Break is my all time favourite TV show ever!!! I never watched it when it first came out, but over the past six years I have re watched the series about four times. I'm utterly obsessed with it! Anyway, there is going to be a new series coming out in 2017. I can't bloomin' wait, but my new favourite thing is the Prison Break Writers on Twitter. It's nothing fancy, just a Twitter account where the writers of Prison Break tweet. However, it's brilliant. They tweet all kinds of fab exclusive info (like the trailer) you can't find anywhere else. If you're a Prison Break enthusiast like me this will be right up your street.

5. Lennon and Maisy have been around for ages. They started uploading to YouTube in 2010 and have blown up. They are two sisters who are seriously good country singers. They are now acting in Nashville, so don’t upload as often, but their old videos are just as good when you watch them now. They’re super cute and I could honestly listen to them sing on the loop for hours.

6. Podcasts were kind of a thing on the way out, but over the past few years they have become seriously big business. So many YouTubers and bloggers have got their own podcasts now (which to be honest are the only ones I’ve really listened to), but some people are really into it and if you are too, can find some really amazing and interesting podcasts. Over the past few years I’ve dipped in an out of loads, however my two favourites are 'Shane and Friendsand 'Ear Biscuits'. They’re really funny and just an easy listen – if you’re into internet personalities and/or pop culture you’ll really enjoy them too.  

7. This is probably the most recent discovery, and I’m not going to lie, I’m a little bit obsessed. Now, you’ll have to bear with me while I sell it to you. A League of their own is a sports themed panel show in the UK, which James Corden presents. I don’t normally watch it because sports is really not my thing. HOWEVER, there is currently a spin of series called A League of their Own: US Road Trip and it is hilarious. Like actual belly laugh hilarious. Basically James Corden, comedian Jack Whitehall, cricketer Freddie Flintoff, and footballer Jamie Redknapp all try out sports around America and get given points depending on how good they are. At the end of the series the loser has do a Chippendales show in Vegas. It’s only three episodes which I'm gutted about, but I’ve already watched the first episode three times, so I’m pretty well sorted until deadline day is here!

8. I read blogs every day, and love discovering new bloggers. My newest love is Kenza, and after a very long binge session of reading her blog, I began to find myself liking a lot of her clothing from the brand Ivy Revel. It turns out that Ivy Revel is her and her boyfriend’s own clothing line. I’ve never actually bought anything from there, but I do have a lot of items in my basket. It’s not New Look cheap, but it has a similar price point to high street shops like Whistles and Reiss. So, not crazy expensive. I highly recommend checking it out if you have a moment. 

9. I’ve always loved it when Vogue do a 73 questions video, however they don’t do it that often. The way around this? Binge watch old ones. This started when I saw the 73 questions with Blake Livelyand I found myself in the Vogue rabbit hole. It’s a dangerous yet wonderful place to be!

10. Lastly, The Mail Online. This needs very little explaining, especially if you are at school or uni and have studying to be done - the ultimate procrastination tool. I spend way to long on there, clicking through the sidebar of shame. But as long as you don’t use it as your main news outlet, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of a browse every day. 

There are other things I do such as reading blogs, watching YouTube, TV,  unnecessary baking, spring cleaning etc. I should probably add writing this blog post to the list! But let's be honest, I do these things to avoid studying all year round!! 

Joking aside, exam time is stressful, and sometimes you just need a couple of minutes to get out of your own head. Most of these things can be enjoyed in just 10 mins or so. So, although it may be tempting to fall into the rabbit holes of the Internet, sometimes it's a good idea to take a few minutes out and refresh your brain.

I can't be the only one who gets lost in the random corners on the internet during the last few weeks (*cough* months *cough*) of the academic year. Comment below if you do too. It just might make me feel better about being queen of procrastination.


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