Something I always try to avoid is being unproductive. Time is very valuable, and I think it’s a waste of a day if you don’t do at least one productive thing a day. Of course, what is considered to be productive varies from one person to the next.
Especially with final exams coming up for fellow college students, I thought I would create a list of ways to stay productive so you can power through those long to do lists.
1. plan your day/create a list
This is probably the best advice I could give to you. At the beginning of each day, sit down with your planner and look at what the next few days have in store for you – deadlines, exam dates, events, blog posts, etc. Then start jotting down what you want to accomplish that day. Creating a list motivates you to want to complete the tasks so you can cross it off.
I typically add quite a lot of things on to my to do lists since I’m the type of person who bites off more than they can chew. I set my goals high so that once I (possibly) complete everything, I will be filled with immense satisfaction. And even if you don’t complete everything you wanted to, a list with completed, crossed off markings creates a visual for you to see just how much you accomplished in one day!
Multitasking is a great way to get things done quicker and more efficiently. If you can kill two birds with one stone, then do it! Figuratively of course.
For students who have trouble with memorization, I find multitasking while I study to be a great habit. Typically I clean or, oddly enough, watching Netflix while I study. You’re probably like “what?! You watch movies while studying?”. Well yes. One of the best ways to study is testing yourself. Since I’m a nursing major, I have to memorize a lot of information. So as a way of studying, I’ll memorize new information, take a 10 minute break to clean/watch Netflix, and then quiz myself over the material. Once I fully understand the information, I move on to the next topic and repeat the same steps. Of course, this isn’t going to be helpful to everyone, but sitting for 3 straights hours of pure studying does not work for me. Find out what works best for you, and see if you could wash the dishes at the same time!
3. treat yo self
Motivation is key to getting anything done. Find a way to reward yourself for being productive. A reward pushes you want to finish the jobs you have laid out for yourself. I usually reward myself with downtime. For instant, if I can get through studying half a chapter for my exam, I treat myself to a one episode of Friends. Something as simple as 20 minutes of your favorite a television show or a quick glance through the latest Instagram posts can really push you want to finish your work.
4. put the phones away
This has been my biggest problem this year. I find myself constantly glued to my phone and getting nothing done! I know everyone has been in the situation where five more minutes on Twitter turns into watching a video of adorable dogs two hours later. Put your electronics away when you’re trying to get something done. Out of site, out of mind. You’ll find yourself finished with the task in no time!
5. Take breaks
Even if you have a lot going on on your plate, make sure you’re taking care of your body. Take snack breaks, drink plenty of water throughout the day and if you’re exhausted, take a quick nap. Power naps do wonders! It’s crazy how rejuvenated you can feel after a 15 minute nap.
6. find your comfort zone
My last advice to you is to find the setting you feel most productive at. Some people get work done best in a place with background noise and music. Others need complete silence to get the job done. When you really need to get a bunch of things done, find the place you know will clear your mind. For instance, I find myself most productive when I’m in my room or at a coffee shop.
And there you have it! 6 easy steps to staying on top of your productivity game! As I said, finals are coming up for most college students, including me! I’m going to try my best to keep posting at least once a weeks for the next month, but I apologize in advanced if I fall behind on posts. Till next time!