Let’s face it: we are all humans and an average student’s life can get busy. Like, really, REALLY busy at times. Not only are you faced with the obvious such as going to classes, revising for exams and writing essays, but sometimes you have to work a part-time job and try to squeeze this amazing ‘university experience’ everyone seems to be talking about in between. How to make sure you manage to pass every unit, have at least some sort of a social life and manage to pay for it as well? Different things work for different people but these simple tips for increasing your productivity may be a good place to start.
Get things done quicker with some upbeat music.
Create a playlist of easy to listen, energetic and feel-good songs – you will be amazed how smoothly cleaning goes when you listen to something that makes you want to dance instead of a sad ballad! Make sure you add new song to the playlist every other week so you won’t get bored of it.
Start with the most important things
Yeah, sometimes the most important tasks are the ones that are the most difficult so you keep pushing them away. Challenge yourself and get up early in the morning to complete them – once you get them done, you will instantly feel better and more motivated and nothing will scare you!
Keep a to-do list
Once you write everything down in a neatly organised list, you will definitely feel in control and those moments of sheer panic when feeling like you just can’t keep record of your tasks will become nothing but a memory. Make things fun with using different coloured pens, glitter, stickers and good quality notebooks. Nothing feels better than the satisfaction of crossing things off the list…
When trying to stay focused and productive your phone may be your worst enemy but also the biggest friend – it’s entirely up to you how you want to use it. Have a look at iTunes’ “productivity" category (or its counterpart for any other mobile software) and you will find hundreds of free apps that may help you with your time management, such as popular and well-designed Evernote making it possible for you to have access to your notes on every device or CloudOn, letting you edit your Microsoft Office documents on the go.
Instead of interlacing a minute of work with a minute of staring aimlessly at whatever is in front of you, plan your break time ahead. Use browsers apps such as StayFocused so you can control what websites you can access and how much time you can spend on them (great for time-consuming social media!), set a clock to your break time – it will help you to understand an importance of regenerating yourself after long and fruitful work.
Written by Dagmara Reczka