Whoever says that being a student is easy is either a genius or a liar. With the number of courses we have, it is inevitable not to get trapped into a heavy workload that seems impossible to get through – especially when the next exam is tomorrow! Whenever that happens, you know how stressful it can be. Fortunately, the tips below will help you get everything done on your list quickly and efficiently.
1. Procrastinate smart, not hard
Before you go on to play video games or watch TV, wait a second! When I say “procrastinate”, I mean that you should get yourself into a productive mood before you start studying. This is one of the most important steps because it prepares your mind for the endless hours of studying which are about to come.
To avoid being tired, bored or lazy during the day, make sure you don’t sleep in. Wake up early so that you may have enough time to have breakfast, take a shower, go for a walk, and meditate or anything else that pumps you up. Think about it as a stretching routine to get ready for the big run.
2. Make two important lists
A big mistake that we do when creating our To Do Lists is that we only do one list. When we finish a task, we usually cross it out and move on to the other one. And this is how we kill our productivity mood.
The technique shows us how busy our day was, not how productive we were during that time. In other words, it would leave us exhausted, which means that we would not be likely to repeat the experience.
In order to feel and be productive, create one more list in which you write down the accomplished task. You will be proud of yourself each time you get one more thing done. Productivity wins!
3. Stay focused
We all know the struggle. With so many things happening all around us, it can be hard to stay focused on one thing for a long time.
Some of these distractions or “time wasters” are usually mobile phones, laptops, the Internet, and many more. If you have them and you are guilty of wasting your time with them sometimes, the best thing you can do is temporarily get rid of them.
But, of course, this doesn’t mean to just turn off your laptop or switch your phone to silent mode. If they are still in the same room with you, you probably won’t resist the urge to check your emails, tweet something or respond to some messages on Facebook.
If you want to reach your full potential when studying, empty your room of these distractions before anything else.
4. Schedule your time properly
Although “working hard” may sound like motivational advice, you are only exhausting yourself if you don’t find a way to also work smart. Luckily for us, Francesco Cirillo created the Pomodoro Technique.
Using any kind of timer you have, break your time into 25-minutes sessions of continuous work. The 25-minutes work time will be followed by a 5-minutes break. After working for 100 minutes, you get to take a 15-minutes break.
The Pomodoro Technique helps you cope with your workload efficiently in many ways. Not only will you take frequent breaks, but you will also study under strict deadlines that require maximum concentration. This way, you train your brain to stay focused and you prevent mental fatigue as well.
5. Start by eating the frog
You may have heard of this famous saying that belongs to Mark Twain. Successful people follow this advice and so should you.
By “eating a live frog every morning”, Mark Twain meant that we should always do the hardest task first. Everything else becomes a piece of cake afterwards. It’s true.
We tend to avoid doing our most complicated tasks, so we start by accomplishing the easier ones. However, when we get to the end of the list, we don’t have the energy to start working on a difficult project or we simply don’t feel like doing it anymore. Plus, once you get out of the productivity mood, it’s hard to pump yourself up again.
6.Quality over quantity always wins
Unless you really have to finish everything in one day, you can easily split your tasks and continue studying the next day. It is better to be realistic when it comes to managing our time. Of course, you want to finish everything as quickly as possible. But setting too many goals for the day can make your productivity and mental health suffer. Plus, at some point, you will be forced to multitask. And we all know that multitasking is not really the best option if you want to do quality work.
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