Being a student is the most fun time of your life. But apart from the socialising, we all know to earn that degree, you need to buckle down and stop procrastinating. To help with this, you need to know how to maximise your efforts and plan your time effectively. Here are some tips and ways to get the grade:
Be Organised And Create A Routine
It is important to schedule time for yourself to do some planning. In order to be organised and create a routine, you need to plan ahead. Keep your notes, assignments, desk and calendar organised. By setting up a master calendar with all your due dates, you'll keep better track of what needs to be done and when it must be done by. From your master calendar, create a to-do list and prioritise those tasks. Keep your calendar and to-do list ongoing, add and remove as things change. Having things organised means having it under control.
When it comes to organising individual projects, create a project plan, add your items to your to-do list, and work on one thing at a time. Sometimes, it is difficult to get into the groove of a project or to simply focus on a singular thing, if this happens, set a timer for two to five minutes and tell yourself you simply need to focus until the timer goes off. In more cases, after your timer beeps, you're likely to continue working as you have directed your focus and have gotten into the groove.
The Benefits Of A Routine
When it comes to creating a routine, it is important to know what your productive time zone is - what time of day you work best. Work around those few hours to get as much done as possible and complete some of the bigger tasks. Another tip with creating a routine is to schedule time to do things like grocery shopping, finishing the laundry and keeping yourself fed. At the end of the day, it's all about helping you achieve that study goal and laying foundations for your future in the workplace.
It's important to have a routine and stick to it, as having a routine does have its benefits. For one, you'll be able to cross more items off your to-do list. This makes you more efficient, which is the goal of proper time management. Another benefit is that it lowers your levels of anxiety and stress, which in turn aids to keep your mental health stable. A routine further helps to instill good habits and assists you in achieving your goals.
Students also opt to use time management apps. Read more about that here.
Living The Healthy Life
This is an aspect most people struggle to attain, this takes discipline and determination to form healthier habits in order to create a healthier lifestyle.
It's easy to eat processed food and takeaways, but for maximum concentration, it is important to eat a balanced diet and keep hydrated. Yes, it's not always easy to switch that chocolate for an apple, but sometimes it's needed. Keep the chocolate for a reward after a hard day's work. With that, it's also important to ensure you stay hydrated - drink your two litres per day.
Sleep is also important! Like our bodies need food and water, we also need sleep for both physical energy and clear minds. Scheduling sleep into your routine will not only keep you awake, in the long run it will improve the quality of your sleep as well.
Another important factor is one of movement. As with routines, it's beneficial to exercise, as it clears your head, releases endorphins and keeps your body strong. This doesn't mean you need to run 10km each day, just 20 to 30 minutes of exercise a day, be it in the gym, dancing or a stroll outside.
At the end of the day, the main source of procrastination is distraction - what better way to finish work than by eliminating distractions? The easiest way to do this is to remove all distractions from the room you're studying and working in. Some easy ways to avoid distractions are to remove them from your desk, switch off notifications and also mute group chats. Don't think technology is the only distraction, friends can do the same - which is why it's important to learn to say no. It's difficult to say no to happy hour, but your future graduated-self will thank you.
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