We all have been there. As students, we stumbled upon situations where our desired outcome does not meet even the shadow of reality. These instances, for example, are when the school project that has been scheduled a month ago received an F during the actual evaluation (F can mean a lot of other things than the rating itself), when we were late for a student organization meeting because we did not think to take it seriously, or worse, when the school administrator suspended us from school because of serial tardiness even we skipped our cereals in the morning running late.
Productivity is an issue a lot of people deal with every single day, in the workplace, school, or even parties (yes, parties). This is why, as a student myself, I want to share tips about the efforts I did to become productive as a person who is studying just yet and hopefully, you who stumbled upon this article could learn from them.
The following are my tips in order to become productive in school as a student
1. List down the things you need to do for tomorrow before bedtime.
The ultra-productive people suggest that in order to win the race tomorrow morning, start running tonight. When we take 10 minutes to think and list down the most important things we need to do for tomorrow, we become aware and get mental clarity about what we really need to do. With this method, we become partially invulnerable to the nonscheduled tasks that often lead to an unproductive day (procrastination, idle social media time, etc.). Go take your pen and paper and list them down, it will even help you get a better sleep.
Related: Benefits of To Do Lists – RobinsKey
2. Let other people help you when you cannot help yourself.
No one knows it all and behind every great man is his team. Therefore, if you think that the task assigned to you is something that you cannot do alone, then allow other people to help you. After all, collective productivity can be celebrated better with the people around you. Not only that the bonds among your inner circle strengthens, but you also become aware of one another’s strengths and weaknesses.
3. Schedule your breaks and holidays.
Most people have the misconception that in order to be productive, one must schedule a weekly calendar full of tasks and work. This might not be true because neuroscience reveals that taking a break will help you finish your tasks faster once your resume when compared to a work you continuously do non-stop and non-pause.
To make it more helpful, schedule your breaks so that you will never forget to take them and make sure that the scheduled breaks and holidays are highly recreational and totally ‘no work allowed’ moments for a student.
4. Do not sleep later than 10:30pm.
As we age, we tend to forget the value of our physical bodies. When we deprive ourselves of sleep, we often spend the time in doing even more work that can be totally damaging especially to the mind and the body. We must make sure that we get 6 to 8 hours of sleep and get wide awake before the sun is almost on top of the sky. It’s always true that our sleeping, just like any other habits must be designed and carefully planned (scheduled).
And you will never be late to your classes again, my dear student.
5. Start the project as soon as it was given.
Procrastination is the enemy of productivity. Also, it is said that when we cram our school projects to the deadline, we often have F-quality of results not maximizing the true potential we can actually put to the project. Therefore, start your tasks early. It will make you finish early without any cramming and you’ll have more time for revisions if needed (most of the time, it is). In this way, you will be able to get the A+.
P.S.: Start now.