University can be overwhelming at times with balancing deadlines, social life and down-time. In order to be a productive student, you need to get this balance just right.
Planning is an essential part of organising your day so that you can use every minute effectively in order to reach your goals, long-term and short-term.
Divide your day into 30 minute segments from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep.
I know that sounds daunting but bare with me! Here are some points to get you started:
Write out the 30 minute slots on a piece of paper, planner or writing a note on your phone so you always have it with you.
Go through a normal day, filling in each slot with what you do naturally – Be honest with yourself here, this is the foundation of productivity!
At the end of the day, go through the areas where you were least productive and learn from it. Why were you not productive? Do you need more down-time?
Make a new day of time slots and this time PLAN the next day out based on what you have learnt from the previous day.
A ‘To Do’ list is a good place to begin planning each day. Write out what you wish to achieve by the end of the day and tailor your time to those targets. Make sure the to do list is achievable or you will not feel as productive. Feeling productive is half the battle.
Don’t forget about down-time and your social life – plan time to do things you enjoy!
Stressed out by tons of assignments coming constantly? Here are 3 tips to help you reorganise your schedule and study more effectively for a successful semester!
Prioritise based on importance and urgency
In his best-seller “7 Habits of Highly Effective People“, Dr. Stephen R Covey proposed a method of prioritisation that ranks tasks to be done each week based on their levels of importance and urgency. While people normally prioritise both important and urgent tasks first, this problem-minded approach is ineffective in the long term. Instead, we should become more opportunity-minded by focusing on important yet non-urgent tasks, so that our schedule will not be clogged up in the future.
Focus more with the Pomodoro technique
The main principle behind this technique is to break your work time into 25-minute intervals with short breaks of 3 to 10 minutes in between. This technique helps us fully concentrate on the task at hand, especially when we are so often distracted by many things nowadays.
Save time with visual book summaries
Productivity Game is a great collection of short videos which perfectly summarise books with various topics. Whereas these books normally take you weeks to finish, Productivity Game lets you get hold of the books’ most important insights with only around 20 minutes. These videos are also presented in a visually attractive way, making it much easier to follow.
Have you tried any of these methods before? Were they effective? Don’t hesitate to comment your experience below!