Productivity Hacks for Students
One of the best things you can do for your health is to stay productive. It is especially important when you are in school and have many assignments due. Here are some tips that will help make sure you stay on top of all your work, while also taking care of yourself.
Have a routine for the day
One of the best things you can do for your health is to set a routine that will help ensure productivity during each day. Set an alarm on your bedside clock - not your smart phone - that goes off at the same time every morning, even weekends and make sure it's loud enough so you wake up.
Eat the frog
It is a productivity hack that can improve your life. It means you should do the thing you most want to avoid doing - and then get it out of the way early in the day so you have more time for yourself later on. Whatever it is, set yourself a reminder to do it early on in the day and then get it over with so that your other work won't be affected.
Prioritise your work
It can be easy for students to become overwhelmed by the number of tasks they need to complete each week - particularly if there are difficult subjects.
Prioritise what needs to get done first before doing anything else during your study session. This can help with time management so that you know what tasks are most important and need to be done first. It's also a good idea to set realistic goals for yourself because if you set your expectations too high, it can lead to disappointment and stress which is the opposite of what productivity is all about.
You should always try to stay organised with everything that you have going on in your life including school work, extracurricular activities, and your social life. Keep electronic planners like Google Calendar or Evernote to set reminders for yourself on certain days and what tasks need to be done at a specific time so you don't forget. Also use note-taking apps such as Microsoft OneNote which allows you to take notes digitally during class lectures or meetings instead of taking notes on paper. Trello is another resource that is free to set up and use which can be used for class or project management.
Take breaks and stretch
It's easy to get caught up in one task for several hours but it's important not to do this. One of the most important things you need to do when it comes to your productivity level, especially as a student, is take breaks during long study sessions. It can be helpful to set a timer that goes off every 25 minutes so you know it is time to take a break, even if you aren't finished with your work yet.
I know how tempting it can be to put off hard tasks until last minute but it may actually be counterproductive. Sitting down for several hours at a time without stopping can cause problems like eye strain and back pain. Taking a break helps prevent obsessive studying and allows room for lunch, going outside, etc.
Eat healthy foods that will keep you energised
Make sure you eat healthy foods that will help keep your energy levels up during the day. Your brain needs glucose to function which means it's good to eat sugary snacks like fruit or chocolate occasionally but try not to rely on these for too many meals because high sugar content can lead to other health issues. Make sure you eat meals that are high in protein, whole grains, and vegetables which will give your brain the energy it needs to function.
It's also important to stay hydrated with water instead of sugary drinks like soft drink because this can lead to health issues like weight gain and blood sugar spikes.
There are certain foods that can help improve memory or concentration levels like dark chocolate, fish with Omega-three fatty acids (salmon), blueberries, and green tea.
Get enough sleep
Set a good sleep schedule that works for you because it will help your brain retain the information better when you are studying which means less time spent re-reading chapters in books or reviewing material before tests and quizzes. Not getting enough sleep can lead to slower reaction times, poor focus, memory problems and mood swings.
Aim to go to bed at the same time every night. Ensure that you are allowing yourself enough rest before your alarm clock goes off in the morning. I recommend you read this blog for some ideas on how to improve your sleep hygiene.
Students are often faced with the challenge of balancing school, work, and personal life. Managing these responsibilities can be difficult for students who need to study late into the night or early in the morning before class starts. This blog post provides some productivity hacks that may help you increase your overall performance as a student by setting realistic goals, staying organised, taking breaks when needed, maintaining healthy eating habits, and getting enough sleep.
What's one tip from this list that you plan on implementing? Let us know!