Hey guys! Welcome back. If you are new here thank you so much for stopping by. If you like what you see please follow for all my other posts. A quick shout out to the followers I have so far. My goal was to have 20 followers by the end of July. And I have 19!!! So thank you all so much for sticking by. Thank you for liking what I post and being so kind. With that being said let’s start our Wednesday off. I’m actually going to have two posts today. My “How to be Productive In College” post that you are currently reading and later I will have one for High School students and my advice to them. So if you are interested in that or know someone who might be just stay tuned because it will be up sometime today. So without further ado, let’s get started with how to be productive in college.
My first tip is find a spot that works for you. Some people work best in the library, some are more comfortable in their dorm room, outside, and some can even get some work done in the dining hall. There really is no right or wrong place as long as it works for you. Find the spot that allows you to be focused and inspired to do your best work and put forth the most effort.
Another thing I would suggest is minimize your day as much as you can. As simple and effortless as this sounds, it can make a huge difference. Write down the 3-5 most important things you have to get done. Get those done and worry about the rest later. Make sure you take care of yourself as well. Because there is no way that you can get the most out of anything if you’re not at your best self. So keep that in mind. Make at least one of the things on this list showering or eating. Just to remind yourself that it is vital to your well-being and crucial to your success.
Planning in college is one of the most important things you can do. If you don’t plan your day, or at least your week, you are more than likely going to forget something. So make a schedule and stick to it. Even if that means you do your homework at the same time everyday, eat at the same time, shower at the same time, workout at the same time. Having a schedule can save your life. I personally keep my own and don’t use an app. But I’m sure there are some great ones out there. If you use an app comment below and let us know what you think. So make a schedule and a to-do list. Schedule your day and make a list of all the things you have to do. Write out all of your assignments, upcoming tests, papers, and anything like that. Having a list you can mark off and see the progress you are making can be so satisfying and encouraging.
I know people say not to take breaks, but honestly I couldn’t function without them. Especially when studying or writing a lengthy paper. Breaks are so essential. I usually go for a walk, but what you do is completely up to you. But when you need it, take a 15 minute break. It will give your mind and body a break. Take breaks as often as you need them. Just make sure you go back and actually finish what you are working on. I would never get anything done if I didn’t rest and take a break.
Adding on to the break thing, get moving. Getting up and stretching or walking around campus can be great. Breathing in some fresh air and moving your body can help you get back to focusing and not daydream as much. Plus, you need exercise anyway.
“A cluttered space makes for a cluttered mind.” I’ve heard this my entire life so I’m not sure who originally said or what the original quote even is. But it’s very true. Work in a clean space. Keep your desk clear and organized. Or go to the library or sit outside. Make sure you have plenty of space to spread out and get to work.
There are morning rays of sunshine and there are night owls. We all work best at different times. Find the time that works best for you and go for it. Like having a specific place, having a specific time is also beneficial. Again this is for you to determine based on who you are. There is no right or wrong time. As long as you are rested and taking care of your body, whenever you finish that paper is totally up to you.
Okay. Time for the next one. Ready? DO NOT MULTITASK!!! Just don’t. Nothing good can come from it. Do one task at a time. Your mind will be less stressed and more focused. Your end result will turn out better. And you will be happier in general. So don’t multitask. Keep it simple. Don’t try to pile it on all at once. Just one thing at a time.
Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. I think that pretty much covers that one.
Moving on, find something that relaxes you. Whether that’s a hobby, a sport, Netflix (my personal go-to), a club. Anything that takes your mind off of your worries and stress. Find something that allows you to be yourself and open your mind a bit. It doesn’t have to be anything new. You can do what you’ve done your whole life. Just anything that will help you and keep you at peace.
I think this was my longest piece ever! But I hope you enjoyed it. Please be sure to like it if you did. Please comment below some of the things you do to be productive even if you’re not in college. I love learning new things and would love to hear some of the ways you are productive. Thank you so much for reading and please follow if you are not already. And I will see you next time.