These hacks would also be useful to any young professionals!
Whether it’s making a to-do list or using a daily planner, organizing what you have to do in the future (near or far) will help you stay on task. Trying to remember what you have to do off the top of your head is near impossible. From assignments and exams to need-to-run errands, note everything down ahead of time! Consider writing things out on paper or using an app to help you out with proper planning. Not only will you have a visual reminder of what has to be done, Psychology Today says that list making is a good habit that will not only “quell anxiety” but also “breed creativity”
We live in a digital age. There are so many more distractions now than ever before! Difficult as it may, try to keep off social media sites, refrain from excessively checking emails, and stop downloading new apps. In fact, try turning off your smartphone for a set period of time. Or consider working offline completely. Even better, take one day a week where you completely unplug from the world. Not only will you be able to focus better at the tasks at hand, there is strong evidence stating that digital dependence , an epidemic sweeping the globe, has negative effects on memory.
Many people falsely believe that multitasking will help them accomplish more things at once. The American Psychological Association has concluded that multitasking is actually counterproductive. When you’re “multitasking” you’re actually frequently shifting your attention between different things. These shifts detract from your focus and make it harder to finish multiple tasks. You’ll have better results if you concentrate on one thing at a time.
When I was in college, I was a victim of “due later, do later”. I always believed I had more time to do things. Remove the notion of “later” from your head. Start any assignments right away, even if it is that essay due at the end of term. Try to meal prep ahead of time, to cut out the “I don’t know what to eat” debate. Procrastination is the bane of students’ existence. Things always pop up when you least expect them, so do what you can now rather than later.
Nothing is more important than your health. Your body is like a machine, and it only runs best if it’s at 100%. Make sure you’re eating well, not just take out or fast food. Don’t forget to exercise! It will not only maintain your physical health, but your mental health as well. Get enough sleep. Students often try to finish their task at the expense of sleep, but sleeping is essential for healthy brain function. Remember, nothing is worse than studying for finals when you’re sick, tired, or stressed. In fact, research supports the correlation between health and productivity
Another mistake students often make is to cram their schedules full. Taking on too many things at once has many negative effects such as stress, burning out, or the feeling of failure (if one fails to accomplish everything) just to name a few. Treat yourself for a job well done. Take a break from working. Leave time for your friends and family. Don’t forget about your hobbies. Your happiness can have the greatest effect on how productive you are.