With most of the world in lock down, many students have been tossed into the world of online lectures, self-guided schedules and pj’s as uniform. Whilst for some people this is the dream, but for others, the ability to stay productive and on top of work is a struggle.
Below are 7 practical productivity hacks for students (and anyone else who needs productivity boost) to supercharge productivity and get sh*t done…
1. Start a Bullet Journal
2. Create Routine
Check out my post on creating your perfect morning routine to get started!
3. Set up your ‘Office’
4. Make a Huge To-Do List
Okay, hear me out on this one. Making a huge to-do list may seem overwhelming at first but it can help to brain dump everything you have to do and want to do into one place. Then when you come to start doing a task, you (hopefully) won’t have 101 things running around your mind. It is easier to be productive when you have a clear plan each day so I suggest using your big to-do list to make smaller task lists for each day. Be careful not to go overboard with tasks you propose to do each day – being productive doesn’t mean getting everything done in one day.
5. Get Rid of Distractions
It’s tempting to sit for hours scrolling through quarantine memes, making tik toks and watching youtube videos but, as you probably know, this isn’t productive. Now, I’m not saying you can’t do any of these things because you most certainly should take breaks (see Tip No.6) but by getting rid of distractions, you will be much more productive. There are many apps you can get to help with this including Freedom and Cold Turkey Blocker. These work by completely blocking access to any websites or apps that you’d find distracting for a set period of time. For those of you who have a little more will power, Forest is a great app which grows trees every time you use it successfully (aka don’t use your phone for a set amount of time).
6. Take Breaks
Burnout is not fun. Believe me, I’ve been there. Working day in, day out can cause physical and emotional exhaustion and can actually be counterproductive. Burnout reduces productivity by reduces your energy and making you feel unmotivated. Taking regular breaks will help this. It is important to refuel and re-hydrate often during the day. Taking a break doesn’t necessarily mean jumping on your phone and scrolling Instagram. A more productive way to use a break would be to do a quick tidy, read a book for pleasure or meditate.
7. Remember: Self Care is Important
Following on from Tip No.6. You may feel obliged to use this new ‘spare’ time to be ultra productive; learn 5 new languages, become an expert gymnast and shift those 5lbs you’ve been wanting to lose. However, it is important to remember that these are very strange and stressful times. Your main priority right now should be looking after your physical and mental health rather than focusing on being productive. Take some time for self-care! Have a lie-in, watch Netflix, have a spa night – looking after your mental well-being is productive
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I hope these productivity hacks help you and dont forget to share this post if you enjoyed it!
Thank you for reading,