Balancing life and school can be challenging for most college students. The time commitment for going to classes, completing class assignments and time for social life can be overwhelming. When you learn to be productive, you will get your assignments done before the deadline and still do a lot of activities that will make a huge difference.
Here are some productive tips you should remember while in college:
Pick the right environment
The place of work matters. With a private room, you can easily shut the door and focus on what you want to do. But if you have a roommate, or live in an apartment or busy dorm, it will be nice to get your things and go to the campus to do the assignment or study. You can also go to the library if you want a more conducive environment.
Work during peak productivity
Find the time when you are more alert and work during this time. Most of us have a body that can easily be tracked. Have a schedule that you can work on homework during the peak hours. Focus and concentration can assist in getting the homework done and in the shortest time.
Start with important items
Assignments should be prioritized in such a way that important tasked come first. If you have a math assignment that is due in three days, start with that before working on the ones that are due in a week.
You can add the assignments on the calendar so that you don’t forget one. You can also set up reminders on the phone so that you can be alerted before the due date.
Start the homework with challenging tasks
You should save easier work for later and start with harder homework first. As you work longer and longer, it can be harder to resist distractions. You can try this and you will never have to worry about too many tasks in a single day.
Group the projects into manageable tasks
You need to break down the projects. You don’t have to complete the entire assignment in a single session. Instead of cramming everything before the due date, you can break the projects into small chunks every day for school. This way you will take a break when you are stuck on a given task and change to another assignment.
When you plan ahead, homework can be completed in two or three days instead of scrambling just minutes to due date.
Mobile and web-based apps can be very helpful. Use to-do and scheduling apps to break down assignments and group projects.
You can use time management apps that help you track productivity so that you can identify and avoid some mistakes. You can also use programs that shut down access to social media network for some time.
Get enough sleep
Get enough sleep if you want productivity. Enough sleep ensures that you have enough energy for the day ahead. You should go to bed at a reasonable time and wake up at a semi-early time.
When you have completed everything on your to-do list and handed in your long-term project or have a productive day, you need to reward yourself for that. You can go for a movie night, dinner with friends, ordering in or a significant night out. You deserve a break.
Have a routine
When you have a daily pattern or routine, you will have many things done as you will be managing time. If you spend two hours a day having everything done, it will help you budget your time to be more productive.
Avoid over planning your day
When you do many things in a day, your work won’t be of good quality. Avoid piling many things for a single day. Ensure that you have done everything ahead of time. If you have a lot of work and you need some help in some tasks, you can get help from professionals.
Talk to professors
Most of the professors are introverts and they may seem that they are easy-to-talk kind of people. But many of them are easy to talk to they will be pleased that you talked to them. Have an appointment with your professors and talk to them.
If it’s possible, read your notes immediately after classes. Rewrite the notes as it will be easier to read and more complete. You will be writing them again but in a thoughtful manner than when you were taking notes.