For many students, this year has already been a busy one. With classes happening on an accelerated schedule, it seems like just as you’re getting into the swing of things in one quarter, your courses are about to change. On top of classes, the university application season is in full swing for students applying to post-secondary for fall 2021. With this in mind, we’re sharing some of our best tips for increasing productivity.
We’re big goal setters here at Options, but when it comes to setting goals to increase productivity, the smaller the better. Setting small, manageable goals can help you break your big tasks down, which in turn can help you feel less stressed by these tasks. Focus on one goal at a time and check them off as you accomplish them. If you want to learn more about setting goals for productivity, check out our post about it here!
Working for long, uninterrupted periods of time is not necessarily best for our productivity. Instead, give your brain a break every 20-30 minutes, even if it’s just a quick jaunt to the fridge for a snack. Our attention spans have their limits and trying to focus beyond that limit takes a lot of brainpower. Taking a break every so often allows us to focus on what’s really important: the task at hand.
Studies show that sitting for long periods of time is linked to lower productivity and mental well-being at work. The same goes for students, especially students working from home. Simply walking around or trying a few yoga poses can help reduce stress and combat fatigue, which can help to increase your productivity.
Choose a Dedicated Workspace
Whether your classes are online or in-person, choosing a dedicated workspace can help you get things done! Instead of sitting on your bed or couch, which we often associate with leisure time and may find distracting, dedicate a room or surface to work. If you still need help setting up your perfect workspace, check out our post about it here.
Limit Your Distractions
While it might be impossible to completely eliminate distractions, it’s important that you at least try to limit them. Close your door (if you have one), put your phone in another room (and use it only during your breaks), and reduce clutter in your workspace.