Hey there, first-years!!
It’s that time in the semester. It’s almost mid-terms and you probably have a lot of work to do so… it’s time to be productive. So, let’s do this!
1. Make a To-Do List
At the beginning of your day, set up what you want to get done. Homework assignments? Essay outline? Clean your room? Eat? Put everything on the list, it feel so nice to cross everything off as you go. Even something as simple as “drink three cups of water before lunch” feels so satisfying when you cross it off!
2. Eliminate Distractions
Distractions kill all productivity. Limit yourself to using your phone at certain times. Maybe for five minutes every half an hour, or fifteen minutes every hour in one chunk of time. When you’re not using your phone, put it on silent. Don’t check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media until you’ve finished your current task! Don’t let distractions destroy your productivity!!
3. Set Goals
It’s hard to be productive without end-goals. Perhaps by the end of the day you’d like to catch up on all assignments for a specific class, or you want to finish an essay or midterm. Maybe you want your apartment to be squeaky clean by lunchtime, or you’d like to just feel fulfilled by the end of the day!
4. DON’T MULTITASK!
Multitasking is the second most common thing that kills productivity. It doesn’t work, no matter how good you think you are at multitasking. Even Meryl Streep can’t multitask like she thinks she can. Even Obama isn’t great at multitasking. All it does it split your focus between multiple activities, which isn’t good for anyone or anything!
5. Tackle the Most Important Tasks First!
Setting priority to important tasks is essential. This means that if you fall behind or if you didn’t really calculate how much time you have correctly, you’ll still get the important things done!
6. Treat Yo’ Self
After hard work you deserve a reward. Treat yourself with something nice! Order out for dinner, have some candy, or even set an appointment to get your nails done! Treat. Yo. Self.
7. Work in 45 Minute Intervals
After 45 minutes, take a walk and recharge. Your brain uses more glucose than any other bodily activity. This is why in most clas activities usually last around this time. After 45 minutes or so, have a snack, take a walk, maybe even watch an episode of Bob’s Burger’s– trust me, we won’t judge you.
There you have it! 7 tips for being more productive now… get started and stop by the First Year Experience office if you need help! You can come to our office in Meier Hall 100A, call us at (978) 542 – 2618, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!