In today’s digital age, staying on task and avoiding distraction is harder to accomplish than your actual work.
By being productive, not only do you get everything done, but the feeling of achievement can make you feel pretty good!
We have come up with a few tips to help you become more productive so that you can finish your assignments, revise for your exams and still have time to go out with your friends.
Make a list the night before
By making a list the night before, you are mentally prepared for the day ahead. It will also help avoid wasting the next day and you can get started on your tasks straight away.
Make a smaller list
Look at your list and ask yourself: ‘do I really need to do that today?’ Having a long-dreaded list will only discourage you and you are more likely to be demotivated to accomplish your tasks. Make sure your tasks are important and realistic for you to achieve.
Prepare everything the night before
You’ve spilt your coffee, can’t find anything to wear, lost your keys and then realised you’re late. Having a bad morning can kick-start unproductivity and make you feel discouraged. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. If you have a busy day ahead, make sure you prepare everything the evening before; from your outfit, to your breakfast and lunch etc.
Do the hardest task first
Your toughest task is normally the most important task on your list. Make sure you always do them first as the more you delay it the more motivation you will need later on in the day to get it done. After completing your hardest task, you will feel liberated and gain positive energy & momentum to keep doing all your other smaller tasks.
Don’t get distracted
With the modern digital age, it is easier than ever to get distracted so make sure you put your phone away and even block sites such as Facebook and Twitter on your computer until you finish your tasks if you have to.
Do not multi-task
Focus on one activity at a time. If you are doing many things at one time you are more likely to get distracted and instead of trying to finish all of your jobs, you may end up with finishing none.
Give yourself treats
You are more likely to finish your task if you give yourself treats once you finish. It can be anything from a sweet treat, having a short break or just watching another episode of your favourite TV show. By doing this you are subconsciously training your brain to expect rewards once you have finished your task making it more fun and motivational to get through your list of tasks.
Go for a run, do some exercise or just go for a walk outside. By being active you will create explosive energy, renew your focus and multiply your creativity.
Don’t be hard on yourself!
Don’t worry if procrastination hits you as it can happen to all of us. It takes time and discipline to form new habits. Make sure you start small and are realistic about your goals and once you have got into the habit then you can build up.
Let us know how you get on @GranthamCollege, Good Luck!