Be Organised and Create a Routine
First, before delving in, it is important to schedule time for yourself to do some planning. There’s a reason people use the cliché: failing to plan, is planning to fail. In order to be organised and create a routine, one needs to plan ahead. Keep your notes, assignments, desk, and especially your calendar organised. By setting up a master calendar with all your due dates, you’ll keep better track about what needs to be done when. From your master calendar, create a to-do list as well as prioritise those tasks. With this calendar and to-do list, keep it ongoing, add and remove as things change. Having things organised means having it under control.
When it comes to organising individual projects, create a project plan, add your items to your to-do list, and work on one thing at a time. Sometimes it is difficult to get into the groove of a project or to simply focus on a singular thing, if this happens, set a timer for 2 – 5 minutes and tell yourself you simply need to focus until the timer goes off. In more cases, after your timer beeps you’re likely to continue working as you have directed your focus and got into the groove – so to speak.
The Benefits of a Routine
When it comes to creating a routine, it is important to know what your productive time zone is – basically what time of day you work best. Work around those few hours to get as much done as possible and completing some of the bigger tasks. Another tip with creating a routine is to schedule time to do things like grocery shopping, finishing the laundry and of course keeping yourself fed. At the end of the day it’s all about helping you to achieve that study goal and laying foundations for your future in the workplace.
It’s important to have a routine and stick to it, as having a routine does have its benefits, for one, you’ll be able to cross more items off of your to-do list. This makes you more efficient, which is the goal of proper time management. Another benefit, which is quite incredible, it lowers your levels of anxiety and stress, which in return aids to keep your mental health stable. A routine further helps to instil good habits and assists you in achieving your goals.
Students also opt to use time management apps. Read more about that here.
Living the Healthy Life
This is an aspect most people struggle to attain, this takes discipline and determination to form healthier habits in order to create a healthier lifestyle.
Oh, glorious food. It’s easy in a busy lifestyle to eat processed foods and especially takeaways, but in order for maximum concentration, it is important to eat balanced and keep hydrated. Yes, it’s not always the easiest to switch that chocolate for an apple, but sometimes it’s needed. Keep that chocolate for a reward after a hard day’s work. With that, it’s also important to ensure you stay hydrated – drink your 2 litres people.
Sleep is needed! Like our bodies need food and water, we also need sleep for both physical energy but at the same time to have clear, vitalised minds. Scheduling sleep into your routine will not only keep you awake, in the long un it will improve the quality of your sleep as well. Who doesn’t appreciate a good night’s sleep?
Another important factor is one of movement. Just like eating proper meals, exercise seems gruelling to people as well. As with routines, it’s beneficial to exercise, as it clears your head, releases endorphins and keeps your body strong. This doesn’t mean you need to run 10km each day, just 20 -30 minutes of getting your heartrate up – be it in the gym, dancing or a stroll outside.
Thou shalt avoid procrastination at all cost. At the end of the day the main source of procrastination is distraction – what better way to finish work than by eliminating distractions? The easiest way to do this is to remove all distractions from the room you’re studying and working in. Usually this includes laptops as well, but we all know in this century most things work related does happen digitally. Some easier ways to avoid distractions are to remove them from your desk, switch off notifications and also mute group chats. Don’t think digital is the only distraction, friends can do the same – which is why it’s important to learn to say no. It’s hard, feels stupid to say no to happy hour but your future graduated-self will thank you.