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Make a to-do list
Write it down! You’ll know what you want to achieve, what you need to get done. That way you can work task by task and check things off.
- Prioritize and break it down — larger tasks can be extremely overwhelming, so that shit break it down.
- It’s easier to prioritize what to do now vs. later.
- It makes it less daunting, more achievable and manageable.
- Avoid: Overwhelming yourself, don’t stress yourself out about all the things you need to get done. Just write it down and don’t think about it until you’re actually working on it.
Why do you want to do it
What’s the reason behind it? Use it as fuel to motivate you! It’s good to focus on the good feelings when you achieve something, how completing a task makes you feel!
- What are you gaining from it?
- Is it to get the grades you want or require?
- Is it for a career you’re trying to get?
- Give yourself a reason!
- Avoid: Being unrealistic, feeling like you have to be perfect. You just work on being you!
Start with something small
If you’re feeling frozen, start with something small to get the ball rolling!
- Make your bed, have breakfast, check your emails!
- You’ll feel like you’ve already accomplished something and it will give you the boost you need to kickstart on your major tasks!
- Avoid: Getting caught up in all the little things, at some point you have to make the switch — priorities!
Touch it once
Aim to at least touch each task on your list once!
- Take 2 minutes to get started, who knows, once you’ve started you might end up finishing the entire thing!
- At least if you just start it, you’ve already gotten somewhere.
- If you keep doing that, you’ll eventually slowly progress each task!
- Avoid: Only spending the minimum time on all tasks then thinking, ‘oh, I’ve touched each one, I can go have the rest of the day off’… NO! Go back and do it again, and try stick to one for awhile! But don’t forget to take breaks!
Have the correct mindset
Have you ever asked someone ‘how do you find the time to…’, well it’s all about utilizing the time you have.
- Use your time in productive ways — listen to book whilst you shower, revise your notes while you catch up on your favourite tv shows!
- Just do it — just start, once you’ve started you’re halfway there. Plus, you’ll thank yourself later!
- Be easy on yourself — don’t feel bad about yourself, if you’ve procrastinated all day so what. Think of it as you needed some downtime for yourself. Go into tomorrow with goals you want to achieve and if you feel tempted to procrastinate, take a moment to think of why it’s important for you to get it done.
- Make studying fun — treat yourself on your accomplishments, study in groups, listen to music, make your notes look fantastic, just whatever!
- Be optimistic — instead of saying ‘I think and I hope’ say ‘I can and I will’.
- Avoid: All negativity, you don’t need it. You know what you’re capable of so what’s stopping you?
Analyze your lifestyle habits
Look at your lifestyle as a whole. The decisions you’re making can actually affect your productivity level.
- Are you getting enough sleep? This is a MAJOR priority not matter what.
- Try going to sleep earlier and wake up earlier — by getting a good nights sleep you’ll feel refreshed, motivated and like you’re ready to achieve more of your tasks.
- The food you’re eating, water you’re drinking — is there enough nutrients to fuel your body? By fueling your body with good, healthy foods you’ll get good outcomes.
- We need to fuel our bodies so we function properly, don’t become fatigued and are able to excrete all the toxins from our bodies.
- How can you expect your body to be productive for you if you’re not treating it well? Take care of yourself!
- Avoid: Going to sleep late and straining your body. Don’t stay up late on social media, and I know you want to catch up on your fave tv shows but we all know how good sleep is!