The new year is just about to start and with that comes new
opportunities to make the most of your education – whether that be in the form
of private or public accomplishments/rewards. Here are some things that I do
to take advantage of every second I have.
Keep a planner/bullet journal. This one is a
given, but I feel like not everybody listens when I say that keeping up with
this is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I write down everything that I need to do, regardless
of whether it’s school related or not.
If you know that you need to do it, write it
Keep track of important dates and anything you
Keep it with you so that it’s always there for
When I cross things that I’ve done off I feel so
happy and motivated to do more.
Make lists for everything. This goes with the
first point, but this goes for more random things too. You have a few things
you want to buy? Make a list. You have some ideas for a project? Make a list.
You want something new for your study space? Make a list.
You can compile lists so that they don’t get too
overwhelming or you can keep separate lists for everything to keep yourself
When you make lists, you keep yourself in order.
Organize your lists by priority so that you always
have the most important things in the forefront of your mind.
I can draw little sketches in the margin that
make me laugh so that I’m already in a good mood when focusing on what I need
Use stationary that you like. We all se
studyblrs everywhere using Mildliners and Muji products. While that gives us
all somethings in common, it’s not always practical. Using the products that
you like for x, y, and z reasons will make you happier and more motivated to do
work. If that happens to be the products aforementioned, then use them! The point
is, you do you, and you will be more productive in the long-run.
Have a study space that works for you. You have
to enjoy where you will be for the next eight few hours before you can
start to focus on your work. If you’re not completely comfortable then you won’t
enjoy studying and learning.
Make a space your so you feel more comfortable
and ready to hit the books.
Have a couple of backup spaces for when you’re
not feeling that go-to space. Changing it up once in a while will prevent your
work from feeling like work and help you find that motivation again.
Take breaks every once in a while.
Whether you feel you need them every half-hour
or every three, use them!
Do something productive on your break or don’t –
whatever helps you feel better.
I personally prefer to take a break from one
subject by working on something else that I need to do or eating a small and healthy
snack. By staying productive I feel better when I get back to what I was
originally working on.
However, sometimes I like to catch up on a show I’m
watching or read a couple of chapters from the book I’m reading. Staying
productive can help motivation, but sometimes you just need to do nothing for a
while. And that’s okay.
Set goals for yourself. When you have a goal,
you are more likely to be motivated and stay productive.
Small or large goals, keep them in mind.
Set goals for what you need to do before your
Set goals for the day, week, even month.
Imagine where you want to be by the end of a
certain time period and work towards it.
When you reach your goal, reward yourself! You
Be stern with yourself. You are your biggest
cheerleader, so make sure that you stay on top and finish your tasks. You will
feel better finishing that paper today than you will when you have to finish it
tomorrow. You can do it, so make sure that you do.
Go to sleep early and wake up early. A healthy
sleep schedule is key to motivation and productivity.
Start by waking up early. You will have a longer
day to do what you need to and will feel better when you finish earlier.
When you wake up earlier you will naturally want
to go to sleep earlier. Use this chance to stop staying up all night.
Music can make or break you.
If you prefer to study in silence, then go for
the quietest place you can find. If you prefer listening to music, choose your
Classical music is my go-to, but sometimes I need
faster-paced music to make that twenty-page paper less of a drag. Understand
what you need to finish a certain task without losing concentration or falling
Utilize the studyblr community and others around
you. Personally, I am fairly new to having a studyblr, but I already have made
great strides in my productivity by using the advice and help of others.
Find someone studying similar courses as you. They
can help you understand a certain topic or guide you to a great online resource.
Use the accomplishments of others as your own
motivation to get work done. When you see others succeeding, you will also want
Talk to others when you are feeling down. If
they don’t completely understand, at least they can be a way for you to vent
Get to know others in your class. Having the number
of that nice person that sits next to you in class will really come in handy
when you least expect it. And you can make a friend somewhere along the way.
Remember, you don’t have to utilize everything listed above!
Even using just one or two things will help you be more productive and feel
better. And the best part is that you can change thing to make them fit your
In this year, I hope you all do your best! I would love to
hear from you.
[monday 28/01/17, 12:45]
happy cny everyone!! 新年快乐🎊
haven’t posted any original content in such a long time whoops! but here are the cue cards i used in my english iop last tuesday - admittedly spent longer on them than i should have… ☆彡