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Literally do your work as soon as you know it exists. If you get homework, do it during your free or when you get home or on the train if you really want to, on the day you get it. Just got set an assignment? Get the draft done that weekend. It doesn’t have to be amazing and absolutely ready to send in, it just needs to exist. Just got sent an email? Reply when you see it. If you’re not sure how to response to it, write Dear (), leave a gap and then write Regards () and keep that in your drafts. Set a reminder on your computer or write the reminder on a sticky note that you’ve got that sitting in your drafts and you need to send it off in the next 24 hours. Need to clean your room? Don’t spend time thinking or planning how you’re going to clean it or how you’re going to change up the space in the process, just pick stuff up and put it where it should be until everything’s in order. Done. Seriously dude, when a task arises as an issue, tackle it as soon as you realise it exists. Remember, it doesn’t need to be amazing it just needs to be done. So, when the due date of the task creeps closer, you can go back, work with what you have and make it the quality you want it to be. 

15 things students should appreciate

1. the first time you use your new markers and stationary 
2. sitting outside in the sun during a break between classes
3. a good coffee-to-go in your hand during a long lecture at uni
4. unlimited free books in your university library
5. student discount while shopping in many big shops (like forever21)
6. a neatly organized and healthy filled lunchbox, prepared the night before
7. classical music in the background while studying
8. walking through the university hallways surrounded by busy crowds of motivated young people with big dreams
9. being fortunate to be able to study
10. professor’s with quirky personalities and jokes
11. endless possibilities, still waiting in the future
12. cosy study sessions with friends
13. creativity in fashion, food and home decor because of little money
14. sleeping in and spending time at home/in your dorm because you don’t work a full job yet
15. dinner nights that involve cooking with fellow student friends and drinking cheap wine on weekdays 

30 things that you can add to your habit tracker if you are a student

The end of the month is for many of us the perfect time to take out our planners and bullet journals to plan the upcoming month.

Today I want to provide you with ideas for every student’s habit tracker.

You don’t have a habit tracker yet? I highly recommend this productivity tool for you. It can help you to track your current habits and it will help you to establish new habits more easily. Just check Tumblr, Pinterest or Google for some inspiration.

HABIT TRACKER IDEAS FOR STUDENTS

  • Do homework
  • Go to library
  • Digital detox during study session and lecture
  • Successful Pomodoro study session
  • Write essay
  • Accomplish reading assignment
  • Do research
  • Go to class
  • Arrived in class on time
  • Number of questions asked in a lecture (easier: participation at class y/n)
  • Review notes after class
  • Rewrite notes
  • Prepare a presentation
  • Prepare presentation speech
  • Organize folders/binders
  • Write a paragraph for essay
  • Write a summary
  • Write flashcards
  • Save written assignments on external memory/USB/cloud
  • Meetings with study buddy or study group
  • Learn something new
  • Declutter desk space
  • Study to-do list accomplished
  • Do some exercises to test new study material
  • Prepare backpack/bag the night before
  • Number of study breaks taken
  • 8 hours of sleep
  • Go to bed by a certain time
  • Water intake
  • Exercise/sport

Happy planning everyone :)

i’ve been really productive the past few months, which is actually quite rare for me bc i’m a slave to procrastination i get burnt out v easily. this time was a little different, i managed to keep my productivity levels really high for a whole 2 months all the way until exams ended, studying every single day without fail, around 10 hours a day, when i used to only do an average of 3 or 4. so here’s what worked for me and what didn’t!

what works: schedule your day

what happens when ur a virgo studyblr? u plan. i would write out everything i needed to accomplish for the day, the night before, and be really specific about it. i would then plug in the timings, this works for me, but u can choose to put the time in first and plan what u want to do around the time. 

a structured time plan pressures me and i end up getting everything done, especially when i set an alarm on my phone for all the timings!

what does not: cramming a lot of hours into a day

12+ hour work days are ideal, especially when u watch all the ‘study with me: 14 hour work day!’ youtube videos, but they are just tedious and unreasonable. 

let’s face it, even if u do complete one or two long study days, ur just gonna get bored and tired and have no mood to continuing this for a week or more. slow and steady wins the race!

what works: tweaking the pomodoro technique

i hate the pomodoro method. at the 25 minute mark, i’m normally on a roll and super focused on the task; and the 5 minute breaks were too short for me to actually take a break. 

that’s why i tweaked it to 45-minute study sessions with 10-minute breaks, and after 3 study sessions, a 30-minute break. longer study sessions meant i get a break when i really start to get restless, and longer breaks gave me more time to recharge. i suggest tweaking this to match what works for you.

what does not work; doing too many / too little subjects a day

1. u don’t want to cram all the same topics and subjects into one day. ultimately, it’s a choice of spending 8 hours solely on a subject / topic and not touching it for the next few days / weeks, OR doing just 2 or 3 hours of one subject / topic each day over a few days / week

2. just thinking about doing only one subject for a whole day already tires me out. i have tried it, but normally i get so sick and tired of it that after a few hours, i can’t bring myself to focus on it any longer. on the contrary, if i keep switching between subjects, i get super confused because i have to remember too much of very different info. 

what works: leaving the last portion of your day ambiguous 

i like to start and end my days early. but in the process, i found a benefit of ending them early: i end up w a chunk of time at the end where there are two scenarios:

  1. i’m super motivated and want to continue studying
  2. i’m rly tired and cannot bring myself to continue bc i need a break !1!!

surprisingly, option 1 does happen a lot. and i think this is a rly good work-life balance. u don’t get burnt out easily, but from time to time, u get a bonus extra few hours of work done! 

what does not work: forgoing sleep

sleep is so important omg. 3 hours of studying while sleepy = 1 hour of studying when ur refreshed and ur brain’s working. a tired mind is a slow mind, and an awake mind is a fast mind!

do not worry about that rly hard chapter that u must understand and complete! ur mind continue to works even when ur sleeping, i assume bc it’s rewiring and sorting through new information. after waking up, i find myself being able to better remember and understand information that i struggled on the night before!

what works: finding out ur energy levels and use it to ur advantage

some people work best at 6am and can’t focus after 9pm, some people can’t focus before 11am and work best at midnight. take note of and chart ur energy levels throughout the day for about a week or so, are u particularly refreshed in the morning? do u feel urself always dozing off at 4? are u the most productive at night? 

work ur body clock out and work around it! every body functions differently! like in the last point, 3 hours of studying at ur worst energy levels = 1 hour of studying at ur peak energy level! forcing urself to work when ur body refuses to do so will only lead to procrastination. 

i sincerely hope these few tips can help u out w being productive! what are some of the things u do to get shit done? 

do my eyes deceive me or are those….

matching space-themed backpacks?

Forever in our hearts. Happy Birthday Carrie, we miss you. 🌙✨🌟🌹❤️ 

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[10 - 20/100 days of productivity] although i was super productive finishing four assessments in the last few weeks, i didn’t have a chance to take pictures everyday :-( but, i’m on break for a few weeks now and then back in for summer school! lots of organising, internship finding, and random stuff to do!

Ways to ensure you’ll have a productive study session

1. Turn off your phone, and either put it in your desk drawer or in an old pencil case and put that in a different room. Don’t just leave it face down next to you, or turn off do not disturb, just bloody do it I promise you’re not missing out on anything.

2. If you’re revising for a long time, studying without some sort of background music or ambience tends to make you antsy. So if you’re into music, check out the Imitation Game soundtrack on both youtube and spotify, the Theory of Everything Soundtrack, the Harry Potter Soundtrack, Electronic Concentration on Spotify and on Youtube. If you’re not into music, head to ambientmixer.com and find your hogwarts house common room one, and

3. If you’re using your laptop, grab a sticky note and scribble down the main three things you absolutely need to get done during that study session and stick it next to your keyboard so you’re constantly reminded of the fact that you should be doing work. 4. Strongly separate your work time and your chill out time. Figure out how long you can stay focused, and take a break that is lowkey productive and most importantly has its own cutoff point. For example, working out for 15 minutes is a good break because not only are you taking care of your body but the workout will end at some point, especially if you follow along a workout on YouTube or something. And once it’s ended, you’re more likely to actually go back to work.