6 Ways to Enhance Productivity in College29 August 2017
There’s a lot to keep track of when you’re a student, between studying, attending classes or labs, writing papers, work or an internship, and keeping up with a social life or family – it can be a stressful juggling act. The most successful students prioritize their education, and managing productivity is an important part of doing so. Not only that, but it can also lead to good habits to bring into the workplace!
Here are some simple tips for how to enhance your productivity and, in turn, improve your college experience:
- Block Out Work Time in Your Calendar
Think of all the instances you might pull up your phone or computer and plop an event into your calendar. It can feel like a week or month fills up so quickly. If you’re trying to manage life away from school as well as prioritize your education, you have to plan ahead. Look ahead at the next month, or maybe an entire semester on your syllabus and block out the time you need to work on projects in advance. This way you won’t put other things into the week you’re supposed to be studying for a big test or churning out a paper on. Maybe you just need to block out weekly or daily times for whatever homework you have that week. This is a crucial key to enhancing your productivity!
- Plan For Deadlines
Similarly, make sure the deadlines of major projects and lab work are on your calendar. Do your best to determine how much time it will take you to complete, and then cushion that with a bit extra. That way, if you get stumped, hit with writer’s block, or something else comes up, you won’t be rushed to get things done.
- Write Outlines
Outlining your work isn’t just for writing a paper, it could even be used to plan work on a project. You’ve probably had some group projects that could have used an outline. It can be especially helpful to write your outline soon after the assignment is introduced so your ideas are fresh in your memory, and it will be easier to revisit when you dive into it later. Particularly in writing, outlines can be helpful to set the course and break the work into manageable segments.
- Make To-Do Lists
This might work for you daily, or on a weekly basis, but to-do lists can help you prioritize everything in your life while going to college. Maybe it’s helpful for you to have a different list for school than for personal life duties such as laundry and grocery shopping. One all-encompassing list may help you know what you’re up against for the day or week. If you’re struggling to harness your motivation, you might decide a mental break from reading is necessary and tackle your grocery trip before the store closes. Checking things off your to-do list can also help you feel accomplished and encourage you to tackle any harder tasks that remain, whether it be laundry or finishing that big paper.
- Keep Time For Non-Studying Tasks
Just as much as you schedule blocks of time for studying, it’s vital to your productivity to leave time open for things not related to school. Give yourself time to watch a movie, read a book for pleasure, or grab a spontaneous meal with a friend. Balancing the amount of thought you give to school with some breaks from thinking about it, is fundamental to preventing burnout. (Yes, we’re telling you to have fun and relax!)
- Reward Yourself!
College can be very challenging. Celebrate the little victories as well as the big ones. Once the projected is presented or the paper is slid under the door, reward yourself. Maybe that means spending some time unwinding like you haven’t in a while, or perhaps you link a big goal with something big you’ve been wanting for some time. No matter what rewarding yourself looks like, make sure it’s not always a grind getting an education.
Getting into a groove and enhancing your productive routines as you begin a new school year or semester is very important to your success and education at PPC! Some simple planning tricks can become habits that help you beyond your education, too.