Productivity is all about having an effective day. On an effective day, you do things that are important for you and your future. And as students and employees, all we seek is an effective day. I am not fond of forcing myself to sit and study with a mug of coffee on my bedside table. It is scientifically proven that anything that you learn in a rush will soon be forgotten. On the other hand, if you study when you feel motivated to learn something new rather than taking studying as a stressful job that is when you are having a productive session. It does not necessarily have to be an 8-hour long study session. Two hours is enough if you learned something that you are going to remember for a long time. In this article, we are going to talk about 7 study tips to be more productive.
7 Study Tips to be More Productive
The first thing that you are going to do is avoid distractions. I know you are going to sulk and say “huh, I wish it was that was easy”. However, it is easy. The reason why you procrastinate, get distracted, and feel lazy is because that is your comfort zone. When you are well aware of your distractions and you are still letting them win over your time it is all you, and no one else. You cannot blame technology for existing. It is you who is the ‘user’. Keep your phone away, sit on the study table, open any chapter or your notepad and tell yourself that you got this.
Good lighting is not only good for your eyes but also your brain. Try studying at 7 or 8 am by the window it is as refreshing as drinking a good cup of tea. Not only will you feel good about the outside, but also about yourself and the moment. It keeps your brain and eyes calm and inspires positive energy.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is important for your daily life, especially if you are involved in academia. A minimum of 6 hours of sleep is necessary for your brain to function properly. We all have to pull an all-nighter, thrice or more than that each month but after that our brain can’t register a single word. So, you need to make sure that your mind and your body are getting enough rest for you to stay productive.
This is another important thing that you must follow. Starting your day when the sun is not entirely up and checking half of your to-do list before noon feels like nothing but an achievement. Make sure that you start early if you are willing to stay productive for a long period and utilize your entire day.
One of the most important things is to take breaks. I am not asking you to go ahead and follow the Pomodoro technique, where you study for 25 minutes and take a break for 5 minutes. You can just take a break according to your attention span. What I do is, if I am reading a book I think of a page number or a few chapters, once I am done reading up to that page, I take a walk or make myself an iced coffee. Taking breaks is significant if you want to be productive for a long time.
Listen to Music
This does not apply to everyone, including me. I have a huge issue with sound when I am working or studying. If I am studying aloud, my voice should be the only thing reaching my ears. On the other hand, some people feel productive with low beat sounds. It helps them to concentrate well. If you are one of them, make sure to have a playlist or follow a playlist of booktubers or you can find multiple music apps.
I do this all the time. Whenever I have a busy week due to my assignments or upcoming exams, I tend to make a list of things I have to study for 2-3 weeks. If I think I have done enough to get a good percentage I treat myself something based on my savings.
There is a reason why your parents say that all you do is complain. It is because you are in your comfort zone. You are ready to talk about it; you are ready to say how lazy and imperfect you are. But, are you even trying to reach that level of productivity. Are you not one of the millions who are afraid to take one step at a time because in your head you have already made up “what is even the point?” The more you are going to underestimate yourself and demean your efforts, the more you are going to head in the opposite direction of your possible potential. Always remember, the only one who can heal you, motivate you, and inspire you, is you.