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The school year begins in August for most students. Each student anticipating doing better this year, because last years’ grades… well they told a different story.
With roughly 2 million blogs being posted a day, we search for a remedy to help us take control of our academic lives. There are countless articles focused on creating schedules, utilizing agendas or resting 8 hours a day (with college schedules, this one can prove more difficult).
These sites fail to tell us occasionally that most time management tips only work for disciplined folks; their listed steps are hard pills to swallow for easily distracted students like us.
I will share 4 tips for those who cannot operate an agenda and tend to wake up in the morning with no clue of ‘where to start.’
Step 1 | Mute Social Media
Ever woke up in the morning felling groggy (not froggy)? Your plush bed feels like heaven and you are still tired.
I can’t blame you, because I have been in that position too. I sluggishly try to climb out of my bed, so I start swiping through Instagram for an energy boost.
Then, before I know it an hour has passed, I am more exhausted than when I woke up. Now I am mentally exhausted, but physically awake.
When you wake up to browse social media, you open your mind to potentially receiving negative information, before your natural willpower has time to charge up. This could alter your mood for the entire day, sabotaging your productivity.
Furthermore, avoid using social media when you are focused on completing tasks. It is one of the most distracting platforms that can hinder your results.
According to study done by EAB, at-least 70% of students use their phones in the classroom for social media purposes.
Mute your social media notifications before bedtime or anytime you intend to be productive. The less distracted you are, the more equipped you will be to remain focus on tasks and have them completed.
Step 2 | Take Measured Breaks
Ever had a study buddy who appeared to study forever? You think to yourself, “if I don’t study as long as she does, I will fail my exam.” So now you are studying at her pace, but you are retaining less information.
As you start to compare your study habits to a friend, any information you would have retained starts to fizzle away, your brain is frying.
Remember we all learn and study differently. Sure, there are study habits you want to adopt, but ensure it is within reason.
Set 5, 10, 20- or 30-minute breaks throughout your study session.
Listen to music or watch a funny video to alleviate stress. Mediate or nap to refresh your brain. Converse with a friend or study partner to take a mental break. Just remember this is a study break, so do not extend it for hours, it will be a tedious task to resume where you left off.
Step 3 | Learn to say No
You and I both know college is for the “college experience.” However, what is important to you will determine your actual college experience. Will you go to every party for the term, or will you ditch your friends and study?
Do not get me wrong, go out and some have fun. However, if you have multiple college friends and they all insist that you join them one weekend or the other, learn to say no.
If you accept every invitation, you may find yourself burnt out, hungover and high from the party life. Then, every college assignment and upcoming test will feel like the greatest burden on your shoulders.
“Why did I choose to go back to school after escaping high school? Why oh why?”
Remember, saying no does not describe you as a party pooper, or being ‘lame’. If you struggle with peer pressure, reassure yourself that saying no this time will save you from poor grades, additional stress and unnecessarily dreadful hangovers for tomorrow’s 8 am class.
Step 4| Find a study spot
Ever decided to study in your bedroom, for convenience?
Studying in the bedroom is like flashing your wallet/purse in a dark alleyway with a bullseye on your back; you are waiting to be robbed. Point blank; ‘periodt.’
Best advice, finding the right study spot where you can study proactively.
For the rare unicorns who have mastered this atrocity, hats off to them. To all whom I am advising, stay away. If your main goal is to study for that exam or complete a 10-page essay, avoid the bedroom at all cost.
Here are some common mistakes you will make if you study in the bedroom:
- You will fall asleep without knowing it
- You will decide to binge watch the newest season of Stranger Things
- You will accept spontaneous invitations with little consideration
- You will become more easily distracted by anything
Ever searched google in high hopes to discover a remedy to help you remain organize and take control of your time. However, you realize you are a unique person and these lists do not directly apply to you?
Seek help, mentorship or allow a close friend to hold you accountable. Having someone else watching your back is essential, because now you are not only letting yourself down, but the person willing to help you (I hope you don’t look forward to letting someone down).
Are there any tips and tricks that I am missing? Share them down below, let us help one another manage our time while we improve on our self-development.
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