How to stay productive at university
So, it’s February, and I figured you would need a little pick-me-up to put you in the right direction. The beginning of the year can seem deflated and flat month after all the festivities, but it’s actually the best time to start fresh. New year, new you, and all that cliche stuff.
Staying productive is the best way to help you stay positive, you’d be surprised how much better you will feel about yourself when you start getting up early every morning, gyming, and taking control of your life.
So, how to start the day!!! It seems like the biggest chore in the world getting up early in the morning, when all you want to do is switch off your alarm, roll over, and put that sleep mask back on. But, honestly, the sooner you get used to getting up early, the easier it will become. One of things that really motivates me, and gets me feeling productive in the morning is either writing lists, or looking over my diary. EVERY student needs a diary I can promise you. It’s funny what a cute bit of stationary can do for the motivational levels. Every morning, either write down the list of things you have to do during that day, for example:
- Healthy food shop
- Write essay
- Read critical article
This will put your day straight, and also helps with organisational skills and time management (skills that are essential for future careers)! Getting to grips with how you work best is so beneficial. For example, when it comes to writing essays, the way I stay productive is doing small amounts of research at a time and then writing about the research I have found. I find that starting your day with the gym is also a massive help. It gets your endorphins going, helping to put you in a better frame of mind for the day. Even if it’s literally just 20 minutes cardio or some yoga-like stretches, anything is better than nothing. The start of the year is the perfect time to make these changes to your lifestyle, and to stick to them!
Keep your university bag packed, preferably see to it the night before. If it’s ready and waiting to go in the morning, it’s one less thing to faff about with. And in your library bag goes food of course!!! Library snacks are also essential to staying productive. Today I took an ecclescake (so random I know), a couscous salad and some rice crispy cake things to the library. It helps break up the long working periods and actually gives me something to look forward to. If you’re like me and look forward to eating, the snacks are essential. It also can save you some cash as multiple coffee breaks can all add up £££.
Sometimes it can be hard forcing yourself out of the lazy rut, but once you’ve started you’ll feel so much more positive about life. It’s that kinda thing where you just need to get the ball rolling, and in the long term you will feel seriously better for it. So, plan your day out, exercise, make yummy snacks, and you’ll be good to go! BUT, it is important to give yourself credit where it’s due. Productivity doesn’t mean getting everything done all at once, all you can do is one thing at a time, and slowly but surely you will get through that list!
It’s the final push now before Summer, so we’re all in it together!! Speak soon, Ames x