Do you think you have problems with time management? Do you feel that you need help with organizing and solving tasks? It wouldn’t hurt when it comes to learning, would it? If so, then this article is for you. Or do you think you are more efficient than anyone? I find it hard to believe that you know every solution here.
Productivity is hard
Do you sometimes feel that the days are passing in vain? Time flies, and you fail to accomplish any critical task by the end of the day – do you? All you do is be lazy, scroll on Instagram, and keep your eyes peeled on YouTube.
I have experienced this several times. It certainly happened to you, whoever you were. Come on, don’t try to sneak in. It doesn’t work out. Recognize and get over it – that’s it. We’re all human; it’s in our genes to be lazy.
It’s scientifically proven after all.
The human brain will favor sedentary activities despite others. Tens of thousands of years of evolution have led to this. Your body seeks to consume as little energy as possible – it’s normal to want to sit on the couch instead of going to the gym.
Anyone can choose to be more productive, whether it’s homework, learning, exercise, or anything else. It’s not as hard as it sounds. Well, now there’s no flower in my ear. But if you can, you can. I assure you!
What should you do? The first thing is to get to work. And stay focused.
I know it’s tempting to watch another clip. Or like a few more posts. But you have to know how to say, “STOP,” otherwise you won’t get anywhere. Once you get to work, make sure you stay focused! For this, prepare a special place to work.
Don’t forget to put everything you need at hand. This way, you make sure you don’t run around the house looking for sheets, ink supplies, or USB sticks in the middle of the project. It’s a discomfort that can make you stop working.
I’ll tell you what I do to be more productive. It’s nothing complicated. It’s hard to implement, though. Here are some universal tips, no matter what task you do!
Make a “TO-DO list.”
What’s that “TO-DO list”? A to-do list. Take a pencil (or a notebook, whatever you want) and write down on a piece of paper (or on the phone) all the things you want to complete that day. Then organize them according to priority and difficulty.
Do you want honest advice? Start with the most challenging tasks and end with the easiest ones – if you do the opposite, you risk not finishing the heavier ones. I’ve had this happen many times – you don’t.
You can make such lists for the next day or an entire week. Hell, if you like to have everything organized, you can make such a list for a whole month!
Napoleon was unique. And you don’t seem to be a relative of his, to be honest.
Don’t do multitasking. It’s an awful way to be effective. Either that or you start several tasks, but you don’t complete any. Multitasking leads to weak attention and low efficiency.
Get rid of distractions
Fuck the phone. Once you’ve had the strength to turn off notifications – or better yet, turn it off – you’re the most successful. And you know it!
Smartphones, video games, and TV are the biggest obstacles. Please get rid of them! Move to another room if you can’t keep them locked while you work. Can’t you do without them? Damn then. If you used the phone or listened to something in the background while you worked, you were 36% less attentive. That’s not good at all!
Give yourself rewards
Did you finish learning that hard lesson in history? Is the math homework ready? Did you manage to write an essay in English? Did you finally finish that long and tedious novel?
Cool! Take a break; you deserve it. And don’t forget to reward yourself.
It may seem doubtful to give yourself a bonus, but it helps you be more efficient. Before you start working, think of a “prize” to benefit from in the end. Whether it’s 30 minutes of relaxation, a few games on an online game, or a sweet snack, the reward at the end helps you finish faster.
Take breaks between tasks
Relax from time to time. This way, you avoid unnecessary headaches. He’s not kidding you, though. Don’t turn the break into a lazy hour!
How to be more productive when you learn
Make schemes. I’m not talking about maneuvers, by the way. I don’t ask you to buy jeans from Turkey and double them on Facebook. I ask you to read the lesson twice and then get the main ideas and crucial information out of it. Put them all on a piece of paper, in a diagram or list. Then remember everything on the list – so make sure you don’t forget your vital information!
Give yourself tests. Yeah, I know, that sounds weird. But it’s not. It’s beneficial, you know. Self-assess yourself: it’s a simple and effective way to learn thoroughly.
3. Learn with someone
Do you think learning is boring? Then try to learn with a friend or colleague. You can check each other or share the information.
4. Explain it to someone else
Try to explain to someone what you have learned. This way, you will better understand the matter. If you have a long and tedious lesson, tell someone. Why does this help you? By telling the task to someone unfamiliar with the information, you will use simpler words. Your brain will seek to simplify the lesson. It’s an excellent trick!
5. Take a nap
After you learn, take a nap. Sleep an hour or 90 minutes during the day after you know. If you do this, the information is better stored in memory. That’s why some learn best in the evening – because in the morning, after a restful sleep, they remember more easily what they remembered.
How to be more productive when doing homework
1. Time yourself
Put on a timer. After 30 or 45 minutes, take a break. This way, you avoid boredom and fatigue. Also, time the breaks to make sure you don’t waste time.
2. Turn off the phone
Or put him in another room. Forget about games and social networking – you have better things to do. The smartphone is the biggest enemy when it comes to productivity!
3. Solve what is difficult first
Don’t leave the most challenging homework for later. Solve it as soon as possible! Otherwise, you risk doing them poorly or not doing them at all. As time goes on, you get more and more tired, so be sure to finish the most challenging homework first! If you do this, in the end, you will have to solve what is more manageable. Even if you are more tired, it will be a breeze because everything more difficult has passed.
4. Use additional materials (NOT your phone)
I know, I know – it’s much faster to use the net to search for information. We all agree with that. But you risk getting on with others. Once you get on the phone, you are tempted to check out games or social media. Come on, don’t say it’s not like that.
Use books, textbooks, or portfolios when doing homework. Searching for information thus retains you faster because you make an effort to search for it. The phone searches faster, but you forget the information as quickly as you found it.
5. Drink water / Eat well
Make sure you are hydrated and have something in your backpack before you get to work. Otherwise, you stop in the middle of work, and that’s not good. Once you stop to eat, you risk taking other breaks or stopping everything from working. It is also scientifically proven that your chances of retaining information effectively decrease significantly if you are dehydrated. Do you not believe me? Google it.
How to be more productive when you need to read
1. Show the book
You don’t feel like reading. You get along with others, and it’s hard to change the activity with a less attractive one: reading. To avoid this, expose the book. Please put it on the desk, in your backpack, or on the bed. It will make it easier for you to start.
2. Take short breaks between chapters
Take 5 or 10-minute breaks between chapters, so you don’t get tired quickly. You think these breaks make you not want to start again. You are right! That’s why you have to time your breaks. Use your phone to set a timer. When time runs out, get your hands on the book!
3. Skip what is not important
Do you think the novel has too many pages? Avoid long descriptions. Skip the paragraphs that you don’t find interesting. Reads the dialogue, usually contains crucial information, and characterizes the characters.
This method kills the charm of reading, but it’s a quick way to read.
Once a few dozen pages, stop reading. Take your eyes off the book and make a brief recap of what you read—this way, the information catches you better. Make a general recap at the end of the book. Sometimes I write a summary of the book in my diary. Maybe it helps you too!
How to be more productive when it comes to exercise
1. Establish a schedule
Make a schedule that you can follow. Do not set unattainable goals. Be realistic and make a program easy enough to follow.
2. Pay the subscription in advance
Pay the subscription for one month. If you don’t feel like going to the gym for your own good, maybe you’re going because it hurts to waste your money. It hurts me to pay for a whole month and go once every five days… so I go much more often if I know I’ve already given the money!
3. Tell someone
Let someone know you’re going to the gym. Tell a friend or family member. Tell him exactly when and for how long. Why? Because you’re going to feel bad if you don’t keep your word!
That’s about it
Ready. No article on productivity can do your job for you. Go to work!