Having work commitments and still fitting in time to study is a challenge, but with the right outlook you’ll be finished your study before you know it and be able to enjoy all the bits in between.
Here are ten ways to handle this hefty workload and still stay productive.
1. Look after yourself
Make sure you get enough sleep each night, choose healthy foods which will nourish your body and try to fit in some exercise each day. You can’t do too much if you don’t have your health, so make this a priority and you’ll be able to accomplish a lot more each day.
2. Plan your assignments
For many, this is easier said than done, but learning to be disciplined and attack assignments early on will take a huge weight off your shoulders when the due date arrives.
When you first receive an assignment take the time to look at the task and plan your approach. Another trick is to change the due date in your diary to a few days before it is actually due; this will give you time to go over what you have done and make sure you’ve completed all the requirements.
3. Be social
You’ve got a lot of things happening, but make sure you set aside time for your friends and family.Having a good chat and a laugh will take your mind off everything you need to do. You’ll also feel refreshed when you go back to work or dive back into your study.
4. Find a study space
Maybe you study best on the desk at home, on the floor in your bedroom or in a little cafe that doesn’t mind you sitting there for a few hours.
Find somewhere that you feel comfortable in, preferably with little distractions. You will be more productive and will probably surprise yourself with how much you get done.
5. Be organised
Make a to-do list each day and prioritise the things which are most important.
Keep a calendar or diary with your commitments scheduled in. Organise your work and study areas so you know where everything is. This will save you a lot of time when you are rushing around searching for those notes or a pen!
6. Enjoy your time off
Make the most of those days when your to-do list is not bulging and the breaks between uni semesters.
Take time out for yourself, round up some mates to hang out with, or plan a trip away to somewhere you’ve always wanted to see.
7. Be time efficient
Find a time when you are most productive and study then.
If you focus better in the mornings get into the routine of going to bed early and waking up early to get things done. If you find you are more productive at night, try to schedule your plans so you can sleep in a little each day.
8. Manage stress
Having too much on your plate can be overwhelming. Make sure you find a way to conquer your stress before it becomes too much to handle.
This can be as simple as having a cup of tea, listening to music or reading a book. Exercise has also been proven to reduce stress; so find a sport to play, go to the gym or get those joggers laced up for a run outside.
9. Remove your phone and social media
These are probably the biggest distractions our generation faces each day.
Having time away from technology can increase your productivity time. Keep your phone in your bag and try to stay off social media websites.
Believe it or not, it is possible to survive without your phone for a few hours; you will have time to catch up on all the updates and everything you’ve missed once you’ve completed your task!
10. Don’t forget why you’re doing it
It could be to get a better job, learn something new or maybe your job requires you to do more study.
Whatever the situation is, remind yourself of why you made the decision to do what you are doing; it will come in handy when everything seems too much.
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