by Jensen Smith
2. Create your own ritual.
The goal is to get stuff off your plate. Set daily goals, even as simple as creating a new to-do list for the week, so you can create momentum. You will automatically be encouraged to do more when you start crossing items off your list. Believe me, it’s an addictive feeling.
1. Set small daily goals that can be accomplished easily.
More than likely, you’re not reading this blog for pure entertainment purposes. You want to get something out of it. There’s no doubt you’ve read a few (maybe even countless) lists of productivity tips. My goal is to give you actual tactics that have worked for my friends and me through our college years and careers. Get ready for some wisdom.
It’s no secret that people who have routines are more productive. Make it a goal to get up at the same time everyday and kick it off with a routine, whether that be drinking a cup of coffee while watching the morning news or going for a walk to get your blood pumping. End your day with something similar. That way, no matter how your day goes, you have your small rituals to rely on and get you focused again.
3. Get to know the tools.
I’m not talking about the guys at the gym. Know what organizational tools are out there and which ones work best for you. For example, I use an electronic tasking list called Wunderlist. I have it pulled up in my browser at all times and as an app on my phone. Basically, I list out every single thing I have to do and can sort it by due date, priority or alphabetically. But do your own search and test a few. Once you find your favorite tool, you and your new best friend will rule the world.
4. Keep the rest of your life organized.
We’re all bogged down with multiple to-do lists from school to work to life in general. Make sure the small, petty stuff is taken care of before you tackle the big school or work tasks. Clean your room and work space a couple hours a week so the mess doesn’t overwhelm you. Go to the grocery store and get healthy snacks so you don’t make unhealthy food choices. Mark a couple things off your life to-do list like laundry or email organization. This will clear your mind and get you relaxed for a busy week or test schedule.
5. Reward yourself.
I was in college once. I know what it means to study for eight hours straight or bust out a 20-page paper in six hours. In retrospect, I deserved more rewards. I should have spread it out over a couple of days with more naps and Pumpkin Spice Lattes (the non-GMO kind) in between. Or, let yourself have a 30-minute BuzzFeed break – it won’t hurt. It is college, after all. Indulge! Plus, the treats make it a little more tolerable.
6. Sit down and do the darn thing.
Hey, I didn’t promise I’d be nice. Sometimes there are no tips and tricks. You just have to put everything you have into studying, writing, etc. for a couple hours. Chances are, your brain juices will get pumping and you won’t be able to stop the flow. Just give it a try.