As a student, it can be tough to stay focused and productive. Between classes, extracurricular activities, and maybe even a part-time job, it can feel like there's just not enough time in the day to get everything done plus watch cat videos on Tik-Tok. Here are a few tips to stay productive:
1. Set a timer for everything. Want to spend 45 minutes studying for your history exam? Set a timer. Want to take a 5-minute break to scroll through Instagram? Set a timer. This will not only help you stay on track, but it'll also make procrastination a lot more exciting.
2. Use a reward system. For every hour of studying you do, treat yourself to something small, like a piece of candy or a quick dance party in your dorm room. By the end of the day, you'll have earned enough rewards to treat yourself to a night out with friends.
3. Make a to-do list, do everything on it, then shred it. There's something satisfying about physically destroying a list of tasks you've completed.
4. Turn off your phone. We know, we know, this one seems impossible and has been said 1 million times. But hear us out: by disconnecting from the outside world for a few hours, you'll be able to focus all of your attention on your work and get more done in less time. Plus, you can always turn your phone back on to check your rewards list and see how close you are to that night out.
5. Procrastinate on your procrastination. If you know you're going to procrastinate anyway, why not procrastinate on your procrastination? Put off watching that episode of your favorite show until you've finished at least one task on your to-do list. This way, you'll still get some work done while satisfying your urge to procrastinate.
At the end of the day, your degree is more important than missing a meme on Instagram - there will always be more memes.
Whether you're using a reward system to motivate yourself, setting timers for everything, or procrastinating on your procrastination, these tips are sure to help you get more done and ace those exams. Happy studying!