A student is, by their nature, constantly busy. There’s always too little time and too much studying to do! Fortunately there are ways to get more work done in less time. Here’s how:
1. Make task lists—and order them by priority.
Knowing exactly what needs to be done and in what order will help you focus on the most important tasks first. Plus there’s nothing quite as satisfying as crossing an item off a list.
2. Take breaks.
This seems counterproductive, but it’s really not. Psychologists have shown time and again that taking short breaks while working, even if it’s just getting up for coffee or to look out the window for a few minutes, improves concentration and productivity.
3. Reduce stress.
Spend less time worrying about what you have to do and more time actually doing it. The best way to stress less? Sleep a little more. Eat breakfast. Exercise.
4. Develop a routine.
Do you work best in hour-long chunks followed by short breaks? Do that. Do you like to sleep late but also work late? Do that. It’s all about finding your “butter zone”—the mental space where it’s easier to concentrate and work because you’re doing it on your own terms.
5. Take a nap.
Seriously. Studies show that 20 or 30-minute naps (no longer) taken in the afternoon help accommodate the daytime sleepiness that’s pre-programmed into your biological clock.