Your results are not always determined by the number of your studying hours. Working much does not necessarily mean being more productive. In order to succeed, one must look for the ways to be more efficient rather than spend 10 hours per day at the library/office. Some little tricks may help you achieve greater productivity. Here are several of them.
1. Organize your study place
You will be much more productive if your study place is organized and clean. Keep everything you need for work at hand. Just to make it clear: three dirty mugs, ten USB cables or old sticky notes are unlikely to be in that list. Look around yourself right now. Are you happy with what you see? No? Well, stand up and organize a bit.
2. Manage your anxiety
Exams, tests and different assignments with tight deadlines may make you stressed. Nothing strange about it. To stay productive you must learn to manage your anxiety. Eat well, sleep well, do not forget to exercise and spend time with your beloved ones. Find your ways to relax. You must know what works for you.
3. Learn to say “No”
Can you say a firm “no”? For instance, your classmate asks you to do his part of a team project. Your brother wants you to walk his dog. Your roommate says you will have to clean the bathroom alone (again!). I do not want to say that it is not good to help people. However, being overly nice to someone at the expense of your own well-being will do you no good. Learn to say “NO”!
4. Call people
Chatting and sending emails takes much time. Have you noticed how much more you can discuss during 5 minutes of live conversation as compared to 5 minutes of chatting? Call people! Do not write endless messages when you can just have a short talk. Do not waste your precious time picking up smiley faces.
Walk more. Fresh air and a bit of physical activity will restore your strength. No real reason to go out? Make up one! Go to the store, walk your dog more often or take your player and go jogging.
Multitasking is difficult to manage. There are people around you who can help you or (even better) do the job instead of you. Some say, “if you want to something well, do it yourself.” It is not always true. Do not be afraid to share responsibilities and delegate some of your tasks. After all, overseeing is often better than doing.
7. Do not be afraid to underperform
Some people think that everything they do must be as close to perfection as possible. However, such an approach is highly time-consuming. You may end up wasting a lot of effort on something unimportant. A simple academic example: spending hours on a perfect formative assignment, you are losing time that could be devoted to summative assignment. Do not be afraid to underperform if there is no/little negative impact on your.