10 Productivity Tips
1. Plan your day the night before
Make notes of all the things you need to do for the next day and plan out your schedule for the day. Stick to your proposed plan so you finish everything you needed to get done on schedule and you stay on top of your tasks.
2. Prioritise the most important tasks
Do the important tasks first. These are usually the tasks that are the most difficult or take the most effort (and the ones that you would procrastinate the most). You have the most concentration and energy at the start of the day, so you will be more productive in completing those important tasks.
3. Avoid multitasking
Multitasking rarely works – you generally just finish all your tasks in the same amount of time, but the quality of your work won’t be as good. When you multitask your brain keeps shifting between different tasks, and your productivity decreases significantly.
Regularly exercising increases brain function and helps improve your focus for the day. So before you sit down to study, go for a walk for about 30 minutes and you’ll be able to better concentrate on the tasks you need to do.
5. Keep your workspace clean and organised
If you have a messy work area your productivity will inevitably decrease. Organise all of your notes and textbooks and get rid of any unnecessary clutter. You will be able to work more productively if there is no mess to distract you.
6. Take regular breaks
Your brain can only concentrate for so long – make sure you take regular breaks in between your study sessions so you produce high quality work throughout the day. If you study in 6 hour chunks, the work you do will gradually become less efficient. Take a 15 minute break for every hour of study so your brain can relax and re-energise.
7. Eat well and drink plenty of water
Start the day with a wholesome breakfast so that you have the energy to accomplish your day. Snack on healthy foods such as fruit or drink some fruit juices to keep you going through the day. Dehydration will ruin your concentration, so make sure you have a bottle with you on your desk and stay hydrated throughout the day.
8.Get rid of distractions
Turn off all devices that you will be drawn to when you’re studying. Put your phone in another room so you won’t be tempted to check it every now and again. If you need to use your laptop or computer, turn off the wifi or download apps that block distracting websites.
(For some study apps that will help you focus and avoid distractions, check out EIM’s blog post on the best study apps here)
9. Make time for yourself
Make time to spend with your friends or relax by yourself. If you are constantly working, you will quickly lose the motivation to study and everything will become a chore. You need a good balance of study and free time to be able to work both effectively and efficiently throughout the year.
10. Get a good night’s sleep
Sleep plays an important part in memory retention. Your brain works to convert what you studied in the day into your long-term memory. Aim for around 8-9 hours every night, so you feel refreshed every morning and you can work productively throughout the day.