By: Lucie Freeman, GWWIB member
With spring break officially over and summer just around the corner, we are so close to the end of the year. There is just that one little thing called finals left. I know it can be difficult to find the motivation to push through, so I have compiled five of my top tips to make your day more productive and stress free.
Make a Playlist
Whenever I am in the need for a little motivation, I can always count on music. Making a playlist with your favorite pump up and chill songs is a sure way to make accomplishing what you need to get done more fun and bearable. I recommend using Spotify because it is free, easy to use, and accessible from all of your devices. If you want to upgrade to Premium to stream your music offline, there is also a student discount that gives you 50%. You can find the link here.
Set Out Your Outfit and Important Things the Night Before
Making sure to set out your clothes, backpack, notes, or any other essentials the night before helps save time and reduce stress in the morning. Not only will you be confident that you have everything needed to succeed throughout the day but you can also be rest assured that there will be no emergency trips back to your dorm room or apartment to get the calculator you forgot for that calculus midterm.
Eat a Hearty Breakfast
People say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it is so true! Food is directly translated by your body into energy and brainpower and without these two things you might find it difficult to reach your maximum productivity. As a college student with a busy schedule, I of all people understand that every extra bit sleep and minute getting ready in the morning is valuable but eating breakfast doesn’t have to take hours. Try something that you can eat while getting ready or on the way out the door like a smoothie or yogurt and granola.
Make A List
Lists are a fantastic tool for prioritizing tasks and visually organizing what you need to accomplish. They have the ability to take a workload that otherwise seems unmanageable and format it in a way that seems less daunting. Making one can be as simple as grabbing a pen and paper and dedicating five minutes to write down everything you need to do that is pertinent and pressing. With a list done, you can see what is the most important and work from there. Plus, who doesn’t like the satisfaction of finally checking off a task you have completed?
Incorporate Breaks for Yourself Throughout the Day
When I have a busy day with lots of work, I’d like to think that I have infinite concentration that will allow me to just power through the day. However, the fact of the matter is that I don’t and thus need to schedule breaks into my schedule to recharge. Scheduling breaks for yourself will also help you achieve more of your daily goals because the time you do spend working will be more productive and focused. Whether it be a quick five-minute stretch or one full hour, allowing yourself to take a step back will allow you to resume work with renewed energy.