It’s that time of year, friends! The beginning of the new semester is here (or will be very shortly depending on the school you go to), and it’s time to finally get back to the daily grind. I feel like at the beginning of every semester, I promise myself I’m going to be really productive. Truth is, that doesn’t always happen. I usually start off on a good note, but after a few weeks all my productivity fades.
This semester is going to be different, though. I bought myself a super detailed planner (we’re talkin’ hourly layout, here) and I’m made a lot of goals in hope of doing the best I can! So without further ado, here are 5 ways you can work towards a more productive semester!
Use a planner
The first tip is also the most obvious. It’s so much easier to remember due dates and important events if you have them written down somewhere. Some people like to use e-calendars or reminder apps, but I prefer a hard cover agenda. I currently use The Purposeful Planner, but there are a ton of other options!
Do all required readings before class
If you read everything before class, then you will be fully prepared for any sort of discussion that may happen. You will better grasp the material because you were already exposed to it, and you could impress your professor by answering questions with the information you read. Professors love when their students know the material!
Write your notes as opposed to typing them
Last semester I used my laptop for all my notes. Boy, did that backfire on me! It was so easy to get distracted by social media, my blog, or a whole myriad of other things. I decided that this semester I’m not going to give myself that chance. By writing my notes in a notebook, I eliminate the distraction of technology. It is also proven that physically writing things down helps you to remember them, so that’s very helpful when it comes to studying for tests!
I am a firm believer in breakfast! Not only is breakfast food the best kind of food (bacon and eggs, anyone?), but it also helps your brain get going in the morning! You’ll also be less hungry throughout the day, which can help with your health in general. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone!*
*No birds were harmed in the writing of this post
Don’t do your homework in your bedroom
Let’s face it: your bedroom is filled with distractions. You have your bed (perfect for napping on), probably a TV, and a ton of other things that can grab your attention. Find a place on campus or in town where you can concentrate. It could even be the living room in your apartment! As long as you separate yourself from your personal, relaxing space, you should have a more productive semester!
Anyway, these are my tips to having a more productive semester! To all of you who already graduated, do you have any super awesome tips to share? Let me know in the comments!
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