Whether it be a co-op, full-time or doing school, working from home is not the easiest thing for some. Your bedroom is your office, and sometimes that promotes more sleeping than working. Check out these three steps for more productive studying while staying safe at home this Winter.
1. Blocking Time
One of the easiest ways to increase your accountability is to write things down that you need to get done and preferably in places where you’ll get notified that you wrote them in the first place. I recommend booking studying/reading time into a calendar of your choice. I think Google calendar is fantastic as it integrates seamlessly with Chrome, and I enjoy the mobile experience. Don’t stop at blocking off your times for studying, be sure to also add in your:
- Class times
- Hangouts with friends
If you only add one thing to your calendar after reading this, try and add in scheduled times to do work as those are the most flexible hours of your day as a student.
2. Get Moving
After reading Screw Being Shy by Mark Metry, it is clear how impactful moving your body is to your physical and mental health. As human beings, we are not designed to be sitting all day long.
An easy way to implement getting yourself off your work chair or the couch during the day is to go for a couple of walks. It takes the average person around 10 minutes to walk 1km, so even infusing your day with 20 or 30 minutes’ worth of walking can go a long way!
Now, this isn’t to say all you should be doing is walking, but for a student’s complicated schedule, some days, this can be all that you have time or energy for; as long as you get some activity, it can promote a much better outlook for yourself.
If nothing else, get out on a couple of walks to clear your mind, and you’ll be far more productive and energized when you return to your work.
3. Build routine
The key to being always productive is building routine into your week. Some questions you can ask yourself are:
- What times of day am I most productive?
- Should I schedule a time to do work directly before or after class?
- What time should I be getting to bed?
- How long can I do school work before I start feeling burnt out?
Once you can answer these questions, it will give you an idea of how you can structure your day to have the best results for your work and overall happiness when working through your courses.
Another great tip is to implement routine into how you study. Some standard advice I’ve heard is the 25/5 or the 60/20 role. You work for 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break and continue on that cycle.
These are just ideas; you can change the work-to-break ratio’s duration to find one that works for you, but consciously figuring out study tips that get you feeling better mentally and physically is the end goal!
- Blocking out time in a calendar for the most flexible hours of your day can help infuse structure and accountability into your week.
- Get out for some walks, or even just 30 seconds of working out in your room throughout the day; your mind will thank you!
- Attempt to build a routine in your day, whether it be a checklist (Microsoft To-Do is unreal), going to bed somewhat early, or implementing a 25-5 rule into your studying
For any mental or physical concerns you may have, check out Laurier’s wellness site. There are a ton of resources for students that are available remotely!