OK, maybe not get your life together… but at least make sure it doesn’t fall apart! Attending class through Zoom and confining us to our homes, COVID-19 is hitting college students at full force. As much as we’d love to simply take it away, we can’t. So, instead, here are five ways to maximize your productivity during this chaotic time in history.
- Preparing Your Workspace
You’re telling me I have to do my work from home? No Better Buzz or Bobby B’s? Yup, that’s right! College students are always on the go, so this might not be your cup of tea, yet. According to this article by Forbes, however, it’s very important to have a clear and defined workspace. One that doesn’t intrude on any family members or roommates you might live with, but also one where they aren’t a distraction to you. If you don’t have an extra stress-free zone of solitude, Forbes suggests “an area with minimum traffic flow or a corner of a room off from the main area.” Time to whip out the essential oils and noise canceling headphones!
2. Make A Schedule
And stick to it! Despite these crazy changes, keeping a routine is still important. Each night before you go to bed, make a to-do list for the next day. What tasks do you want to complete, and at what times? Do you want to write two pages of a research paper? Clean your room? Do an at-home workout? Write your goals down and stick to them! The satisfaction you get crossing a task off your list is unbeatable. This site gives an example of what your block schedule might look like along with a blank, printable template to use.
3. Break Time
Despite how many things might be piling up, it’s crucial you take breaks. According to the lecture “Study Less, Study Smart,” given by psychology professor Dr. Marty Lobdell from Pierce College, students learn best by studying in chunked sessions. Lobdell says your ability to retain information diminishes after about 25 to 30 minutes, so break your studying into multiple, smaller sessions. Then, reward yourself with a fun activity. Now is the perfect time to hone your cooking skills or perfect your dancing for Tik Tok.
4. Gotta favorite playlist?
Have some studying or looming assignments you need to get done? Music can be a huge help getting you in the right headspace, but sometimes, Nicki Ninaj’s “Super Bass” is distracting. Instead, opt for an instrumental playlist. This Spotify playlist, titled “Instrumental Study,” is described as a “soft musical backdrop.” With 254 songs, you’re set for up to 9 hours and 43 minutes.
5. Clean and Declutter
“When our space is a mess, so are we.” At least, that’s what this article from Harvard Business Center says. With online classes, living with family for some, and potential unemployment, we’ve all got enough going on. Don’t let a missing worksheet or calculator be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Tidy your work and living spaces each night and morning for optimum productivity.