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3 (more) reasons to create a study plan

Posted on 13/06/2018 by

A study plan will help you make better use of your time — so you don’t get to the end of the week wondering where all your time went.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog – or a Study From Home student – then you’ll have heard us emphasise the importance of creating a study plan.

And here we are, writing about study plans yet again!

That’s because creating a study plan is one of the most effective ways to enhance your productivity. (If you’re still yet to create one, here is a step-by-step guide).

If you still need convincing that a study plan is worthwhile, here are three more reasons why you should give one a try.

1. Study plans encourage consistency

Consistent action is what will help you achieve your tourism qualification. So how do you show up and do the work?

According to writer James Clear, who writes about habits and decision making, the research suggests having a plan makes all the difference.

“Research has shown that you are 2x to 3x more likely to stick with your habits if you make a specific plan for when, where, and how you will perform the behaviour,” he writes in his recent article, The Scientific Argument for Mastering One Thing at a Time.

In other words: be specific about when, where and how you will study and you will be more likely to get it done.

2. Study plans remove ‘decision fatigue’

When you study from home, it’s up to you to manage your time and create a schedule. Sometimes this can feel overwhelming, leading to what is known as ‘decision fatigue’.

This is what James Clear has to stay about decision fatigue:

“Decision fatigue happens every day in your life… If you have a particularly decision-heavy day at work, then you come home feeling drained. You might want to go to the gym and workout, but your brain would rather default to the easy decision: sit on the couch. That’s decision fatigue,” writes James.

The point is to remove the decision altogether by making the action of studying automatic, so your brain doesn’t exhaust itself weighing up the pros and cons.

3. Study plans help you protect your time

Do you ever get to the end of the week and wonder: “where did all my time go?” It’s so easy to start fresh on a Monday and think that you have plenty of free time, only to get to Sunday evening and feel queasy at how little you achieved.

If you feel like this often, you might need to work on protecting your time. A study plan can help you protect the hours you dedicate to studying. If you’ve clearly marked out the hours you will study on your weekly schedule, you’ll be more likely to focus when the time comes. But if you leave your schedule wide open, it will quickly get filled with less important tasks – like watching television or spending three hours in the supermarket.

A study plan will help you regain a sense of control over your time and encourage you to protect it fiercely, so you don’t get to the end of the week wondering where all the hours went.

Ready to create your study plan? Here is our step-by-step guide for creating one (and sticking to it).

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