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5 productivity hacks to maximise your time

Posted on 05/12/2018 by

Feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Try turning off your social media notifications to free up more precious time.

We all have the same number of hours in a day: it’s what you do with these hours that counts.

If you want to make the most of your time, get more done, and stay on top of your assignments, here are five productivity hacks to try.

1. Turn off notifications on your phone

You make a hot drink, sit at your desk, and just start to study, when your phone beeps. It’s a notification from Facebook. You quickly open your Facebook app to check, then you get distracted by your news feed. Before you know it, 15 minutes have passed by and all you’ve done is watched weird cat videos.

Social media is a huge time waster, but there is a simple solution: turn off all social media notifications on your phone. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.

If phone calls or text messages are distracting, put your phone in ‘Flight Mode’ or ‘Do Not Disturb’. This means you can still use your phone to check the time but you won’t be distracted by incoming messages or calls.

2. Check emails 3 times per day

Are you constantly distracted by your email inbox? Unless you’re waiting for a particular email from a tutor, try to limit checking your emails to three times per day. For example, once in the morning (around 9am), once at lunchtime (12pm) and again in the late afternoon (4pm). Or whatever times suit your schedule.

This means you won’t spend all day getting distracted by emails as they come in, but you will still be able to respond to important emails in a timely manner. If the content of the email is extremely urgent, someone will probably call you.

3. Use the Pomodoro technique

We’ve written about the Pomodoro technique before on this blog: it’s where you use a timer to study in 25-minute bursts. Every 25 minutes you can take a short break (say five minutes). After four Pomodoro bursts, you can take a longer break.

The golden rule of Pomodoro is during the 25-minute burst you must study intently without distractions – no social media, no email, no getting up to make a cup of tea. You can only do things like that during your breaks.

4. Take smart breaks

We all need breaks. But do your breaks from study energise you or make you feel even more exhausted? If you spend your whole study break scrolling social media, you’ll probably feel pretty average when you sit back down to study. But if you go for a walk, cook something delicious, or chat to your best friend on the phone, you’ll probably feel great.

Try to take ‘smart’ breaks throughout the day that lift you up and help you feel motivated. Make your breaks count and you’ll be far more productive in the long run.

5. Break tasks into achievable chunks

Don’t just write ‘study’ on your to-do list. Break your day into specific chunks. For example, 10am-11am: respond to emails and check in with tutors. 11am-12pm: write first draft of assignment. And so on.

This approach will help you feel as though you’re achieving things throughout the day and give you a rush of positive energy and accomplishment each time you tick a task off your to-do list. It will also help you feel less overwhelmed by your assignments and more in control.

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