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How to Stay Productive as a Student

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How to Stay Productive as a Student

Most students measure productivity by how much study they can cram into the smallest period, or how much work they can do in a day, but it's not quite that simple.

Speed is not always productive, and neither is getting burnt out from overworking yourself. Productivity is all about putting the right effort into the right places and the right time. 

So, how can students stay productive? 

Set goals 

If you want to be productive, you're going to want to grab a pen and paper and jot yourself down some to-do lists. Try using a 3 tier system in which you have monthly, weekly, and daily goals that you can tick off as you go along. To-do lists are a great way of prioritizing tasks and staying on track. 

Time table 

One of the hardest parts about being productive as a student is that no one is looking over your shoulder, making sure that you're doing this, or doing that. Creating a timetable can settle you into a routine, and if you know that you have 3 hours of study, followed by a couple hours of relaxation, you will be more inclined to spend those 3 hours of study actually studying. 

Try the 20:5 method

The 20:5 method is excellent for when you have a daunting body of work that you need to do, and you're not sure how exactly you're going to tackle it. 20:5 refers to 20 minutes of action, 5 minutes of break, (optional 15-minute break after every 3 rounds.) This approach to work is great for breaking down a project, and most people find that it helps them to maintain focus and work more efficiently.

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