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Productivity Guide

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

Productivity is often defined as a measure of efficiency of a person completing a task. As university students it is important to manage our time and efficiency, make wise smart choices and be truly productive with our academic work and extra curriculars.

Take stock and action with what goals and tasks you want to achieve in the short term and long term. There are many ways to increase your productivity; the key part is choosing the ones that suit you and help you achieve your goals.

As Ryan Serhant says, you are your own CEO of time, ‘Every day you have 1440 minutes. Minutes are your dollars. Invest your time wisely.’

Some Productivity Hacks

1. Get started and make the first step

2. Write an achievable to do-list at the start of the week or each day or prep the night before

3. Prioritise your tasks

4. When commuting disconnect from Wi-Fi and use this time for yourself to email, listen to a podcast, read

5. In the morning, have a phone free hour, takeaway that phone glare and use your morning to be productive and set yourself up for a great day

6. Your phone can be your greatest enemy, put it on aeroplane mode or hidden away in a draw to truly focus

7. Only keep essential apps open and use try use the downtime feature on your phone or put phone on do not disturb mode

8. Close non-essential tabs on your laptop or computer

9. Work in a dedicated working space

10. If music is not a distraction play a fun/chilled instrumental playlist while working or completing tasks

11. Manage your energy, get a feel for what times of the day you work best and when you feel you thrive the most

12. Controversial: work in a cool space, focus on your mind and body hot temperatures could make you feel tired

13. Take breaks, if you burn yourself out or look at your screen to the point of exhaustion then this can be counterproductive for your health and future goal-achieving

14. Be consistent with your habits

15. Allocate time for non-urgent activities to rest, see a friend, eat some food, exercise- do things that makes your feel good

Managing your time is a process and requires patience. Some days will be better than others, but everyone has the potential to be productive and achieve their goals when you set your mind to it.

By Bethan Richards

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