We now move on to one of the most fundamental aspect of increasing productivity: time management. One of the secrets to productive study is to make maximum use of the time you have available, so our next set of tips covers how to manage your time effectively.
1. Set study times
Set aside certain periods of time each day during which you will focus exclusively on studying. For instance, you might decide to get up early and fit in an hour's study before school, and then another hour when you get back from school, and another three in the evening. Draw up a daily timetable for yourself and stick rigidly to the prescribed study times, but don't forget to schedule in breaks as well.
2. Stop procrastinating
We know it's easier said than done, but in order to boost your productivity, you're going to have to stop procrastinating. Don't put off til tomorrow what could be done today; don't think to yourself that you'll just check Facebook one more time before you start studying. Grasp the bull by the horns, implement the Facebook Limiter we mentioned earlier, and force yourself to knuckle down to your work.
3. Don't bite off more than you can chew
Don't try to tackle too much work at once - break work into small, manageable chunks that you can comfortably handle during a particular study session. It's demoralising and overwhelming if you have a huge amount of work sitting in front of you, so break it down into stages - for example, rather than setting yourself an entire essay to research and write in one go, break down the work into the preliminary research and notes, then the actual essay.
4. Don't leave everything until the last minute
Even if you work better under the pressure of a looming deadline, it's never advisable to leave any work until the last minute. Plan to complete work with plenty of time to spare to allow for any unexpected delays, such as taking longer to read something than expected, or longer to understand it. Finishing in plenty of time also then frees up more time for working on other things.
5. Work while you're commuting
If you have a commute to school or university, make the most of your travel time by listening to audiobooks, or reading while on the train or bus. Not only will this heighten your exposure to the things you're studying, but it will also help you absorb more information that will be of use when you come to sit down for a proper study session.
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