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Top tips for being more productive

By UALWellbeingReps 03 Apr 2019

*This article was brought to you by Eleanor Rockett, Wellbeing Rep at The Costume Store*

Being productive and organised is incredibly important at university as you will have to balance deadlines, your social life, working, travelling, relationships, living alone and more every single day. Productivity is essential to keep yourself achieving your goals. However, it is one of those things that can be easier said than done. 

Here’s 9 simple, easy to follow tips for being more productive every day:  

  • P – PLAN: Write a to-do-list for the next day before you go to sleep. Not only can this help you to relax your busy brain before bed, but you can wake up with a plan knowing exactly what you would like to achieve that day. 

  • R – REWARD: Incentivise yourself to be engaged with your work by setting rewards for finishing sections of your work. This can be as small as a cup of tea and a biscuit for finishing a chapter of a book.  

  • O – ORGANISED: Having a tidy and organised work station or space is essential as it frees up your mind allowing you to be more productive and creative 

  • D – DEADLINES: Breakdown large projects or deadlines into smaller chunks that are more manageable. Set individual deadlines for different sections of these projects to allow you to organise timings and set which aspects have higher priority. 

  • U – UNDERSTAND: Understanding how your work is important to your productivity level. Try not to multitask focus on one task at a time and when the first is finished you can move on to the second.  

  • – TIME: When setting deadlines for tasks try to overestimate how long it will take to complete them. This will allow you to finish sooner rather than later so you won’t risk missing a crucial deadline.  

  • I – INTERESTED: Attempt the more difficult or tedious tasks when you are personally more motivated. Some people are more motivated first thing in the morning or straight after a coffee whereas others are night owls! 

  • – VENUE: If you’re lacking the motivation to get work finished, try changing venues. This can include anything from taking your laptop to a park bench or coffee shop to working in the kitchen or library.  

  • E – ENGAGEMENT:  There are lots of small things that can keep you engaged and focused on your work. Drinking plenty of water is critical to staying engrossed in your work. Listening to music or a podcast can also help you stay focused.  

If you want to speak to a Wellbeing Rep about any of the points in the article email and quote your hall in the subject line.