9 Ways to Increase Your Productivity

Sometimes we reach the end of the day and are still swamped with work to finish, which makes tackling college coursework a seemingly impossible task. In some cases, poor time management might be the cause, but there are more factors than the clock that keep us from finishing our daily tasks. If you constantly feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, increase your productivity by following the steps below:

1. What time of day are you most productive? You’ve heard the phrase “I’m not a morning person.” Although it could be an excuse for laziness around sun rise, the phrase may also have some truth behind it. Some people work better late at night, mid afternoon, or early in the morning. Find out when your productivity is at its peak and try to accomplish some of your major tasks and/or assignments during that time period.

2. Take a break. Sometimes you need to re-energize yourself. Working around the clock will drain you and can actually be a counter-productive method of time management. Take a quick walk, go outside and enjoy the sunshine or get up and stretch. Do something to take you away from the work that you are currently occupied with and give your mind a moment to refresh.

3. Tell other people about your goals. Having other people ask you about your progress will compel you to work harder. When more people know your plans, you’re more likely to complete them.

4. Rid yourself of distractions. When studying and completing assignments, especially those that are time sensitive, concentrate and stay focused. It can be tempting to surf the net, answer your cell phone, or keep the television on, but save all of those distractions for the much needed break you take in a few hours.

5. Learn keyboard short cuts. Think about the amount of work you do on your computer. Most of us couldn’t complete our daily tasks without the computer and the Internet. Knowing keyboard shortcuts for different programs may only shave seconds off of one command, but cumulatively, they can potentially save you hours of time.

6. Eat whole grains. Simply put, eating foods that are high in sugar like candy bars and soda can cause a quick energy gain, resulting in a quick energy crash. Consuming whole grains that have complex carbohydrates will provide an even level of blood-glucose, keeping you alert longer.

7. Design and organize your study space. It is important to design your space in a way that you feel comfortable and inspired. Whether it involves adding greenery to the room, painting the walls a soothing color, or putting pictures of your loved ones on your desk, being comfortable is one key to productivity. It also helps to put everything where it belongs, so you can save the time and energy it takes to search for the items you need.

8. “Practice information dieting.” Take in the information that you need to know for the moment and nothing more. Don’t allow yourself to check or respond to your email every time you receive new messages, check the stats of your Web site every two seconds, or read several different newspapers a day. Save yourself the time and the mental energy to complete important coursework and projects.

9. List your tasks. You can never go wrong with creating a to-do list. Listing things that you need to do will not only help you remember, but it will also help you prioritize. Plus, the more items you cross off your to-do list, the more motivated you’ll be to keep working.

The steps above will help you find more time in your day to study and complete your coursework.  Remaining productive and focused will allow you to achieve your goal of earning your degree faster than you expected.