It can be all too easy to fall into unhealthy or unproductive traps while at university (and after university, in fact). To help you avoid them, we've come up with some tips to keep your productivity levels high when it really counts.
This is definitely a balancing act, and one you will use throughout your career. It’s ideal if you can crack what works for you as early as possible. Firstly, imagine lectures, seminars etc are your job - you wouldn't skip work just to hang out with friends (er, right?), so why would you skip that midday lecture on Thursday?
Secondly, manage your study time outside of set uni hours. The best way to do this is to create a revision calendar. This way you can set aside the time to complete your assignments while still giving yourself plenty of time to hang out with friends. Thirdly, make the most of the social spaces at iQ - being stuck in your room or the library all day doing revision isn’t fun for anyone. Therefore, even if you’re short on time, set aside some time to meet up with your friends in the social spaces to watch a film, play a game or just have a catch-up.
It might sound like one of those lines your mum used to constantly say, but having a tidy workspace can really make a difference to your productivity. Have a look at some of these tips and tricks for inspiration, and come up with a layout and technique that works for you.
Top tip – set aside 10 minutes every week to get your workspace back in order and file any notes away tidily. Like we do at iQ.
Having a dirty and messy room can affect your productivity and happiness more than you think. A regular vacuuming and dust can make all the difference and means you'll need to do a deep clean less often. Another great idea when you unpack is to put everything in a position that works for you. For example, organising your wardrobe by colour or item of clothing. After a couple of months, once you’re in a routine and used to the space, remember to put aside time to reshuffle your room and put everything back in its perfect location.
Sometimes the smallest changes to your lifestyle can make all the difference. Beauty sleep can often be underestimated and when you’re at university it's easy to get into bad sleeping habits. Remember the optimum amount of sleep is eight hours, this will help you be extra efficient and able to focus more. Eat healthily, get your five a day of fruit and vegetables and make sure you’re eating proper meals, not just a packet of crisps for dinner.
Finally, make sure you get regular exercise into your routine. You can easily incorporate this by walking to uni instead of getting public transport or by joining a sports club - and you'll make new friends at the same time.
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