The Key to Productivity

Maggie Rowton

Productivity is one of the main factors that leads to success in students. Being productive is especially important with the end of the school year approaching; classes are getting harder and more work is being assigned.

However, we’ve all found at one point that it’s hard to stay focused and to stay on task. You may think that being productive means putting in extra work and extra hours, but the key is simply to work smarter. Here are a couple easy tips to help you stay productive the rest of this school year:

  • Limit your distractions. Although the temptation is there to check your phone every couple minutes, avoid being on your phone as much as possible. Keep your phone out of sight when you’re working and put yourself in a quiet environment where you can focus, like the library.
  • Set goals. Know what you want to achieve and how you’re going to achieve it. Before you start a task, think about what result you ultimately want in the end and the steps you need to take to get that result. Creating a schedule may be beneficial for you if you have trouble managing your time.
  • Don’t overwork yourself. If you get tired or frustrated, take a break. You don’t have to work for hours without stopping. This will only make you lose motivation to do your work. It’s important to know your limits and find ways to relieve your stress.
  • Don’t procrastinate. Don’t wait until the last minute to finish your work. Start your work as soon as possible, and set a deadline for when you want it to be complete. If you wait too long, there will be consequences later, and you’ll regret it.
  • Food is fuel, and you need to eat to get energy and strength. Before you start working, try eating foods that are high in protein or caffeinated drinks.

These are just a few ideas to try to help you increase your productivity and stay on task. Everyone is different, so it’s important to  find what works best for you and stick with it. Now is the time to start building good habits or improve on the habits you already have so you can finish off this school year successfully!