Ways to increase productivity

Ways to increase productivity

Productivity is the ability to complete tasks efficiently and consistently. There are many steps students can take to increase their productivity. Here are a few we have gathered:

Wake up at the same time each day

It is important to have a solid sleeping schedule so that you can maintain a healthy routine. Waking up at the same time each day can help you to fall asleep and wake up with ease. Being exhausted when you have an 8-hour school day ahead of you will only hinder your academic performance. Being well-rested allows the body to function properly and as a result, learning ability, focus, and memory are greatly improved and also increase productivity.

Eat breakfast

Often, people jokingly claim that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but studies actually indicate that eating breakfast can give you a mental edge. The simple act of eating a healthy breakfast each morning steadies your blood sugar levels leading to improved focus levels and attention span. Eating a healthy breakfast can assist with brain development and function, which in turn increase productivity.

Take frequent breaks

Working for long periods of time can cause mental fatigue and stress. To maximize efficiency, you should take short breaks that act as a refresher for your brain. When you return to work, your mind will be rejuvenated and you will be able to be more productive.

Don’t try to multitask

The notion that human beings are capable of multitasking is a myth. We cannot use our brains at full capacity on one task at a time much less two simultaneously. In fact, when people attempt to multitask, they end up reducing their potential productivity by nearly 40%. Multitasking divides your attention between two things which causes your focus to bounce back and forth, thus making these tasks more time consuming. So instead of trying to complete two tasks at once, put all of your brainpower towards one task at a time.

Stay organized

A messy workspace can cause more problems than one might think. If you spend 15 minutes just looking for your homework, how did you make productive use of that time? If you deal with a cluttered atmosphere or backpack, the ability of the brain to process and focus on tasks is decreased. Get rid of old papers or items you no longer need to free up space and create an organized workspace for yourself.

Isolate yourself from technological devices

If your phone is right next to you while you’re working, the ringing and buzzing can become a distraction for anyone trying to focus on a task. While working, try to place your phone or device away from you. Another solution is to put your device on the ‘do not disturb’ setting or set limits on the times you’re allowed to be on certain apps.

Use a daily planner

Writing things down, in a planner or digitally, can help you to keep everything organized in your head. Take an extra five minutes each day to write down tasks you need to complete, as well as events, holidays, or anything else that is notable to you. Also, take a second to glance over the next few days to see if you should begin preparing for anything specific. Having a strategic approach and doing a little planning can help you to accomplish more throughout your day.

Get tutoring

Struggling in a class hinders productivity. If you don’t understand the content, it becomes hard to complete class assignments and do well on tests.

That’s where Miles Smart Tutoring comes in. We provide tutoring services in over 40 subjects and offer a flexible, comfortable, and personalized learning environment that caters to the strengths and weaknesses of each student.

Overall, there are many ways to become more productive and take advantage of all 24 hours of your day. Everyone has the same amount of time each day, but it’s what they do with that time that makes them productive or not.