College and school brings to mind images of loose sheets of papers, multiple notebooks, notes scribbled in the margins of a textbook, a flurry of assignments and club activities.
Note taking.Keeping track of deadlines. Following up on assignments. Finishing up project work and the list of academic and extracurricular activities goes on.
Staying organised will not only lower your stress levels, it will also allow you to set goals and aim for good grades across your semester.
How can you stay organised ? How do you make sure that everything gets done? Here is a list I’ve compiled for systems you can use too.
From one student to another.
Let’s begin with Google Sheets. It is the one of the most profoundly simple yet powerful applications I use. It is useful for all your tracking and organising needs. Sheets is useful in keeping track of the various tasks you have for each subject.
Anytime you get assigned a piece of work, need to complete a task for a class or simply need to finish something before the deadline – you simply need to enter it into the sheet. It also allows you to see all your work in one place.
Here’s a free template to help you get started : (Note: Please make a copy)
Day planners help make everything easier and more importantly prevent us from forgetting anything important that’s due for the day. Here is a notion day planner with Kanan boards to make your organisation process easier.
Time is funny.When working on a long boring assignment , it can seem to move very slowly.But when watching your favourite web series….BAM ! There goes 3 hours of your day.
But why does time work like that ? Let me introduce to you Parkinson’s law of time management.It simply states that :
When you give yourself some time to complete a task, it will take that much time. If you give yourself a week to do your assignment – it will take a week. But if you give yourself a deadline of 9 pm later that night , you will put in effort to complete it.
Compare giving yourself a month to finish working on your new business logo vs a Sunday afternoon to sit down and get the same work done. Your work will expand to the time that it is given. When we have a long term project due after a month, we usually don’t begin until the week of the deadline. Since we only feel the pressure of the task when we have less time to work on it.
Northcote Parkinson gave an example in the essay he wrote for the Economist explaining this phenomenon.
As the story goes – a woman has a single task to send a postcard by the end of the day. She spends an hour finding the card, another half hour looking for her glasses, an hour and a half for writing the card and then another 20 minutes deciding on whether to take her umbrella or not. A busy person on the other hand would take less than 15 minutes to get this done. So in the example of the woman , she had a day’s worth of time to get her work done, so she took a day. The busy person , on the other hand only had 15 minutes, so took only 15 minutes to get the task done.
This is the basic principle to getting more done in less time. By setting yourself smarter and more efficient deadlines, you can get all your work done in less time than it would have taken. Set yourself a realistic deadline taking into consideration all aspects of your work. Sometimes you might even catch yourself in a surprise like I did – when it only took me an hour and a half to complete a worksheet which I was sure would take me at least 2 days.
By using this law you can get more work done in less time and create some free time for yourself.
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Ever miss the sounds of the library ?The turning of books?
Miss the sounds of the café ?With people bustling and coffee frothing?
Many people attribute their focus and productivity to the sounds around them. So, during the pandemic ASMR had begun replacing the real-life experience of libraries, cafes and offices. YouTube has been booming with ASMR videos helping people focus, improve productivity and relieve anxiety.
ASMR or autonomous sensory meridian response are a range of sounds and visuals. They range from page turning, to keyboard tapping, pen scratching on paper, crinkling and even rain drops. These ASMR sounds have taken up place in people’s lives even helping some deal with depression and improve productivity.
Although there hasn’t been intensive research on ASMR – a study conducted by the University of Sheffield found that, compared to non-ASMR participants, those who experience ASMR reported increased levels of calmness and decreased levels of stress and sadness.
ASMR may be the technique that people are looking for to become more productive.
For some ASMR is a hindrance – making them lose their focus. But for others it often helps stimulate their creativity helping them get more work done.
So, the next down you sit down to work – try it out and see if it works. If it does, you’re looking towards many focused work sessions
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College and school brings to mind images of loose sheets of papers, multiple notebooks, notes scribbled in the margins of a textbook, a flurry of assignments and club activities. Note taking.Keeping track of deadlines. Following up on assignments. Finishing up project work and the list of academic and extracurricular activities goes on. Staying organised will…
The 20-minute rule is something you will see that students and entrepreneurs all around the world swear by. It’s something that has been gaining importance during the pandemic where everyone is working from home.
Why do people give it so much credit ?And how can it help you deal with the work from home slump?
More importantly- what is it ?
If you’re a student, a business owner ,an entrepreneur or a teacher prepping for online classes – we all face difficulty in getting started with our work.
Schools have shut down. Exams been indefinitely postponed.
Needless to say,motivation – or even the desire to achieve simple tasks in my everyday life have been a tad bit tricky.
Because I would rather watch an episode on Netflix instead of tackling my to do list.
I would rather chill and let the afternoon heat wallow over rather than finish my projects.
The 20-minute rule can help you deal with motivation slumps ,uncertainty and overcome the hurdle to get started.
Let me break it down for you like this:
Is there something you have been putting off for days ?
Let me give you a few examples
Ticking tasks off your to- do list
Finishing an assignment
Cleaning your room
The idea behind this concept this simple.
Set a timer for 20 minutes.
And push yourself to start this one task for just 20 minutes – until the timer goes off.
That’s all .
What this exercise does is that it gives you a starting point.It holds you accountable to your work for 20 mins.
And believe it or not – it’s all you really need
Now this could play out one of three ways
1.You enjoy the task at hand and will continue to do the task long after the timer set off.
2. You realize that this is something you are not interested in.Well in this case just move on to another task.
3.You fail to get started. Don’t lose heart. Instead just reset the timer and start again.
This 20-minute rule is a real breakthrough if you are dealing with motivation slump like I am.
It helps me take back control of my day , beat procrastination and more importantly deal with the uncertainty of the pandemic.
Try the 20 minute rule today.
Let me know in the comments below what you struggle with doing during the pandemic.
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Here in another list series, I give you the 5 must have apps to organize your day and help you be more productive.
An absolute favorite is Notion , an all-in-one workspace that can be used for literally anything.
Write notes, keep track of assignments or even your workout routine for the week.
It has different templates you can download online along with features such as tables, Kanban boards and lists.
I love notion for its simplicity and how it works for just about everyone in all different work ethics.
Hands down this is my all-time fav.
A very handy app to jot down tasks on the go and seamlessly syncs to all your devices.
2 things I love about the app –
The todoist phone widget feature which allows me to dot down tasks even from my home screen
And I can add sections in my inbox or even create projects to keep track of tasks in different categories like school, assignments, household chores etc.
The all-in-one calendar that is perfect for managing your events no matter how small or big. I use this as my Master planning board. It’s perfect for tracking assignments, deadlines, classes, workshops, webinars and even habit tracking.
CHECKER PLUS FOR GOOGLE CALENDER
This app has both a paid and free version.
The app has a very nifty purpose – for all your google calendar events it sends you a pop-up notification with a bell sound at the time it has been set to.
Works like a charm and notifies me of events when my calendar isn’t open.
This is a quick notes app I use, specially since I never have any pen and paper on me. This is app is perfect for jotting thoughts and ideas on the go.
This is a google extension that I use to store all my research or articles .
I use this as my reading list for articles, websites and videos I want to come back to later.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Perfectionism is destroying your productivity-Thomas Frank
I really enjoyed watching this video and I gained a few insights to incorporate into my daily functioning.
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