Productivity hacks for maximising time

Uni life is busy – classes, assignments, extracurricular activities, and social events. In this blog post, let’s delve into productivity and outline some of the hacks to help you make the most of your study time.

1. Understand your biological clock

Productivity isn't one-size-fits-all; it depends on your individual circadian rhythm. Identify your peak energy hours, often referred to as your "biological prime time," and schedule your most challenging tasks during these periods. This ensures you tackle complex material when your brain is at its sharpest.

2. The Pomodoro Technique

One of the most popular productivity methods is the Pomodoro Technique. It involves working for 25 minutes (a Pomodoro) and then taking a 5-minute break. After completing four Pomodoros, take a more extended break of 15-30 minutes. This technique capitalizes on your brain's ability to focus in short bursts while preventing burnout.

3. Active recall and spaced repetition

These two scientifically-proven study techniques can supercharge your learning:

  • Active recall: Instead of passively re-reading your notes, quiz yourself on the material. This forces your brain to actively retrieve information, strengthening memory recall.
  • Spaced repetition: The forgetting curve shows that we forget information quickly if not reviewed. Spaced repetition involves revisiting material at increasing intervals to reinforce learning and retention.

4. Prioritize and time blocking

Use the Eisenhower Matrix to categorize tasks into four quadrants: urgent and important, not urgent but important, urgent but not important, and neither urgent nor important. Focus your energy on important tasks and block specific time slots for them in your schedule to minimize distractions.

5. The power of mindfulness and meditation

Mindfulness and meditation practices have been linked to increased focus and reduced stress. Taking even a few minutes each day to clear your mind can enhance your ability to concentrate during study sessions. The uni wellbeing page has some really easy and effective techniques.

6. Digital detox and distraction management

Digital distractions can be detrimental to productivity. Consider implementing:

  • App blockers: Use apps that temporarily block distracting websites or apps during study periods.
  • Device-free zones: Designate specific areas or times as device-free zones to minimize screen distractions.

Remember, productivity is a skill that develops over time, so the more you practice, the more it forms into an advantageous habit!

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