I have always loved studying and learning new things. Recently, I have started a qualification through my workplace and I am loving being a student again. I am surprised how easily I have reverted back to that work and revising mind set. Different to when I was younger I am not just studying, I am working and I am also trying to fit in family friends and blogging. Trying to find the balance can be tricky, but after 3 months of studying so far I think I have been finding the right balance between it all. I thought I would share some useful tips I have been using to help me be as productive and successful as I can.
Plan my day/week with my Happy Planner
To make proper use of my time, I plan my week out using my Happy Planner. This is definitely not an AD but I would highly recommend these planners, it has been so helpful with planning out my weeks. I will write down all my commitments and then schedule in time for studying and for working on my blog. That saying “Failing to plan, is planning to fail” is so true! I try to plan as much as possible to ensure I have the time to fit in studying and to revise. If I don’t plan, I only end up stressing myself out and that means I am not focused.
I always make sure I take breaks especially if I have allocated a block of time to study, this keeps me focused and means I do not start procrastinating and start cleaning something instead because I can’t read another module haha! I’ll either watch some tv or spend some time on my phone catching up on social media. I find I am so much more productive when I work this way.
Set mini goals
I like to set mini goals such as complete one more task and then I can have a break or complete half of the module by the end of today. I like to break big goals down into mini goals to keep me productive and not to feel overwhelmed. They are manageable.
When I am constantly working on an assignment or I have a big work load, I like to take time to treat/reward myself after completing the goals/targets I have set. Rewarding myself can be anything from taking a nice long bath, a face mask or go out with family or friends. Just to remember to take breaks and have some fun, so I have a healthy balance between work and play.
Do what is best for you
Everybody learns differently and so it is important you find the right style that brings out your most productive work. For me, I work best when I am writing down information down, revision cards and mind maps etc. More colour the better, which is where my inner stationery geek comes out and I can use highlighters and different coloured pens.
I hope you have found some of these tips useful too. What are some study tips you would recommend to others? I’d love to hear in the comments.