How College Students Can Boost Their Productivity

How College Students Can Boost Their Productivity
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    Productivity is something that you need to think about for your whole life once you finish your studies, and it's a good idea to start while you are still in college.

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For the first time, you will have big projects with big deadlines to tackle, and you’ll have to take charge of your own schedule to get there. These tips will help you to turn in those college assignments on time by ensuring that you are as productive as possible while you work on them.

Drink More Water

The more hydrated you are, the more productive you will be. This may be especially pertinent for college students, who could end up more dehydrated than they think thanks to the effects of alcohol. Make sure that you have a bottle of water on hand whenever you are studying, so you don’t get dehydrated at all.

When you are dehydrated, you will suffer from poor short term memory, lack of motivation, difficulty with comprehending complex tasks, and a loss of concentration. It’s easy to see how that could leave you with poor productivity as well.

Get More Sleep

You may not be surprised to learn that getting a good night’s sleep helps you to be more productive. The amount of sleep you need to function at your best is thought to change depending on your age: for teenagers, roughly 8 to 10 hours is needed, while young adults need around 7 hours. This means college students could need 7, 8, or 9 hours depending on their personal development.
The more rested you are, the better your memory will function. You will also be able to perform better without tiredness, headaches, aches and pains, and other symptoms of fatigue. This will increase your productivity and get you working at your best.

Eat Better Snacks

The food you eat also has a bearing on your productivity – particularly what you eat, and when. It’s important to keep your blood sugar up, get a good balance of the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy brain, and also stave hunger off.

You won’t get anywhere with greasy burgers and last night’s pizza. To truly raise your productivity, you need healthy snacks such as bananas, carrot sticks, and so on. Try to focus on foods which also have brain-boosting properties, and you will get a lot further.

Take Regular Breaks

You might not believe it at first, but it turns out that stopping regularly can help you to get more done. It sounds crazy, but it’s true. Scientists now believe that we shouldn’t be working for any longer than 15 minutes at a time before taking a short break. Although that break may only consist of a minute or so, it will help your brain to relax and refresh before diving right in.

Try setting a timer on your phone and taking a minute every time it goes off. Stand up from your desk and stretch, check your notifications (quickly), play a short game, or simply stare out of the window for a moment. This will help you to concentrate much better when you do get back to it. Try it a few times, and you will soon realise that after 15 minutes, your focus starts to wane anyway. All you’re doing is giving yourself the chance to start focusing again sooner by interrupting the cycle.

These tips will make your productivity levels much higher, which is good news for your college assignments and any exam study you may need to be. It will also make you an important asset for an employer in the future!

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