Can you believe we’ve already passed half of the year? Sparrow is proud of what we’ve achieved in the first half of 2019, but this time of year is also typically a time when we tend to get a little tired and perhaps lacking the same type of productivity that we had between January and July.
Here are five tips for students (and teachers) to kick-start their productivity and walk into the second half of the year with newfound vigour and enthusiasm.
Assignments usually come with a deadline, by which time the project should be completed. However, it helps to set yourself a few additional deadlines to make sure you get everything done.
First, set out all the tasks that you’ll need to complete within the next two weeks or the next month. Once you know what the deadlines for projects are, you will be able to plan how you’ll need to work to meet them.
Remember to keep a study schedule as well – setting deadlines for mastering some parts of the curriculum during the term will help to ensure that you aren’t swamped when the exams come by.
As soon as you know which projects and assignments are due, you’ll be able to set up a planning schedule to ensure that there’s enough time to complete them.
Doing thorough planning goes a long way in reducing stress and minimising the pressure you may be under when the end of the term or semester arrives.
When we are healthy, we simply work better. Stay healthy by including some light exercise in your planning for the day, week and month. Keeping active is great for our brains and is also a wonderful way to spend your free time.
Pay attention to your meals and try to eat healthy food on a regular basis. In this regard, omega-3 oils (found in things like tuna, sardines, avocados and nuts) are excellent nourishment for the brain. Remember to also include fruits and vegetables on a regular basis, and to try and maintain a balanced diet.
In your planning, try to avoid having to work late into the night. A good and healthy sleep routine is essential for brain health and overall productivity. Experts recommend at least eight hours of sleep a night, whilst students may even need a little more than that.
If you find yourself struggling to wind down at night, try to adopt a sleep routine. By doing activities that make you feel calm, like meditation or reading, and avoiding coffee or tea right before bed, you’ll eventually train your body to get used to bedtime, making it much easier to fall asleep.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Remember to include some time for fun in your schedule. Wind down with activities that you love when you have some time off – that way there’s always something to look forward to when you’re working hard towards your goals.