Coronavirus has impacted everyone’s life, whether working people or students.
Students got displaced from their hostels and schools shut down. They are asked to study from home and complete the curriculum. It gets tough for them who are not used to studying at home, being all around the family. While being with family during this time is a good thing. It can get overwhelming when you don’t get to focus on your studies and just can’t get stuff done.
There are simple study hacks that can help you be productive at home too. These hacks are easy to implement and when followed meticulously, can reap great benefits to you.
1. Clean space
Trick your brain into thinking that you’re still at school, this way you’ll be able to study more efficiently and avoid being lazy. And when we say assign a study space, we do not mean your bed. Studying in bed is not really a good choice. You’ll end up having a nap when you’re supposed to be studying. Assign a study space to yourself, declutter it and make it look like the place you had at your hostel or school (almost). It will stimulate your brain to sit and study like you used to. Make sure the space is always clean. Untidy spaces can hinder your focus and concentration.
2. Turn off distractions
You’re at home, you don’t really have much to do except study, eat and sleep. So it is very normal that you spend more time on social media than your usual routine. It can also mean that you are prone to develop an addiction or have a hard time being away from your phone. This can cause you trouble while studying.
Social networking sites, news apps and all the other apps relevant in your life but takes too much of your time should be turned off or avoided during your study time. You can download any app that can block you from using your phone during your study sessions. There are a plenty of them available online. Eliminating distractions will make you concentrate more and you’ll be able to get more done in a short period of time.
3. Set and Have boundaries
It is important to set boundaries with your family members and make them aware that you need to be given space and time for yourself. You should communicate with them and come up with an agreement about when you would not like to be disturbed. This is better than having any kind of arguments and build up frustrations later. Remember to spend some time with your family too, it will refresh your brain and bring positive vibes for you and your family.
4. Achievable goals
Make a list of tasks you need to do, the night before. Divide your work into small chunks so it is easy to complete. Set goals to complete them. Ensure that the goals are achievable and realistic so that they don’t pile up for the next day. It will only overburden you, which is something you don’t need now. Start with making small milestone and increase them gradually. Making a checklist is also a good idea so you can track your progress.
Studying during this time can be very tough, so be kind to yourself. Reward yourself for every goal or task completed. This will give you the motivation to do more and create a very happy and fun learning environment. Rewards can be anything from your favorite treat to watching a new netflix movie. Allow yourself to make study interesting by adding multiple rewards for each task and a big reward for when you’re done with all the tasks of the day. If you’re a parent, you can adopt this system to get your child to study, it will make the process lot more easier.
6. Time Table or Schedule
When you make a list of tasks, divide them and make a time table or study schedule. This will help in organizing your work, free time and family time. You’ll not get overwhelmed by sitting for long hours and you will be able to have a almost normal routine except the going out part. It’ll be easy for you to cope when all this is over and you can finally go out and socialize. People will certainly have a hard time going back to their normal life when it is safer to go outside.
7. Ask for help
There’s no shame in asking for help and consulting someone. Contact your teachers if they’re available, to help you study effectively at home or when you’re not able to get through a topic. Or just ask them to help you with some extra material. Teachers are doing their best to help the students get appropriate education.
Several universities and schools have also started online classes to assist the students and catch up with the curriculum so that studies are not affected due to this pandemic.This is the time we all need to stick together and be helpful. Don’t forget to thank them for their contribution.
8. Mindful eating
It is very tempting to sit at home and eat all the junk you want without being judged or stopped. But it will also harm your body by making you more lazy and lethargic. Eating too much junk can also weaken your immunity, something which is completely opposite of what we need. Consume healthy food full of nutrients and try to have a balanced diet. Add lot of fruits, juices, green vegetables to your meals. It will help you stay active and focus more on your studies.
9. Take breaks
Studying in sessions with small breaks is a very effective method. This not only helps you concentrate but also eliminates any type of exhaustion by sitting for long hours. Take breaks in between, get up and go for a 5 min walk, get some coffee or something to eat. Relax your muscles and your brain by exercising. You can try the pomodoro method. It has been a great help to people looking for increasing productivity.
If you know any other hack for studying and increasing productivity, feel free to tell us in the comments section below.