IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!
Anybody else know that song? Because I feel like it’s playing on constant repeat inside my head. The end of the year is upon us. It’s a fun and exciting time of year, but is also super stressful. Between the holidays, finals, and work duties piling up, time management becomes more and more critical. Do you want to be that person who is always on top of their game? Check out these 4 tips for maximizing your productivity and getting stuff done!
1. Plan Out Your Day The Night Before
Before you go to bed at night, make a list of all of the tasks you must complete that next day. Rank them from most important to least important and complete them in that order. That way, if for some reason you can’t get them all done, at you’ve at least taken care of the most paramount tasks. Whatever you don’t finish one day gets added to the next day’s task.
2. Take a Break
Yes, I know this one seems counterproductive. How can you get work done if you’re not doing work? Because by taking short breaks (10 – 15 minutes) to take a walk, scroll through social media, or call your parents, you recharge your brain and refresh your mind to do more work. So basically, be more productive by not being productive.
3. Wake up Early
This might be super hard for some of us. But by waking up before the sun, you can potentially add 4 more hours to your day. Go to the gym, run errands, and get a head start on work for the day. Studies have shown that people who get up early are more energetic and take less time to complete tasks. Get ready to rise and shine!!!
4. Change your mindset
Instead of saying “I’ll try to get things done today”, say “I will get things done today”. Hype yourself up! Be your own encouragement. The mind is a powerful force. It can be your foe…or your ally.
5. Take it one step at a time
If you let your mind start racing with all the things you have to do, you’ll get yourself into a bind. Start with your first endeavor and don’t think about anything else you have to do until you finish it. That way you are able to give each task your best effort and your undivided attention.
Written by GUADS staff member Angelina.