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College students have a ton of tasks and activities to complete throughout their time at school.  Between a full schedule, clubs, social events, and sports, it can sometimes be difficult to find a steady productivity flow.  For example, you may have every intention of going to study after class, but a social event that you’re excited about came up, and send you a little off track.  Your time at school should have a healthy balance of fun and productivity; however, finding that balance may prove to be somewhat difficult, especially if you’re new to college life.  Consider a few of these hacks to better enhance your productivity during school.

Prioritize by Importance

The best way to make sure you’re being productive is to do your best to prioritize your tasks and commitments by importance.  There are a few different ways you can go about doing this. You can take it day by day, or prioritize your tasks and commitments on a weekly basis, and make edits as you need to.  For example, if you consider prioritizing by the day, write down the top five most important things for you to get done that day. Then, set your goal. If you reach your goal, you know you’re making great progress, and you can move on to the next set of tasks that you have.  Setting a goal for yourself will also help motivate you, and give you something to work towards.

Invest in a Planner and Schedule

Schedule your tasks based on how long each one may take.  If you’re relying on a to-do list, you’re likely to spend too much time on one thing, and not enough on another.  With a schedule, you can block out your time accordingly. A planner is a good way to keep track of your schedule.  While some people prefer an electronic calendar, I find that writing your tasks down in a physical schedule is easier to keep track with, and keeps things fresh in your mind.

Find a Clean & Quiet Work Space

Whether you’re living at school or at home, you may not think keeping a clean room or dorm is important.  However, consider the fact that your room is where you spend a significant amount of time. In many cases, students study, complete homework, and work on projects while in their dorm room.  Having a well-organized space to work in, that’s free of clutter and distractions, is the best way to maintain a higher level of productivity.

Take Needed Breaks

While you may think productivity takes consistent work for hours at a time; the best way to really be as productive as you can is to be aware of when you need to take a break.  Breaks are important, and they’re a great way to refresh your mind and recharge for a few minutes. Whether your break is going for a walk, using your phone or computer, or taking a break with a friend, it’s important to take them frequently and come back to what you’re doing ready to work.