With starting my third year at university, I feel like I needed to plan a productive daily routine that would help me balance work, life, university assignments and on the side work experience. After dragging behind in some of my assignments (even though I’m only in week 4) I finally decided Summer was behind me and it was time to get to work. I thought I’d share with you in a short post some things I need in order to have a productive day.
Have an early start
If I don’t already have an early start for work or university then I’d try my best to be up for 9am. I know this can seem a little late but when you’re up for 6am every other day, you need a lie in. On really busy days I’d be up for 8am as I feel I need that extra hour to get things done. This helps give me energy and get things done quicker than usual.
Have a to-do list
Without a to -do list I feel a bit lost with what actually needs doing. What helps is to prioritise tasks, set manageable goals whilst also giving yourself time for breaks. I would rather set myself one or two main goals a day with little ones on the side than list every single goal that needs doing for the week. This is due to the fact that looking at a to-do list that is as long as your arm then chance are you won’t want to tackle it. It helps me get things done which leads to crossed out tasks on my to-do list.
Have time to eat
Now, on a rare occasion I will have a week schedule where I get one whole day without any other commitments. What I tend to forget is when to eat as it has escaped my mind and has been taken over who I need to email and when. If I forget to eat and just snack on junk food I will become tired and go through the rest of the day with my eyes half closed.
When you’re feeling stressed and all you have on your mind is work then you tend to procrastinate. In order to avoid this I don’t allow any breaks until at least one main task is complete. I also leave the TV switched off, social media closed down and my phone out of sight. A clear mind allows you to focus on one task at a time which gets it done quicker.
Do you have any tips on how to have a productive day?