I hope I am not the only one that feels time slips away so quickly every once and awhile. I put together a few key ways that I am able to remain proactive during my work and long college days. These five steps can be applied whenever you want to make the most out of your time. Be sure to share with me which tip was your favorite in the comments below!
5 KEY TIPS TO BE MORE PROACTIVE
PRIORITIZE – Do the most important tasks first. Make a list and write everything you need to do in order from most important to least important. This way when you’re at the end of your work time you are still able to accomplish your main tasks. Even if they may be your least favorite to do, it is crucial to get those hard tasks out of the way, so you have energy for the less demanding tasks later.
PREPARE – Did you get a full night’s sleep? This is one thing I have trouble keeping up with, but when I do I notice a bold difference in my work. Waking up refreshed and ready for your day will simply help your day as a whole, letting your brain run smoothly and with no hassle.
When you’re ready to start working get everything together that you will need during your work time before you sit down. This way you will not be distracted running across your room for a pencil or a notepad. Another way to be prepared is to fuel-up!
FUEL-UP – You do not want to be dehydrated or have hunger stop you from achieving your goals. Avoid the exhaustion by grabbing a water bottle and keeping it by your side all day, or for however long you are going to be working. Add a boost by having a brain energizing snack! I recommend sticking with healthy foods to avoid the strong decline of energy later if you were going to have a bag of chips.
My Re-Fuel Essentials Include:
Camelbak Eddy Water Bottle
Bananas with JIF Peanut Butter (Protein & potassium filled snack)
Fruit/Yogurt (always a good option)
SET A TIMER – One of my favorite strategies to use if I only have so much time to complete a few tasks and need help staying on track is to set a timer. Depending on how much time you need (5 minutes, 10 minutes, or 30 minutes) keep it simple and set a goal to have done before the timer dings! If it helps, reward yourself with more fruit or something small to continue to motivate yourself to finish all of your goals.
ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS – Now this one may be the hardest of all. I totally understand when you unconsciously reach for your phone and the next thing you know you just spent an hour watching YouTube videos. Well, if you’re going to do that you might as well watch my channel. Hehe. But seriously, if your work isn’t on your phone just turn it off. If you do need it one but don’t want it to distract you put it on silent or airplane mode and set it across the room where you will not be tempted to look at it.
If you are working for a few hours at a time, plan to take a breather and short break for 5-10 minutes every 1.5 – 2 hrs. When you may start to lose some focus or feel unmotivated, this is a beneficial way to reboost. You will be able to feel it out when a good time to step away from whatever you are doing is.
I hope you found this post helpful and feel ready to conquer your next project and all of your goals! For more college motivation and encouragement be sure to read 5 Ways to De-Stress, Desk Organization & Must-Have Supplies, How to Stop Comparing Yourself To Others, and How to Style Your Dorm Room.
Comment your favorite tip below! I’d love to hear from you.
xoxo, Jasmine Grace