5 Ways to Improve Productivity

5 Ways to Improve Productivity

For all you slackers out there.
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College is the most complicated, hectic and best time of your life. However, some tend to lose focus on what we are here for… SCHOOL.

Learning.

Studying a subject that you intend to master and pursue as a career.

Bettering yourself and finding who you truly are…? Rings a bell? Regardless, in such a chaotic time, one needs structure and guidance to succeed. So here are 5 ways one can obtain those skills and become more productive.

1. Planning is Key


Begin every Sunday with an entire week overview.

For every class, extracurricular, job responsibility and you name it, map out your week and your schedule so you begin having a clear focus of what you want to do and what needs to be done.

2. Sleep


If you don’t set aside a reasonable time of sleep then don’t even bother planning. Studies show if a person gets less than 4 hours asleep they are cognitively as coherent as a severely intoxicated person.
Schedule yourself at least 7 hours of sleep, 8 if you can really manage.

3. Wake up early

Starting your day at 11am is a waste of daylight.

Waking up at 6 am is not necessary either but if you can manage to wake up at 8 am and start your day fresh and early then you will find yourself less stressed in the evening and with more time to kill.

4. Physical Activity

Do your best to make time for physical exercise. Your mental state is just as healthy as your physical state. Getting active is a proven stress reliever and will contribute to a clearer and healthier mindset.

For those workaholics who don’t have time to hit the gym, take a walk around campus if you have time or just take a scenic route when walking to class. The outside environment could tremendously help motivate your productivity in other areas of life.

5. Make time for Socializing

Humans need other human connections. Companionship is key and isolating oneself is never the answer.

Giving one the chance to socialize will give the mind and body time to relax and will also allow one to be more productive in the long run.

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Getting Straight A's In College Is Not Worth Failing Your Mental Health

A's are nice, but you are more than a letter.

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The idea of getting an A on every paper, every exam, every assignment, seems great. It can be known as a reassurance of our hard work and dedication to our 4+ classes we attend every single day.

Losing sleep, skipping meals, forgetting to drink water, skipping out on time with friends and family; these are the things that can occur when your letter of an A is what you are living for.

You are worth more than the grade letter, or the GPA number on your transcript.

Listen, don't get me wrong, getting A's and B's definitely is something to feel accomplished for. It is the approval that you did it, you completed your class, and your hard work paid off.

But honey, get some sleep.

Don't lose yourself, don't forget who you are. Grades are important, but the true measurement of self-worth and accomplishment is that you tried your best.

Trying your best, and working hard for your goals is something that is A-worthy.

Reserve time for yourself, for your sanity, your health, your mental health.

At the end of the day, grades might look nice on a piece of paper, but who you are and how you represent yourself can be even more honorable.

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Top Ten Things To Do When Your Power Goes Out (A.K.A. It’s Not Just Sexy Time!!)

This happens a lot to people living in New England, but sometimes we have no clue what to do during those few hours...how about these as options?

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So, there's a massive snowstorm outside and the power has gone out. It's depressing since you were in the middle of your most recent Parks & Rec re-binge session, but exciting at the same time since this is a new experience and adventure for you and your roommates!

...wait, the bathroom isn't working.

This sucks.

Where's the freaking power?!!?

1. Light Some Stuff On Fire

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So, you're going to try and use your phone as a flashlight for the next few hours, but lighting candles would be far more atmospheric and will make everything smell crazy-good. Also, that flashlight light is just harsh. So harsh.

2. Raid the Fridge

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If you don't save it, that ice cream may melt before the Electricity & Power Company's crusaders venture across the land to repair your power lines. It's time to make a feast of everything that may go bad before you get the help you need.

3. Read a Book

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WOAH YEAH I KNOW -- you probably haven't even touched a book in years, but now you have a flashlight and everyone is more bored than the attendants of a financial meeting run by sloths, so this is the perfect time to immerse yourself in a different world.

4. Games!!

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Board games, card games -- there are so many choices. Personally, I like to run a Black Jack table, bidding M&M's and the like (best part is that the House normally wins).

5. Play Hide & Seek

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Shoot, I mean, all the lights are already off -- this is your chance!

6. Tell Spooky Stories

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These can range from the Wolf-Man, to that one Creepypasta you read that one time, to when you forgot to pay your electricity bill...ooOoOoOOOoooo….spoooooooky…...

7. Build a Blanket / Pillow Fort

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Go all out and make it crazy complicated (but don't set anything on fire -- keep that a no-fire-zone).

8. Dance, Dance, Dance

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Plug in your phone and go all-out-rave mode. Strobe those flashlights and get down to business!

9. Straight Up Sleep

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Look, it's been a long life, so why not take a little snooze? You've decided that there's really nothing more interesting to do and you only slept for three hours the night before -- this is honestly the next-best option other than using all those candles to summon Satan.

10. Summon Satan

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I'm not going to tell you how, and the power is out so you can't Google it, soooo….I guess sitting in a circle with an excessive amount of candles and chanting random Latin phrases you heard in Supernatural that one time will do the trick.

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