Tip #1: Make a schedule
Use a calendar to make sure you remember all your duties for the day. At the beginning of each week plan what you will complete each day specifically. This helps alleviate the stress of seeing 10-12 assignments that need to be done. Check off each assignment once you've completed it.
Schedule alerts on your smartphone to remind you when it’s time to start each new assignment. If you plan on studying, schedule one block of time or break your study sessions up into smaller sessions.
Tip #2: Rid yourself of distractions
Distractions can lead to procrastination. Here is a list of ways to avoid distractions:
Create a dedicated study space
Remove clutter from your study area
Finish short projects quickly
Turn off your smartphone
Disable access to your social media accounts during school or work hours
There are some “access blocking” apps or browser plug-ins to turn-off access to distracting sites. The ones most frequently used are SelfControl and StayFocused.
Tip #3: Prioritize
List the most important tasks first when planning out your schedule. If you set out time to get them done then before other smaller tasks, you could reap the benefits of more relaxation time towards the end of the day. Keep time with family and friends a priority, but be quick to cut out activities like video games or TV shows that are time-wasters. Keep a long-term perspective in view and it will help to make the difficult choices easier.
Tip #4: Study efficiently
It's important to know what type of learner you are so that you can study efficiently. Are you a tactile, visual or auditory learner? Take this test to find out!
Tip #5: Avoid the sofa and bed
Don't sit on the couch or lie in bed until you’ve completed your tasks for the evening. Instead, try to sitting upright in a chair at a desk or table while you study. Your concentration has a better chance of improving when you're studying in the proper position/location.
Tip #6: Work on one thing at a time
Splitting your attention between more than one task isn’t an effective way to learn. Focusing on one task will help you complete it more efficiently and effectively.
Tip #7: Study in shorter bursts
For every 30 minutes of school work, take a short 10-15-minute break to recharge. Your brain is like a muscle, it needs rest after working out. Trying to work on one thing for too long can actually cause your mind to wander more.
Tip #8: Get 8-10 hours of sleep
Getting enough sleep is important to help you recharge your mind and have the energy needed to stay on track the next day. Use your schedule to mark a cut-off time for homework each night as well as a set bedtime.
Tip #9: Focus on the end goal
If you lose sight of what you’re working towards, you won’t stick it out in the short-term, particularly on a day when you “don’t feel like” doing something. Keep the goal in view to help you stay on track! Think through how the task at hand complements your overall goal(s)
✦See: SMART Goal Guide/Example
Tip #10: Stay true to what works for you
As you follow tips 1 thru 9 you will find a “rhythm” or a system that works for you-don’t stray from it! Put these ideas together and you will discover what works for your temperament, personality and make-up. Then determine to follow-through each day to stay on top of all your commitments.