While working professionals are struggling to keep up their productivity, another group of people is affected by the online world: the college student. This online learning world has taken students out of the traditional structure of education and made them their own caretakers. A recent study by Forbes suggests encouraging news that college students are studying more and keeping their educational processes going.
With the world suddenly going online, being productive at home is extremely critical, especially if you take classes online. You are not alone if you find yourself getting distracted easily, but you can overcome this with a little bit of system and schedule in place.
Productive Routine for College Students
Being at home with nowhere to go is the perfect opportunity to jump into learning. Most students are taking online classes to keep their learning in place. However, it is also the perfect time to get distracted and procrastinate your learning. Therefore, here are 8 college morning routine and online classes productivity tips that you can follow.
1) Have your Study space
Let’s admit that attending your classes from your bed's comfort or in front of the TV just doesn’t work for too long. You’re going to pass out if you keep trying to learn from your bed, especially with a monotonous sound coming from the screen. You need a quiet place to study and keep your focus sharp. Hence, you need your own space where you only study and not do anything else, not Netflix, nor Instagram. It is good to organize this place after classes or at night so that you can have an inviting space in the morning. Moreover, keep your study space away from your bedroom, not to be tempted to lie down on your bed. Ensure you have all these supplies in your study room:
- Snacks (optional)
- Water bottle
It is also essential to design and decorate your workspace (if that’s your style), to stay positive throughout the class. Keep it well-lit and add in a potted plant or a desk lamp. This vibrant ambiance is sure to keep you energetic and improve your productivity while studying.
2) Maintain a Routine
It is pretty tempting to wake up two minutes before your class and attend the lecture in your cozy bed. Alas, that’s also the recipe for losing focus and lowering productivity. It is essential to maintain a productive college morning routine, even if you have to attend classes online. Start your day the usual way: go for a jog, take a cold water shower, grab a healthy breakfast, dress well (but not too well), and sit up for your class. Maintaining a proper routine keeps your energy levels high and increases your mental alertness. Here's how you can go about it:
- Design a schedule according to your needs, and stick to it.
- Reward yourself with anything, on adhering to the schedule.
- Ask someone to ensure you are on track in your schedule.
- Make your schedule aesthetically pleasing, and organized, so that you are more likely to check it out.
3) Rule of three
As a student, overburdening yourself is a big no-no. Follow this simple Rule of Three- make a to-do list of three things, cross each one as you finish, and add another three things - to go low on your burden. This way, you will only have three things to focus on in your task list. Break down large tasks into three smaller tasks, and you will see tremendous growth in your productivity. So, keep your goals in place and celebrate your accomplishments.
4) Eliminate Distractions
Would you be scrolling through your Instagram feed if you were in an actual class? Hope not! Just because you are studying from home and there is no one to watch you does not mean you should distract yourself. Setting your phone aside will keep you more focused and get your work done faster. Here are some fun ways on how you can eliminate distractions:
- Set timers for work and give yourself a 10-minute break every one hour, or a 5-minute break every thirty minutes. This is your time to check your phone, listen to music, or anything you need to do.
- Remove all potential distractions like your iPad, TV, etc.
- Keep your phone on silent mode.
- Put up a DND signboard on your door so
5) Time your Coffee wisely
When you want to begin your online classes by 11 am, you need to charge yourself up between 9:30 am to 10: 30 am to be ready for your class. And that’s why you need to plan your coffee timely. Starting your day with a strong cup of coffee is the best morning routine for college students. Your body produces cortisol in the morning, helping you wake up and stay charged for the day. Moreover, your entire day depends on how you schedule your morning. Here are some fantastic tips to charge up your day by following a healthy morning routine.
6) Get dressed
One of the simplest pleasures of life is to stay in your comfortable and cozy pajamas throughout the day and do all your work like that. However, what are the activities usually associated with pajamas- sleeping, relaxing, and watching TV- none of which promote productivity! When you are attending an online lecture, put on some ‘real’ clothes, and trick your brain into thinking that it’s time to focus. Put on your school uniform or get dressed as are in college; follow your regular college morning routine- it is sure to ace your focus game and improve your learning productivity.
7) Take notes
When studying online, you are probably watching the lecture on your laptop. Unlike a typical classroom setting, you have the convenience of rewind-pause-play the video anytime you like. But, do not let that stop you from taking notes. In fact, try not to take notes on the laptop where the lecture is being streamed, and get hold of the old pen and paper. Your mind is trained to make written notes and improve your learning by default. So, think through the important points of the lecture and write them down. This will help you remember the content better and increase your focus.
8) Update your technology
Technology is your best friend when it comes to online classes. It won’t help you focus if you keep losing your internet connection and disconnecting from your class. Therefore, it is essential to have a stable internet connection and update your existing gadgets and other technology. You need to keep your laptop charged and updated to not struggle with a poor connection in the middle of your class. Moreover, you also need to acquaint yourself with various online platforms and applications that professors use for quizzes and assignments.
Taking these small steps towards being productive while studying online will add to your overall growth. While being an online student, you will miss out on your dorm and best friends, but you do not have to miss out on your learning. Follow these practices to keep yourself sharp and be more productive during your online classes, and take this time to discover yourself. Doing so will not only make you productive but also happy and prepare you for the future.