As a student, you are expected to learn your lessons, finish your assignments and prepare for exams—all at the same time! Sure, it sounds rather stressful. But this is what typically forms a major part of a student’s life. In the current scenario, it is even more important to keep the productivity levels at an all-time high, given the amount of energy a student wastes on smartphones, tablets and laptops—and that also, not studying!
Team Oust decodes impressive tips (on being productive) from people who have made a mark for themselves in their respective fields. Read on to boost your output:
Julien Smith, Author
“Get a reminder app for everything. Do not trust your own brain for your memory”.
Students, it’s the age of technology. So, don’t waste your time playing Temple Run or Whatsapping your friends. Make use of apps that will help you structure your days better. “To Do Reminder” and “Remind Me” are some of the popular apps you can use to remind yourself of exams, submission dates and even tuition classes! On the other hand, don’t forget to write or doodle notes or draw charts—if you are studying or sitting in a lecture. You have to optimize your efforts to maximize your output!
Steven Corona, former CTO, Twitpic
“Write down anything that distracts you—Google searches, random thoughts, new ideas, whatever. The point is if you write them down, they’ll stop bubbling up when you’re in the zone.”
Let’s face it—writing does help. Whether you put something on a piece of paper in the form of words or a drawing, it will help you structure your thoughts well. You will not get distracted. Your mind will get untangled. A clear head means you will focus better and get things work done!
Jason Cohen, Founder, WPEngine
“Only ever work on the thing that will have the biggest impact.”
The point is to be clear in your head about what you plan to achieve in the entire day. Whether it is attending a Math lecture or taking up 3 quizzes back-to-back on www.oustme.com, plan everything in advance. It will help you achieve more than you’ll realize!
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
This means you have to experiment with many modes of learning—MOOCs, educational apps, membership-only websites, online streaming channels and forums— there are so many ways to gain information. Hence, it is essential to make the most of the never-ending pool of sources to understand every concept, subject or even a line properly! If you do that, you will retain the information for a longer period of time.
“Doing is better than perfect.”
It’s in your hands to make the most of the time. The key is to never procrastinate. You have to look for ways through which you can always excel in academics. Study while you’re on the move with apps such as Oust or switch study places frequently to save yourself from boredom. Keep doing, keep learning and never stop.
Productivity goals achieved!
So which tip inspired you the most? Drop in your comments.