Productivity, Organization, and Time-Management
As I write this post I can’t help but think, “Shouldn’t I be studying right now…”
No, seriously.. shouldn’t I be studying right now? Shouldn’t I be doing something more productive than this? These should be the thoughts that cross your mind when you’re doing something other than working towards crossing things off of your to-do list.
It is so easy to get caught up in your timeline, watching snaps and insta stories. Yes, I know. I do it too. Then you say to yourself that you’ll just delete the app for a week or so. Sis, (or bro) that shows a huge lack of self control. Do better. Do everything in moderation.
Sorry, for reading you the way that I just did. Let me help you out though. Everyone is different, but I think I’ve gotten this time management thing under control (a little).
Below is a list of mobile and computer applications, free and paid, that have seemed to help me increase productivity and organization:
This application allows you to sync your calendars among all devices, create projects, and daily to-do lists. This app was recommended by my boyfriend, so it is a bit techy for my liking. However, I was able to use this app for what I needed it for.
Here you see a picture of a weekly to-do list. If I don't write down everything I need to do, it probably won’t get done. I would normally even include random errands, like doing laundry or washing my hair. I’ve also found that I can use it to list topics I would like to cover. For example, I have listed each video from external resources I may be using in preparation for Step 1.
You must have some level of consistency to use this application. I don’t. It allows you to create tasks that you wish to complete everyday. You may enable reminders for each task. The more consistent you are, the higher number of streaks you will get. Sorta like snapchat… (I think. I haven’t been on it in forever) It’s very difficult for me to use this app right now, because I have not created a consistent study schedule. I’ll be sure to dust the dirt off of it and try it again soon.
One of my absolute favorites. This application utilizes the Pomodoro Technique. I normally have my settings set to 25 minute work sessions with 5 minute breaks in between. On the 4th session the break will be 25 minutes. This is what you call the “long break”. I know how difficult it is to NOT pick up your cell phone or get distracted while studying. This method gives you a “distraction period”. Pretty cool application for those who are more efficient with alarms and set schedules.
Do NOT count me out. Last but not least, let’s talk about the application that comes on your Mac (sorry, Windows.. I really don’t know much about you guys), Sticky Notes. Most of us are on our computers all of the time. What you need to accomplish is right in your face. There’s no way to ignore it. It’s pretty self explanatory. Feel free to change the font types and color of the sticky notes; I like pink. =)
Put your phone down, eliminate all distractions, make a plan AND STICK TO IT.
I would love to know how you guys stay organized and productive. Feel free to comment below.