December is the best time of the year - but there’s also so much distraction, funnier things to do…
So here are my tips for staying productive through your holidays!
(Finals, I’m coming for you!)
1.) Write stuff down.
Make a list of everything you want or have to do until the new year.
Write the deadlines next to them if needed. This will help you visualize your goals.
2.) Do sth every day.
This will let you stay in your work flow - whether you just prepare a subject for an hour or study hardcore 4 hours the next day. Being consistent is important!
3.) Stop multitasking!
At the beginning of this semester, I realized that studying many things at the same time/day won’t help me memorize stuff. So I started dedicating a day a week for one of my subject, maximum two. And damn, that helped. (I’ll write more about it in an upcoming post about my study routine - when it’s published, I’ll link it here.)
4.) Take time off.
Holidays are also time to meet old and new friends, spend time w/ your family etc. Just because you want to be porductive as heck doesn’t mean you should ban quality time w/ your loved ones. Go and have fun!
5.) But: Dedicate time for yourself.
You can free time for work, friends etc - and so you can also dedicate some time for yourself getting some sh*t done! Alone time is as important as time spent w/ others.
6.) Start with something you like.
This small tip always gets me starting - get excited about a topic! Learning new things can be marvellous!
7.) Avoid distractions.
Your family’s here for a visit, children are running around or someone distracts you otherwhise? It’s time to find your own study space elsewhere. Remember, holidays a re just a few days. Maybe go find an new coffeehouse or a nice silent spot in the library? Anything what you like.
8.) Try a social media break.
When we send time with loved ones, we shouldn’t feel the need to distract ourselves with social media or our phones in general. The same applies to studying and me-time.
Are you ready to try it? Try deinstall apps like instagram, tumblr or facebook for a day, maybe a week? You really don’t need it. When you get bored, read a book instead!
9.) Plan for the new year & get inspired.
What do you want to change next year? Were you happy how you did academically/socially? How can you change things?
Time for a 2019 reflexion - I made a post w/ some questions here.
10.) I wish you a Merry Christmas, a great holiday & good focus!