10 Tricks To Help You Study/Work Better
Lots of people are spending more time at the gym than ever before in a bid to train their body, so that they are quicker, stronger and fitter.
But how many of us are training our minds?
When it comes to studying and working, a toned stomach isn’t going to help you. Nothing will help you except a sharp brain and the know-how that will get you to study and work quicker and more productively than you have done previously.
When you train your brain so that you study and work better, you avoid that midmorning crash which leaves you feeling foggy. You’ll also grasp problems quicker so that you can move onto the next task, as well as prevent the kind of listlessness that gives sharp rise to procrastination.
Let’s take a look at 10 tricks to help you study and work better.
Create A Positive Environment
When I was at high school, I found it really hard to study at night because I basically lived in a madhouse. My mom and dad were always arguing, and my youngest sister had just turned 13 and was awkward, moody – and loud.
As such, I was studying in an environment that wasn’t conducive to my learning methods. And as I’ve got older, I’ve learned that a positive environment is fundamental if you’re going to study and work better.
Wherever you’re going to be spending much of your life over the coming days and weeks, cultivate an atmosphere that is going to motivate and energise you. Pin inspirational quotes to your desk, let as much light in as possible, paint the walls in colours you love.
Rework Your To-Do List
Create a to-do list.
What does it look like? Is it lengthy?
Chances are that if you’re reading this article, your to-do list is going to be stuffed with things to do.
And this is a bad thing.
There will be a lot of fat on your to-do list that can be trimmed. Go through it and write down a number 1 or a number 2 next to each item. 1 corresponds to a high-priority item, while 2 corresponds to a low-priority item.
Then, scratch off all the number 2’s.
Take a closer look at your number 1’s. Are there any on here that are actually number 2’s? Could they be scratched off, too?
Lengthy to-do lists create anxiety, so it’s a good idea to trim yours down to the tasks that are actually going to add value to your life.
Learn In A Way That Suits You Best
Some of us are visual learners who grow bored and lose interest whenever we have to read rows and rows of chunk text in a book that is as thick as a brick.
Others prefer to ingest knowledge by reading and find it hard to process information via pictures alone.
It’s important that you find out what kind of learner you are, so that you are able to study and work in a way that suits you best, engages you, and prevents listlessness and apathy.
Some people find it easier to sit and work in silence. But I usually find that silence is ridiculously hard to come by unless you’re lucky enough to live somewhere remote without traffic, chirruping birds that flap and coo at your window, and friends popping by “for a chat.”
To switch off from all externalities and focus entirely on your work, it might be a good idea to play some “brain friendly” music that gets you into the zone and stops distractions from getting inside your heard. Eventually, you might find that you type to the rhythms of the music and that certain songs enhance your productivity.
Build Good Habits
One of the things that can stop us from working is bad habits, such as procrastination or waking up late.
So why don’t you build a better routine that promotes good habits that tells your brain it’s time to start work.
You could wake up earlier, eat healthier, go for a morning run, go to bed earlier, watch motivation videos, drink less and so on.
You’ve probably been advised to multitask by lots of people.
“I always multitask!” says your friend while firing off an email, washing her hair and feeding her cat.
But as Confucius rightly pointed out, the one who chases two rabbits ends up catching neither.
Studies have shown that multitasking just doesn’t work. It’s chaotic, stressful and unproductive. You might think you’re getting more done in less time, but the quality of your work is down.
Instead, it’s a much better idea to focus on one task at a hand. You will move them quicker than you thought, and you will also be investing the right amount of time and quality.
Arm Yourself With The Right Tools
It’s useless to start studying or working if you don’t actually have all the right tools yet. If you do, you won’t be getting the best out of it.
Buy everything that you need before you begin. Invest in writing materials, bulletin boards, apps and textbooks.
Planning is key to working and studying better. If you don’t plan it, there’s a good chance you’re going to take today off.
And the day after that.
Hey, you may as well take the whole week off!
Scheduling your work helps to make yourself accountable. Without a proper plan in place, it’s all too easy to get jumbled up with your work so that you’re studying for an hour here and an hour there.
Disorganised methods lead to disorganised minds.
Revert To Note-Taking By Hand
Growing up in the digital age, there is a good chance you haven’t taken a note down by hand since high school.
But taking notes down by hand is more effective than using a laptop. Why? Because we process and reframe the information better.
Studying hard is difficult. It’s also something lots of us actually don’t want to do. We’d much rather be outside licking ice-creams in the park or getting drunk with our friends.
If you don’t give yourself a break, resentment will eventually set in so that you start to hate studying so much that you give up.
To make sure this doesn’t happen, it’s a good idea to set up a reward system. For example, you could tell yourself that if you study hard all week you can treat yourself to a pizza on Friday night – or whatever else you like!