Save Productivity: Useful Tools and Lifehacks

Exhausted Student

Despite the fact that cloudy cold weather stimulates you to study better, the cold months are not the most pleasant time even for a city dweller. You may stay at home with a cup of tea and improve your reading skills, but college tasks will not simply disappear. No matter how tired you are, you need to save productivity. From the biochemical, and psychological point of view, the fall and winter months are really more difficult for a human: zero moods and apathy impact the productivity. A study of sociologists Scott Golder and Michael Mesi was published in the journal Science in 2011. They analyzed the tweets of users from different parts of the world and came to the conclusion that we wake up approximately in the same mood at any time of the year, but it worsens as fast as the light day shortens.

The Question Is “Why?”

Bad weather does not make us monsters of concentration, but only removes a distraction: the idea of where to go to have fun after or instead of college stops spinning in your head. It is proved that in cold months people tend to stay in office for about half an hour longer than in the warmer months. The problem is that not always the numbers turn into quality. By this logic, for example, you can feel like a hero after an exhausting 10-hour studying day, even if all the time you were hanging out in a social network. At the same time, if the task took you "only" two hours, it seems that it is certainly not done well. For example, behavioral economist Dan Ariely says that one mechanic was paid less just because he was experienced enough to do his jobs faster. The same considerations you use during doing, for example, math. Bet, you had once such case when you solved a complex equation too fast and the answer is too “pretty,” and you thought that you definitely did something wrong.  

Types of Productivity

Productivity, in general, more depends on a personalized approach than we used to think. On the website 99U, there was a classification of types of efficiency. Due to it, people are divided into four groups: The prioritizer, the schedulers, the arrangers and the visualizers.

  • For the prioritizer it is extremely important to plan everything, he hates the idle chatter and is a lot more worried about how to do his task in time, and not about the easiest methods to do it. The planners and trackers will be useful if you are such type of person. They help to streamline the workflow, for example, the famous timer Pomodoro (after every 25 minutes of work it reminds that you should rest for 5 minutes) and 42Goals for maintaining a list of scheduled cases.
  • The planners also like to write things in order, and love to dive even in the smallest details of the process and lay everything on the shelves. They need the similar auxiliary tools: cool diaries like Toodledo, fixative habits app HabitForge and Agendas for the preparation of the agenda. Desktop organizers also will be useful. 
  • The arranger likes to work in a team, and it is vital for him to spread a word with a mate at least sometimes. The planner apps will give them nothing, but the service focus@will will be quite useful. It picks up the right music as a background, and visually pleasing notebooks, pens, and other small things.
  • The visualizers hate working on the same type of tasks, constantly generate ideas, and therefore it is important to provide the complete freedom of action and at the same time remove all the distracting things. This will require a Zen-services like the program for writing texts Ommwriter and mind map applications such as MyThoughts.

To Do List

Separate Tasks

Also, do not discount the universal recommendations. Most of us get a huge number of tasks during the working day, and there is a risk of getting bogged down in it in from the morning until the evening. It is clear that there are always urgent ones, which are better to complete immediately, but you need to separate them from those that can wait. For example, you need to deliver the essay the next day, but you do the task that can be delivered the next week, so your choice is completely wrong. If it is impossible for you to concentrate, use the Antisocial service that disables the social networks. In case it is not enough, there is a Freedom service that completely blocks the Internet.

In Case of Depression

If melancholy spins you to depression, you should meet with the therapist first. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), you often have to study despite all the troubles. The depression lowers self-confidence, so you can be confused even with the usual tasks that you have carried out for many times. If the task seems unbearable for you, it is best to break it down into small component parts and set the separate deadlines for each one. The easiest example is the essay writing task: if you are horrified by the fact that you have to write 2 thousand words, set a goal to write a paragraph or two. When you cope with such a task, the mood will be a little better, and the rest pieces of work will not seem so terrifying. Try to make your surrounding more comfortable. The case is not only the place to take in the class and what headphones to choose to avoid hearing the noise. If you know that you can be taken aback by the sudden task, unpleasant comments or banal situations like missing pen, ask your college friend for a help. Sharing the anxiety helps to stop it and to understand the reason. Also, do not be afraid to admit that you have a depression. You may vaguely refer to the health problems in order to make your professor sure that it is not laziness or something like that.


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