If you’ve been sticking around with me for a while, you might have noticed that my usual posting every other day has diminished to once or twice a week lately. Sorry I’m slacking! I wanted to take this time to apologize for that and let you know that I’m getting back on track with this blog.
School has gotten really busy and discouraging lately, but I’ve been working hard to keep on top of my grades and unfortunately that means that I have not had enough time to share my thoughts and tips with all of you.
However, I wanted to share with you what I have been up to lately in my college world!
Here’s three simple things that I’m doing now to keep myself on track and to get my work done.
A Breath of Fresh Air
I’ve begun to take more of my work outside of my dorm and have found that it is my key to tackling my to-do list. On top of this, I have discovered a new study technique for me: working near people. Not necessarily with people, but just being around people who are also focused on their work at the time tends to keep me in check from procrastinating.
As you can see in this picture, I spend every Tuesday and Thursday sitting outside in my dorm’s courtyard with my friend Mario! We hardly even talk while we work, simply listen to our own music and enjoy each other’s company with a Starbucks drink.
Highlighters & Color Coding
As I’ve mentioned previously in many posts, such as in this one about my planner, I am in love with color coding. I’ve assigned a specific color to each of my classes, created a color key as a bookmark in my planner, and use that color code for everything from my assignment schedule to my post-it note calendar and even my Google Calendar and more.
While I’m in class I also tend to color code while I take notes. I might do a full post about my note taking strategy another day, but the main thing that I do is I highlight the topic for each section in pink to separate it from the rest, any terms with definitions following it in yellow, and any facts or important statistics I should know in orange. I do stray from that system sometimes… and the guy who sits next to my in my Dinosaurs class (in which I took that picture to the left today) makes fun of me for my love of highlighters.. but it really saves me time when it comes to studying for a test.
Treat Yo’ Self
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: There is a time for work and there is a time to relax.But also, there is a time to mix both together!
Who says you can’t work and play at the same time? Want to eat some nutella but you have a paper to write? Do both! Need to read 5 chapters of a textbook before your next class? Reward yourself with a bite of your favorite snack or 10 minutes of your favorite show on Netflix after every chapter you complete.
This form of cheating my own system has always worked very well for me. Some people know this as the ‘gummy bear’ strategy, where you leave a trail of gummy bears down a textbook on different paragraphs and once you reach the gummy bear in your reading then you celebrate by eating it. I’ve been doing this for years, from rewarding myself with an M&M every time I finished two math equations in middle school to taking a 10 minute nap in between each subject of homework.
Try it out, see if that celebration your brain does when you reward it can trick yourself into staying on task!
What do you do to stay focused and to get yourself on track? I would love to hear your thoughts below!