Two Ways College Students Can Maximize Productivity

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Cooper Grahek
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College is an exciting time for many young adults. For most, it’s their first time away from home and they have an opportunity to explore the world on their own. However, with this newfound freedom can come some negatives as well. One of those negatives might be the loss of productivity. But making just a couple of changes could help students maximize their daily productivity.

As I mentioned before, college is a time where most people finally venture out on their own. They are away from their parents and gain this whole new feeling of freedom. However, this feeling of freedom can sometimes lead to students becoming unproductive. This freedom allows them to make decisions on their own such as skipping class, sleeping in, saving their homework until the very last minute, or maybe even scrolling on TikTok for hours on end. These choices can lead to very unproductive days, and those days can turn into weeks or even months.

There are quite a few ways you can maximize your productivity in college, the following two examples have worked for me. The first is waking up early. Waking up early allows you to get up and get going without feeling like you’ve already wasted half the day in bed. Something that has helped me wake up early has been taking eight a.m. classes to force myself out of bed in the morning. The second action I take to feel productive is to build in a daily time go to the gym. Going to the gym or exercising in some other way gets you moving and for me, makes me feel motivated to tackle the rest of my day.

Now I’m not saying that sleeping past eight in the morning, skipping class occasionally, or even taking a personal day now and then makes you unproductive. What I am saying is that it may be a contributing factor to you feeling unproductive. If you often feel as if you are unproductive or maybe unmotivated to conquer the day, start by making a couple of small changes and build from there.

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