Productivity Systems

Bored of the Same Routine Every Day? This Is What You Can Do

Bored of the Same Routine Every Day? This Is What You Can Do

Inevitably, when you start adopting the plethora of productivity techniques ever created, something will happen: your life becomes rather routine. So, let me show you how you can stop being bored with the same routine every day.

Techniques such as the Pomodoro technique, time blocking, as well as the highly praised morning routine all get plenty of attention. What is more, the spectrum of time management techniques is spectacularly diverse.

Although, take the majority of these techniques, and you will find that they all have something in common:

Those productivity tips all add structure to your life in one way or another.

(Structure, here, is the key concept — without it, you would not get bored with your day-to-day dwellings.)

Indeed, I encourage the use of the Pomodoro technique and such, but please don’t mistake me for being contradictory.

Mixing structure and variety is a balancing act. Nonetheless, it is certainly something you cannot afford to ignore when conducting your daily planning.

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How to Increase Your Work Efficiency Right Now: Set a Timer!

How to Increase Your Work Efficiency Right Now: Set a Timer!

If you want to work with the utmost focus, you must have a timer ticking in your ear. Feel its regular, robotic rhythm. As a result of this artificial imprisonment, you will increase your work efficiency.

Even though it may sound utterly monotonous, living each day by the tick-tock of the productivity clock is rather blissful.

And that’s for a good reason, too.

Despite being aware of the Pomodoro technique (25-minute timer), I did not always take advantage of it. Instead, I worked long, laborious days with no foreseeable end.

Since then, I have timed my work habitually such that my work efficiency has increased dramatically.

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How to Make a Daily Schedule for Yourself (for the Most Productivity)

How to Make a Daily Schedule for Yourself (for the Most Productivity)

What is the best way to order and organise your daily activities for the perfect, productive day? Find out in this article how to make a daily schedule for yourself to study more for longer.

If you’ve ever attempted to create a daily schedule for yourself, you might have wondered:

“Where do I start?”

Of course, you could simply start shoving study and other work into an empty time table template. Although, this merely achieves a disorderly day of randomly sequenced activities.

To illustrate, how much thought did you put into it? If there’s no strategy for making your daily plans, it’s highly doubtful that it’s effective and productive.

Scheduling twelve hours of consecutive work is undeniably ridiculous. Equally, picking the wrong balance as a student—too much studying what you already know, for instance—is detrimental.

Additionally, blindly blending activities together without a strategy may mean that you won’t stick to your daily schedule.

When sustainability is key, you can’t afford twelves hours of consecutive, focused studying every day.

In this article, I will reveal my strategy for how to make a daily schedule for yourself that you can actually stick to. Let’s begin with the morning!

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Want to Take Control of Your Time? Stop Being Impulsive Now!

Want to Take Control of Your Time? Stop Being Impulsive Now!

Are you struggling to manage your time effectively as a student because you can never take control of your time? If so, acting deliberately and stopping impulsiveness from hijacking your life is the most important thing you can do.

No matter who you are, it is imperative that you take control of your time in order to live a purposeful life!

If you want to achieve your goals—excel in those exams—then effective time management is your friend: it is, after all, incredibly important for students who want to live a successful, meaningful life.

However, managing your time is not a passive process; rather, it is the act of taking deliberate control of your life. Easier said than done.

So, in this article, I will share how impulsiveness is robbing your time like the silent assassin it is. What’s more, you’ll learn the techniques I’ve used to stop impulsiveness and regain control of my time.

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Resist your brain's impulsiveness and take control of your time

What Is Impulsiveness and Why Is It Bad?

Impulsiveness: killer of productivity and everything else that is good.

Contrasting the concept of time management, impulsiveness is the quality of giving in to short-term gratification rather than pursuing long-term advantages.

Moreover, being impulsive is when you say, “Oh, look! There are some boxes that need cleaning out, so I better do that before it’s too late!” But “too late” is merely an illusion.

Or, perhaps more relatable to you:

“What’s that, Fred? It seems like I’ve heard a nice little “ping”, meaning someone has messaged me on Discord Inc!”

Now that bellows procrastination like nothing else.

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How Should You Prioritise Your Work as a Student?

How Should You Prioritise Your Work as a Student?

Is it really necessary to prioritise your work as a student? Don’t be silly—of course it certainly is!

After all, not all work has an equal impact on your life; look at the infamous 80/20 principle, for instance.

Why Is It Important to Prioritise Tasks?

The 80/20 rule suggests that—in almost every situation—20% of the possible work you can do will contribute to 80% of the success. Additionally, further ideas have sprung up, such as 5% of the work accounting for 50% of the outcome.

A diagram showing the 80-20 principle means you must prioritise your work as a student and use high-leverage tasks.
Do the least amount of work but maximise success with high-leverage tasks.

In short, though, here’s the key message: there are certain tasks that have significantly more impact.

So, if you can find those tasks and only spend your limited time on them, you’ll be unstoppable. This is because each minute of your day will be much more meaningful than if you committed to useless tasks.

Undoubtedly, this is an incredibly important concept to understand and use—especially with regard to your school life.

To demonstrate, you could apply this to your independent study and revision, albeit not homework and assignment as much. (For you see, homework and other assignments may require you use your time in a certain way, but not invariably.)

Stepping back a bit more, you could view your entire life as a list of both academic and personal work. In this case, you’re prioritising your work as a student as well as non-student.

Furthermore, what is your success—the idealised outcome? Is it academic, hence passing exams successfully? Or, rather, perhaps you’re thinking more about overall life success.

Regardless, the way to reach success is to prioritise your work both within and outside of academia.

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How to Organise Your Time at Home (with Compartmentalisation)

How to Organise Your Time at Home (with Compartmentalisation)

How to Not Organise Your Time Effectively

Is your day a mishmash of unrelated tasks unwillingly put together on a rather daunting to-do list? If so, let’s fix that: you need to know how to organise your time for studying sustainably and efficiently.

Also, we’ll be using an indispensable technique referred to as “compartmentalisation”—quite a mouthful, I know.

But what is life like without it—why is there a need for compartmentalisation?

As I alluded to earlier, if you fail to organise the time in your day into distinguished blocks, you thus end up with a mess; while you might have an idea as to what to do in a day, the day itself has no structure.

For example, you could create yourself a daily to-do list that clearly sets out all the activities for the day. However, this is insufficient if you want to manage your time efficiently for studying and other tasks.

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How to Stop Wasting Time Online: My Proven 5 Step Strategy

How to Stop Wasting Time Online: My Proven 5 Step Strategy

Stop Wasting Time Online (Fight Your YouTube Addiction)

Somewhat regrettably, I have wasted many miserable years of my life, wasting time online. In this article, I will show you how I eventually brought an end to this madness—setting myself free!

A person wasting time online by using Social Media

Before that happens, rank yourself on a scale of 1–10 based on how well this reflects you:

Due to the endless streams of distractions, wasting time online is seemingly inevitable for me. Accordingly, I have difficulty trying to exercise discipline so I can pursue greater things in life.

For example, as soon as I finish reading an article/watching a video, I am immediately tempted by the related content. Similarly, my feed is continuously begging for my bounded attention. I, therefore, waste countless hours binging on online content, which ultimately wrecks my life.

If this brief description sounds like you, then I would like to invite you to at least try my system. That is to say, give it a mere test run before reviewing the results.

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How to Save Your Time: The Most Powerful Planning Routine

How to Save Your Time: The Most Powerful Planning Routine

Why a Planning Routine (& Reviewing) is Important

How effective is a planning routine, and why is planning important? For instance, you may feel busy enough with whatever system you are currently using. Nevertheless, this does not mean that your time is being spent meaningfully.

The Power of Planning How You Want Your Life to Go

Firstly, if you want to spend your time productively, you must be proactive with your time. On the contrary, if you are reactive—letting your inbox dictate your actions—you’re doing it wrong.

Productivity calendar in a planning routine

That is to say, chase the opportunity rather than letting distractions chase you. It is, unless you proactively chase opportunity, the case that the opportunity cannot be trusted to come after you.

Just making that clear.

So, the evident solution is to be deliberate and plan your time out carefully: incorporate a planning routine in your life (which I will soon discuss).

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Should You Have Faith in Online Calendars? [Kill Procrastination]

Should You Have Faith in Online Calendars? [Kill Procrastination]

Why Would Calendars Avoid Procrastination Effectively?

If you’re not already using an online calendar, I genuinely hope this article will make you think again.

For now, however, we are not going to explore the benefits of specifically online calendars; that comes later. To begin with, why should we all be using any calendar at all?Excessive Confusion

The Problem of Procrastination and Productivity-Deficiency

The battle for productivity and against procrastination is an ongoing, ceaseless effort. That is to say, you will always encounter resistance when you need to get work done.

In order to reduce this friction, we must devise systems within our life. Why? Because your brain is flawed, imperfect, and exhaustible.

In many cases when we are given a decision, we often make the wrong choice. For example, if you have some free time, you may have quite a few options:

  • Send out some job applications because you’re unemployed
  • File your taxes, which you are late to do
  • Clean the dishes
  • Watch television for another ten hours
  • Eat pudding
  • Steal the neighbours’ Wi-Fi

Without an effective system, self-concept, and mindset, you would probably be likely to choose options 4–6. This is due to your natural tendency to gravitate towards easy things.

Consequently, the significantly more important, albeit more demanding, tasks take the back seat.

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