We’ve all heard it, too much of anything is a bad thing. This is especially the case for extended periods of studying. While you need to study to retain and learn information, too much can leave your mind feeling exhausted and out of original ideas and thought. These productivity crashes, where a person simply runs out of steam can mean even more wasted time than if you had just procrastinated studying. However, there are things you can do to not only prevent this crash but even out the ups and downs as well. Use these ideas next time you need to study or right before the big exam.
Get Plenty of Rest
Sleep is essential for productivity, requiring at least a solid eight hours of sleep a day, depending on the person. Overall, if you’re feeling tired, you’re most likely sleep deprived to some extent. Students are notorious for lacking sleep and putting off bedtime hours. Sleep has numerous benefits for one’s productivity, including faster recovery times and making you less prone to distractions. If you can, make an alarm to remind yourself to put down the textbooks and get to bed.
For some people, using oils and scents can actually boost moods and help with focus. Six of the most effective scents to boost productivity include lemon, lavender, jasmine, rosemary, cinnamon, and peppermint. Smell is one of the strongest senses, which means these can have a significant effect on your subconscious mind. Having essential oils handy is now pretty easy since they come in many forms, such as sprays, roll-on sticks, tinctures, and the like.
Cut Out Web Surfing
According to one survey, around 30 to 40 percent of workplace productivity is lost to “cyberslacking”, or web surfing. Aside from that fact alone, web surfing has been found to be very addictive, easily wasting hours of time. It also has been found to have profound effects on how the brain works. Luckily, there are many apps you can use to combat this addiction. You can block yourself from browsers while you type. Time wasted on web surfing could easily be spent on more productive online activities, such as online jobs or schooling courses.
Exercise greatly improves a person’s well-being, both physically and mentally. Just a simple 10 or 15-minute walk could make a drastic difference. With exercise, the heart pumps more efficiently, allowing plenty of fresh blood and oxygen to reach the brain. This in turn drastically improves one’s brain function and well-being. You can also use tactile and kinesthetic study methods to help memorize certain facts. It keeps you active and uses muscle memory to help cement your learning.
There are so many ways to improve mood and productivity. Just following these five hacks will have you feeling refreshed after long study sessions. Hopefully, the end of semester burn-out comes a little slower this year.