| Oct 01, 2013
Hello, everyone! I't's Bri! You have completed your first month!
Here are some ways to help you be successful at ACPHS.
Create routines. Choose actions like reading emails at a certain time or hitting the gym after work, and try to do them daily. Soon that routine will happen on autopilot.
Get enough sleep. Whoever coined the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” didn’t have all the facts straight. Not getting enough sleep could hinder productivity at work, so try to get those recommended seven to nine hours!
Wake up earlier. If still able to squeeze in enough sleep, try extending the day by getting up an hour earlier — when it’s still quiet and there are fewer distractions.
Step away from facebook. Make a habit to only check facebook at certain times of the day to avoid getting sidetracked. And do not go on during class!
Make a daily to-do list. Stay away from huge to-do lists. Instead, create a daily list of realistic jobs to tackle, like folding laundry, scheduling a tutoring appointment, or going grocery shopping. Break up big goals into micro-tasks, like going to zumba to get in shape, or writing a page of your humanities paper at a time. Soon, the small things will add up to big accomplishments.
Make a to-don’t list: Bad habits are just as significant as good ones. So make a list of things not to do because they make you unproductive. Such as watching Netflix the night before an exam, procrastinating on facebook and texting during class.
Don’t multitask. Our brains aren’t wired to juggle too much at once, and we can work nearly twice as fast if we do one thing at a time
Silence your phone. When it comes to getting stuff done, sometimes silence is key. Turn off the cell phone ringer — that’s what voicemail is for!
Take a midday workout break. Working out during the day could actually boost productivity, so the time spent exercising could actually help you get more done later.
Stay healthy. Health and productivity go hand in hand, so be sure to maintain good health habits, like eating well, maintaining hygiene and getting a goof night’s sleep!
Brainstorm. Take some time to sit and get those creative juices flowing. Without distractions, brainstorming may be the way to come up with killer ideas in record time.
Keep a pen and pad on hand. Record questions and concerns as you think of them to ensure you can get answers later.
Slow down. Getting stuff done isn’t always a matter of making it to the finish line first. Take time to reflect, brainstorm, and recharge.
Tune out. Those headphones will help tune out any distractions. Plus, others may be less likely to interrupt if they see we’re plugged in.
Eat well. What we scarf down for lunch may do more than satisfy hunger. Certain foods can give us a much-needed boost of energy. So forgo the take-out and be picky at the cafeteria!
De-clutter. Get rid of anything in the way that may cause distractions. Put away the dishes, fold clothes, and get rid of excess papers on the desk.
Say no. Don’t stretch yourself too thin — learning to say no keeps us focused and may even ward off sickness.
Take a break. Carve out some quality "you" time to keep a balance between the busy world and the rest of the day.