With the dynamics of education changing in unexpected ways, students find it challenging to cope with everything that they are being taught. This means extra hours in tuition and supplementary classes, a lot more homework to complete, tonnes of practice papers, and so on. Students become exhausted and frustrated with the amount of work that needs to be done. On top of that, studying for tests and exams will be pressurising.
The best way to conquer this is to strike a balance by doing the things you love. Taking your mind off your work and learning to set aside time to relax is essential. This is the best way for your brain to function optimally.
So, here are some tips and tricks to be a hardworking individual, as well as one who can lead a balanced lifestyle!
KEEP A LIST
Often times the biggest reason for lack of productivity is having a clustered mind. We may know a few things that need to be done at the top of our head but may not remember the entire list. Some tasks may be more time-sensitive, and some tasks may take much more time to complete over others.
You can set yourself on the path of productivity if you choose to create a To-do list and try to stick to it religiously. If you can keep your mind organised and prioritise your tasks, it will enable you to manage your time wisely, which eradicates undue stress!
MORNING AND NIGHT ROUTINE
How we start our day and how we end our night is extremely important for the day to go on well. A good morning routine can comprise of waking up before sunrise, spending some time for meditation, yoga or exercise, and having a hearty breakfast to start the day right. Some of you who have the habit of writing your goals for the day can do that as well.
Your night routine can be an early dinner, some time to read a few pages of your favourite book, writing in your journal or listening to some music before going to sleep. It can be anything; there is no right or wrong. Decide on a morning and night routine to keep yourself grounded and this will ensure that you are productive during the day.
EXPLORE YOUR INTERESTS
You may have special talents, or might be interested to learn something new. Whatever it maybe, do not leave it aside; instead, take active steps to hone those skills. Studies have shown that students who involve themselves in extracurricular activities perform better in school as it keeps them occupied and expands their critical thinking capacity.
MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
Mental health has always been a taboo subject as those who are affected often have the guilty feeling that they have done something wrong. However, having anxiety and feeling depressed or lonely are not uncommon; everyone goes through it in some point in their life. Students need to speak up and admit they need help, which allows them to seek solutions to the problem.
Students can concentrate on their academics and perform well in extracurricular activities, only if they are in a positive state of mind. Students need to open up about their problems more, either to their parents, tuition teachers or other parental figures whom they trust. That way, students can nip the problem at its bud!