Do you sometimes struggle to make it through the day? It may seem like the hardest task to keep yourself awake at school or work. Here are a few things that could be keeping you from having a productive day, and ways you can alter these things to increase your energy level.
Friends can be great distractions. They are great company, but you can quickly lose focus when joking around with them. Learning how to say “no” is an important lesson to learn. For example, if your friends invite you to a party, but you know you have to wake up early, it’s okay to turn them down. If they are your real friends, they will understand. Social media is also a big distraction. You can’t get anything done if you are constantly checking Instagram and Twitter.
Friends can be great motivators. Invite them to do something productive with you, like studying. That way you get to spend time together and help each other be successful. If you work better alone, go to a quiet place where you cannot be disturbed. Also, try turning your phone on airplane mode or a “do not disturb” setting when you are working on something important.
A lot of you are probably familiar with the negative effects of procrastination. It’s okay! We’ve all been there. Most people procrastinate because they are overwhelmed with other tasks that must be completed. Another common reason for putting off important work is the fear of failing. The task at hand may be difficult, but it must be done regardless.
Time management is key. Use an agenda. Write down all of your tasks and highlight them once you’re done. Also, get an early start on the more difficult assignments. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! There is more time to ask for help if you’re not waiting until the last minute.
One of the major reasons your day may not be productive is simply feeling tired. Our bodies need rest in order to function throughout the day. Lack of sleep can actually be harmful to your immune system, and could possibly cause you to get sick easier. Being sick can really bring down your productivity.
Get plenty of sleep! Don’t pull all-nighters trying to cram for exams or having Netflix marathons. Another great trick that can help with fatigue is waking up early to exercise. This can give you a great burst of energy to get the day started. You may not want to wake up that early, but it’s worth it.
My favorite energy-boosting snack is almonds. They are packed with proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Almonds are the perfect snack to munch on when you feel yourself getting drowsy.
— Tierra Thomas
PABPG Collegiate Ambassador