Since March 2020, life as we knew it has changed drastically. COVID-19 has completely changed our lives in a major way and in ways that we could have never expected.
Many of us have never been required to be confined to our homes for this amount of time.
Being required to wear a face mask everywhere you go and being scared to go in public due to this virus. It’s safe to say that life is really different and it has been really hard for some and not as hard for others.
Some colleges have plans of re-opening while others are offering classes completely online.
Either way, life is different. We’ve compiled a list of 21 productivity tips to make the best of college in quarantine to help you stay sane through these uncertain times.
21 Productivity Tips to Make The Best of College in Quarantine
1. Get your mind right things are different. Mentally prepare yourself for another semester but one that will be quite different from the ones you were used to. Going to parties may not be an option and your campus may not even allow students to stay in their dorm.
2. Get dressed just because most of your time will be spent behind a computer screen in your dorm room does not meet that you have to lounge around in pajamas all day. Do yourself a favor and get dressed every morning as if you were going on campus to your 8am class. You’ll find yourself more ready to tackle the day than you would if you just rolled out of bed and logged into your computer.
3. Find an accountability partner so by now you’re probably like, “there’s no way I’m getting dressed just to sit in front of my computer for my 8am chem class.” But, hear us out. It works! Getting dressed makes you more ready and available to tackle each day. Get a friend on board with you and text each other each morning (or before your first class of the day) and make sure you both are getting dressed for class. It definitely doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just put on anything that isn’t pajamas (smile).
4. Read the syllabus before classes start do your best to stay ahead of the game. The syllabus usually becomes available before classes begin. This allows you to read through it so you know in advance the kind of semester you will have before it even begins.
5. Maintain a level head every semester presents new challenges and this semester will be no different. Whether you have a difficult class or two or if you’re doing a group project with students who could care less about the assignment. There will be challenges. Not to mention, college will be different in general because of the virus. Do everything in your power to not let this get the best of you.
6. Make a list of positive affirmations that you can say to yourself every morning before your day gets started. Starting each day with positivity cannot be over stated. The day is more likely to go smoothly if you start it off on a positive note.
7. Designate a work corner find a special place in your dorm room or apartment that you can go to to knock out work. Make this a specific area where you know that when you are in this specific area, WORK gets done.
8. Make a schedule by this time you probably know which classes you are taking and what time you have to report to your computer for each class. Make a schedule of the days and times of each class. In your schedule, include time to study, check in with your accountability partner, exercise etc.
9. Get acquainted with your schools new rules/policies everyone’s campus may be different, but make sure to read up on any new policies your school may have. Testing may be required to return back to campus (if that’s allowed) and so much more.
10. Make sure this is what you want if you do not feel comfortable returning to campus, do not allow anyone to pressure you to make that decision. Cases are rising and many people refuse to practice social distancing. If you would rather take online classes at home vs going back on campus, do that. Do what works for you.
11. Get organized we tend to let things slide through the cracks when they are not written down. Be sure to set a date for everything, plan out your days and weeks to get the best out of each semester.
12. Get the most out of each day have you ever wondered why you may have started your day early yet, it feels like you didn’t get anything done? It happens to the best of us. If you do not have a list of things that you want to get done for the day, you may find yourself binge watching your favorite show instead of studying for the exam that you know you have to take next week.
13. Tackle the hardest task first you’ve probably heard this before, but if you have a to-do list and there is something on it that you for a fact don’t want to do, do it first. You’re going to have a hell of a day thinking about that one task if you save it for later. And let’s be real, if you’re saving it for later, it’s probably not getting done.
14. Put your phone down it’s kind of funny how we tell our friends that we’ve been studying for 5 hours when 4 of those hours we spent scrolling through Instagram. Think of it like this, the faster you get through what’s in front of you, the faster you can enjoy scrolling through your phone and binge watching your favorite show.
15. Take breaks being in school all day, studying and writing papers can without a doubt take a toll on you. If you’ve been working for the last hour, take a 5-10 minute break. Get up and stretch, get a snack from the kitchen and get back to work.
16. Change (if necessary) as you go you can’t always be for sure what system will work for you, but what you can do is implement a schedule and then change it as you go. The heart of productivity lies in what you do on a daily basis. If something isn’t working for you, change it! And keep changing it until you can successfully do it on a consistent basis.
17. Be consistent being consistent will literally take your life to the next level. On the other side of consistency is a better life, period. Don’t believe us? What if you never stopped working on your blog daily, where would you be? What if you actually studied after class every day, how much better would your grades be? Point proven.
18. Focus on one thing at a time feeling stuck? It could be because you’re thinking about the one million things you have to do so you decide to take a nap instead. Look at your list and categorize it. This way, it doesn’t seem like a million things need to be done. Focus on one thing at a time in that category and you’ll find yourself getting way more done.
19. Cut out the unnecessary remember when we mentioned that when you don’t write things down, you end up binge watching your favorite show instead? Yea, if you find yourself doing anything other than what needs to be done, check yourself. If you find yourself constantly checking your phone, leave it on the other side of the room. Until you can build up the discipline to not use your phone while it’s right next to you, it needs to be somewhere else.
20. Say no if you don’t have the time and if it doesn’t align with your goals for the day, simply say no, say it loud, say it proud.
21. Give yourself grace don’t feel the need to be perfect. We are all a work in progress and sometimes it can takes months or even years to become as productive as you wish to be. Take your time, give yourself grace but never give up.
We hope these 21 productivity tips to make the best of College in quarantine helped you a lot! We’d love to hear how you are putting these tips into practice and some of your own tips, leave us a comment!