November is almost over and we all know what that means…FINALS 😦 Finals and the weeks leading up to them can be super stressful for most of us, so I thought I would compile a list of some ways to make it a little more bearable!
1. Make a list of everything you have to do
This one may seem really obvious, but it’s really easy to push things off until the last minute. I think the most helpful thing you can do for yourself is to create a list of ALL the assignments and important due dates you have coming up. I recently made one of these for myself, and though it was a little stressful seeing all of those assignments to complete, I felt so much better knowing that I (sort of) have everything under control. Plus, it’s so satisfying to cross things off of my list as I finish them.
2. Use Forest! (or a similar app)
I may have mentioned Forest in a post a while back, but this app is responsible for 90% of my productivity. Once you set the timer on your phone, you can’t use it until the time is up (otherwise you will kill the tree). I think this was a paid app (maybe $2?) but I’ve been using this for over a year now, and it has definitely been worth it. It’s is the perfect way to make sure that you can’t get distracted by your phone. I also recently discovered that there is a free forest chrome extension that allows you to choose websites to blacklist. I use this to block YouTube and Netflix while I am in the middle of a study session, but this might be also helpful for anyone who wants to use it to block social media!
3. Make a study playlist
Everyone is different, and some people like to study with music while others don’t. For me, it depends on how much concentration I need to do. So I have a bunch of playlists (really, I have too many), and I choose what I want to work to based on my mood. For example, I have one with soundtracks like Pirates of the Caribbean and Game of Thrones, and I have another playlist with classical music for when I want to feel calmer. I also find lofi hip-hop playlists on YouTube pretty relaxing to listen to. Music can help you feel better when you are feeling down!
4. Include breaks in your schedule–and make sure you take them!
I used to have this really bad habit of setting aside break times, only to end up ignoring them and continue studying. But I learned the hard way that this only makes you feel more tired and burnt out from work later on. Sometimes I read, sketch or do a little bit of yoga during a break–just anything that allows me to step away from the work for a few minutes. Although you may feel like you don’t need a break, your brain will thank you!
I know most of these tips are things you all know already, it helps to keep them in the back of your mind. Now, I just hope I will follow my own advice 🙂