When you’re in college, you sleep when you’re able. Studying all through the nights is a norm.
I’m a terrible procrastinator and can’t seem to find motivation to study when the sun is out. There’s a poetic magic about the night. It seems like you have the entire world to yourself.
Everything is quiet and still. There’s no 4am deadline, so it’s stress free.
The dreamy feeling turns into a nightmare when day breaks.
The sun comes up and runs over you like a bus.
You have to survive the 12 hour day even though you’ve been awake for the past 8! Holy flying turtles! You can’t keep doing this!
How do you harness that inspiration during the day like ‘normal’ people?
I’ll break it down for you.
Step One: Schedule, schedule, schedule!!!
The only way you can get stuff done is if you know what stuff needs to be done. Start by making a list. Order it by deadline, magnitude, whatever. You know what’s important.
Next, assign time commitments to these tasks.
Say Study for Microbial Oceanography and Finish Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Lab are both on your agenda…
yes these are on my VERY exciting agenda…don’t judge…
Well, the first is very arbitrary. I could break it up into several 30min sessions throughout the week and then closer to the exam bump it up to hour sessions. The second has a hard deadline on Tuesday, so it will take roughly 3 hours to do it. I could block out that in my schedule or break it in half.
Once you have a task list, schedule it in 2 days from now.
Why? Shouldn’t I start now?
Here’s the next step.
Step Two: Pull an all nighter.
I assure you, I haven’t lost my marbles just yet. Hear me out.
Pull an all nighter tonight. Clean your house, organize your binder, work out. Do something. I know, you’re going to feel like crap tomorrow so best to do this on a Friday or Saturday night. Here’s my big secret to how this works…Ready?
Do not nap!
If you pull an all nighter and don’t take a nap, you’ll be beat. Going to sleep at 8pm or 9pm would be cake! If not, work out, eat some carbs, avoid caffeine and sugar.Voila, see my genius coming together?
Your body will at most demand 10-12 hours of sleep after your sleep purge, so plan accordingly.
Here’s where your schedule kicks in.
Step Three: Stick to your schedule.
The following day, plan something you want to wake up for. Don’t plan to work out if you hate working out. That is just silly and fuel for self-loathing regression into your old ways. That nonsense can come later when you have more discipline.
Study Tip:Study in a place that mimics nighttime tranquility.
This can be challenging if you are in a dorm, but it can be done. If you like how quiet everything is, stay away from Starbucks and the lower levels of the library. If you like being alone, there are some classrooms on campus that are left empty at times during the day. Explore the building and take note of which rooms are empty when you are free.
Know what helps you focus and harness that.
Hope this post will make your study schedule Simple && Sweet.
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