How do you manage your study and work schedule with the added challenge of workload and stress? Here are my 10 tips for well-being and study success:
Tip #1 – Always identify deadlines
Ask for extensions if necessary.
Set times for doing and finishing things and stick to it. Write deadlines in places where you can easily see and remember which tasks are priority and when they are due.
Tip #2 – Ask questions
What, why, when, how?
These are all simple but important questions we need to ask about things that we are supposed to do. Time is precious so it’s important you ask questions about the benefit and impact of tasks you’ve been set. Ask questions especially for clarification.
There is a proverb in Hausa, ‘The questioner is never lost‘.
Tip #3 – Learn from feedback
Mistakes are both unavoidable and necessary for us to learn. We learn from both what we did and what we didn’t do well.
As a teacher, I spend time giving feedback to help learners develop and learn from what they did or didn’t do and how they can do better. So whenever you receive feedback on your work, make sure you understand that teachers only give you feedback to support your progress not to criticise your efforts.
Tip #4 – Know when to stop
Say no to yourself and/or others when you can’t or simply don’t want to do something.
As hard as it may be, it will benefit you in the long run if you are honest about what you are able to do realistically from the onset.
Nobody is a superhuman and you are no exception. Sometimes things are simply not possible to do and that is absolutely OK.
Tip #5 – Take regular breaks
Rebooting is necessary.
You have the power to set the reset button anytime you like. Your mind and body are not machines, so it’s important to give yourself time and space to detach from your workload regularly.
Try to incorporate regular breaks for water, fresh air, body stretches (especially if you spend a lot of time at a desk) and food or snacks into your work schedule.
Tips #6 – Keep a happy workspace
Your mind needs inspiration to work effectively.
Find a space that makes you feel happy or decorate your workspace with things that make you smile like photos of your favourite places or quotes from inspirational people.
If you have awards or certificates from previous achievements, why not display these too? This will encourage you especially when you’re not feeling your best by reminding you of how your previous hard work has paid off.
Tip #7 – Talk about it
What are you up to? What’s bothering you?
Whatever it is don’t keep it in. Share ideas with your peers and other people to collaborate on managing time, study skills, productivity or anything else that interests you.
You should also be able to talk to your tutors, lecturers or student well-being officers. If you have some really important things that are bothering you, you should seek professional help.
Tip #8 – Go outside
Sometimes you just have to say no, both to yourself and to others.
It might be difficult, but sometimes it’s absolutely necessary. You can’t always do it all at once.
Nobody is superhuman and you are no exception.
Tip #9 – Enjoy the process
Studying is fun, if approached with the correct mindset.
Think positively about the tasks ahead and you are far more likely to enjoy doing them. If you enjoy what you are doing, it will be a lot easier. So focus on the process and you will see positive outcomes.
Tip #10 -Relax
If you’ve done your best, you’ve done pretty much everything.
Now relax and let it come together. Detach yourself from your work now and watch it all fall into place.
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