Midterms season is finally upon us. Between morning, afternoon, and late night cramming sessions, it’s hard to find time to breathe. Here are a few ways to make your week of cramming slightly less frantic, and a little more productive.
prepare the night before
From writing your to-dos for the next day, to setting out your workout gear, prepare the night before. Give your morning self a break and get all the little tasks done and out of the way. Not only will it free up time to do other things, it’ll help reduce decision fatigue too.
Start Pomodoro Studying
The hardest part about studying is just getting started. I purchased this adorable, little yellow egg-shaped timer from Daiso to start Pomodoro studying. I set a timer for 30 minutes, turn my cellphone off and put it in my drawer, and start chugging away at work. When the timer’s up, I take a ten minute break to avoid fatigue, and then get back to work.
I’m so incredibly guilty of skipping meals due to a lack of preparation. So I’ve started meal prepping - batch cooking a small variety of meals to be eaten throughout the week. Not only will it save you a ton of time, it’ll also prevent those hangry moments where you’re in a horrible mood don’t quite know why.
Feeling down in the dumps, burnt out, or stressed? Take a walk. A ten minute walk filled with fresh air and sunshine will do both the mind and the body wonders. It’ll release endorphins, and a little splash of Vitamin-D will help keep seasonal depression away.
Early to bed, early to rise
You don’t have to get up at 5 am, but set a definitive bedtime and rise time for yourself, especially if your schedule changes daily. Having finite bed and rise times will help make sure there’s enough time to do everything you want to get done in the day.