Meet Olivia and Mollie, our organisational queens here at h&h. We have come up with a list of tips and tricks to being productive and organised whilst having a work and study lifestyle.
What is your number one study tip?
Find a space that you are most productive in – free from distractions.
Study when you are relaxed. Feel comfortable within your environment.
What do you believe are the rules of organisation, when juggling work/study lifestyle?
- Setting small goals to meet bigger goals
- Keep things in order always
- Don’t procrastinate – just do it
Plan, plan, plan and prioritise your goals.
When studying I do 2-3 questions per day and before you know it your assessment will be one step closer to being finished.
If I think the assessment is challenging, I will tackle the difficult questions/tasks first so I’m not thinking about the harder tasks.
What is your go to drink for study?
Tea or plenty of water
Coffee – it keeps me going, anytime of the day. I always have water with me too.
What type of environment do you believe makes you most productive?
I personally find the office environment to be most productive. Don’t get me wrong, my bed on a Sunday is pretty productive as well. I need background noise – preferably instrumental music or white noise. I love to have a candle burning with fresh air coming in from the window. I usually prefer to not be wearing shoes but in winter I will wear bed socks. Love comfy clothes – pj’s are the best!
My environment must also be clean before I can start working. I always wipe/dust down my desk before I start studying.
A quiet environment and light! Light through the window or sitting outside in the fresh air if this is possible.
Do you have any sources/ applications or websites that make studying easier?
I don’t use any apps but I often make a commitment to a person that I am more likely to uphold than a promise I make to myself. For example, I will tell my manager that I will submit a unit by the end of the month to be held accountable.
A whiteboard or a planner to write down your tasks to be achieved that day.
What do you believe are healthy habits for a productive day?
I enjoy going for a walk before studying – this stops me from fidgeting whilst sitting at my desk. I am more likely to snack on fruit or cheese and biscuits than anything else during the day. I would also recommend eating all three meals and drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
Drink water, eat healthy and sunlight. I also avoid having my phone around me when studying as it can be a huge distraction.
Having adequate breaks- you can’t forget to stretch and eat.
What is your interpretation on figuring out your ‘why power’?
I associate my ‘why power’ in all aspects of my life – work, personal and education. All my goals are interrelated, especially when it comes to the courses I am studying. One goal leads to another which leads to another.
One’s ‘why power’ has to come from their own motivation, not someone else’s. It is your own journey, your own understanding.
What motivates you to complete these tasks? Is there a larger outcome?
Is there something you wake up each morning for that reminds you of your why power?
Is it small goals that will lead to the bigger goals?
For me I am saving for a house therefore continue to work, save a certain amount each week.
And lastly, how do you think people can integrate these into their daily lives?
I believe it is like everything – one step at a time. Introduce small adjustments and stick to the
m. Find what motivates you.
Have motivation behind you to keep you going and think about the future and why you are doing this.
Write on a whiteboard or create a vision board so you are constantly reminded of your will power.