How To Increase Your Productivity

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Hi guys! As a medical student and general procrastinator of everything in life, I'm always looking for ways to make myself more productive. Over the last year or two I've tried a lot of different strategies to try and increase my productivity and I think I've finally found some that work pretty well for me, so I thought I'd share some of them with you today.

Work out if you're able to study with music on
I used to think I could study fine with music on, but lately I've found that it can get in the way of me remembering things as effectively. Through a bit of trial and error, I've worked out that there are certain situations where music can help me and others where it just stops me from thinking straight. For example, when I'm just copying down notes listening to music can help keep me motivated, whereas when I'm trying to understand or memorise a complicated concept music most definitely does not help! So it's best to work out whether you're able to focus better with or without music so you can be as productive as possible.

Listen to music on a seperate device to what you're studying on. 
This might sound like a weird tip, but stick with me! If you do find that you can listen to music whilst studying, make a point of doing it on a seperate device-for example if you're typing on your laptop, listen to music from your phone or iPod if possible. My reasoning for this is that if I have my headphones plugged into my laptop, i'm ten times more likely to just click into Youtube or Facebook and start watching videos-whereas if I have my headphones plugged into something else, that little effort of unplugging them and then plugging them into my laptop can discourage me from getting distracted. I'm not sure if this just makes me sound super lazy, but it works!

Install a blocking software. 
If you're anything like me, you can try as many nice techniques like leaving your phone in another room as you like...I'll still find a way to get on Facebook and waste half an hour in the blink of an eye. I finally gave up playing nice with myself a while ago and installed a blocking software on my laptop. I use StayFocusd, which is a google chrome extension, and I'd totally recommend it-I've tailored it to let me on Facebook for only 15 minutes per day, and then it blocks my access until the next day. I've also deleted the Facebook app from my phone (I kept messenger though) which is really helpful. It might sound a bit hardcore but it seriously helps if you're lacking in the self control department like me!

Change up your location. 
This is a tip that can be a bit hit-and-miss with me, but when it works it seriously works! If I'm really struggling to get myself in the zone trying to get work done in my usual study spot, it can often help to move to a new spot to try and get myself in the right mindset. I can sometimes find it hard to settle in a new spot, but if I'm not getting things done in my usual place I'll take a little break to reset, make some coffee or a snack and take myself to a new spot to start over-usually somewhere outside or the library. Sometimes a fresh start is all you need to kick yourself into being productive!

Be kind to yourself. 
I'm such a reward oriented person (aren't we all?), so I find it really useful to consistently reward myself with breaks or snacks (healthy ones where possible) whilst studying. I also find it super useful to tell myself I can do something really nice in the evening if I just get this done, like go out for dinner or watch a movie. I find it so motivating when I know I have to get things done so I can go have my fun time afterwards! 

I'm now going to ruin your good impression of me being super productive by telling you I'm writing this post while procrastinating finishing a uni assignment... #soproductive

So what methods do you guys use to increase your productivity? I'd love to know! 
Kate x


  1. Hi dear :) I really like this post, very useful! I love prductive days but sometimes is hard to start ! But I'm lucky because if I start a good studying session I'll never stop until I finish all my work. This is how I do.. even if sometime I'm crazy at the end of the day haha

  2. That's so strange, but I've recently started doing the listening on a different device thing, and I'm exactly like you its wayy to much effort to unplug and replug ahahaha :D

    Loved this post! ( although I'm supposed be planning a lesson but I feel like this post was worthy of me taking time to read it!) I've missed your advice posts <3

    So much love,

    Anne //

  3. I've just found your blog and I'm loving it already!
    This post on productivity is really helpful I will definitely be using some of your tips :)

    All the best,

    Megan //