In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Lauren interviews Erik Fisher from the Beyond The To Do List about productivity hacks for students.
Erik is a productivity expert and has worked in a digital marketing and communications role at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is also the author of Ready, Aim, Fire: A Practical Guide to Setting and Achieving Goals.*
This episode is part 2 in a 2 part series. To learn more about social media and college admissions from an insider’s perspective (part 1 of this series), listen to Episode 13 of The College Checklist Podcast.
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About Erik Fisher
Tips for Parents
- Leverage activities and interests that your student likes to help motivate them to accomplish the things that they need to accomplish.
- Help your student learn to compartmentalize his tasks so that his is either working hard and being productive or fully enjoying a break.
- Once in a while, let your student off the hook. Give her occasional permission to walk away from a task and have some fun.
- Embrace the seasonality of the school year and pace yourself.
Tips for Students
- Find under-leveraged pockets of time to get your work done. For example, use lunch to go to the library and get work done.
- Use the principles of the Pomodoro Technique to help you retain more when you’re studying. Don’t study everything in 1 sitting. Work hard for 20 minutes, then take a 5 minute break. Repeat until your task is complete.
- Create a ritual around your work time. Have a mantra, a clean desk, a stretching protocol, or a favorite white noise track. Figure out what helps you focus the most and it will boost your productivity. (Some white noise resources online are Coffitivity, Focus@Will, and various smartphone apps.)
- Take a break when you get home from school so that you have a chance to recharge. Decompression time is important.
- Do something you enjoy every day to help separate the school day from the school night.
- Determine the best time of day for you to do the things you need to do and do the things you want to do so that you can be a well-rounded person.
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