9 Great Student Hacks for the New Year
With the start of a new calendar year, it’s time to make resolutions! Will you strive to be more organized, live a more balanced life, or focus on studying for the NCLEX? Is stress something you’re looking to reduce in 2018? Whatever your goals, we’ve got life hacks and tips to make the next year the best one yet. After all, new year, new you!
#1 Stay organized
Staying organized is a surefire way to start the year right. Consider taking notes on your computer, so you can organize and label them by date. You can also easily search topics and keywords in digital notes. If writing by hand is more your style, stay organized with color-coordinated binders or notebooks. When you start the semester in an orderly fashion, reviewing for finals at the end of the semester is that much easier. Being organized can drastically reduce stress as well. If you find yourself anxious about school, take a step back and reassess your organizational setup.
#2 Cut out distractions
Make the most of your studying time by cutting away distractions. Without the siren call of social media or binge watching TV episodes, you’ll be able to focus on your work and get it done more quickly. Multitasking doesn’t foster the best results, so do one thing at a time and focus! Take it slow, and start memorizing and studying material at the beginning of the semester. By using your time more thoughtfully, you can also get more sleep! It’s an all-around win!
#3 Start difficult tasks early
When looking at your to-do list, it’s always tempting to start with the quick and easy stuff. Resist the urge and instead dive into your big projects. Working incrementally over time lets you take your time on large, important assignments, and provides time to reflect on the work you’ve completed. This ensures nothing gets left to the last minute and also reduces your stress level since due dates won’t be hanging over your head.
#4 Celebrate success
Take the time to celebrate your successes, no matter how big or small, and reward yourself for hard work. Instead of dwelling on potential mistakes, celebrating your success fosters a positive worldview. Treat yourself by reading a great book, buying yourself a delicious treat, or spending extra time with friends on the weekend. Either way, make sure you take the time to celebrate yourself.
#5 Take time to exercise
When you’re really busy, exercising can feel like a luxury you don’t have time for. Wrong! In fact, exercising is proven to reduce stress and anxiety. It improves your mood and raises endorphin levels. Make it a social activity and invite some friends along! Start a running group that keeps you on a schedule, or take a book along to the gym and read a few chapters while on the treadmill. There are countless ways to integrate exercise into your routine, you just need to find the one that works for you.
#6 Join a study group
Another good way to start the new year is by joining or starting a killer study group. Instead of pairing up with your best friends, find a group of students with differing skillsets and strengths. You can help others in areas you succeed, and they can help you when you need it. A diverse set of skills sets your study group up for success, so pay attention while you’re gathering your crew.
#8 Don’t study in silence
When you do study alone, be sure you’ve got a soundtrack lined up. Different music works for everyone, so if classical tunes aren’t your jam, try listening to nature sounds or jazz. This can help you focus on what you’re reading and block out external distractions. When you can’t be studying, consider getting a little extra information by listening to nursing podcasts. Whether it’s on your drive to school or while doing the dishes, listening to a podcast is a great way to get some hands-free learning!
#9 Build your routine
Now’s the time to turn all these tips into habits. Having a routine that promotes health and wellness is the perfect way to keep stress levels down while still doing everything you need to for school, work, and family life. If you build a routine to exercise after class and then review notes after dinner, soon you’ll be doing it every day. The new year and new semester is a chance to form some great new habits, so let’s get started.
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