- How, when and where do you study best?
- What motivates, rewards and distracts you?
- Put tasks into a ‘Priority Matrix’.
- Know the difference between 'important' and 'urgent' tasks.
Use calendars and planners
- Colour code your week and allocate slots for studying.
- Break big projects into smaller tasks, each with a deadline.
Try the Pomodoro method
- Working in 25-minute bursts (with a 5-minute break in between) helps with concentration.
Use technology to help you
- Calendars, productivity apps, reminders and to-do lists such as Drop Task and Wunderlist.
- Get started by looking at 'No DSA software? No problem'.
Routines are more powerful than willpower
- But they take time to establish. So get started!
Available as a mobile app for iOS and Android and also a Chrome extension, Forest helps you put down your phone and get productive!
A free online tool to help you manage tasks and projects, using visual boards. Create lists with draggable cards, then add links, colour coding, checklists, reminders and more.
If you have lots of open tabs, OneTab extension for Chrome and Firefox will convert them into a single list, freeing up memory and speeding up your computer. Click to reopen tabs or save and export.
Use this Chrome extension to select your five most important tasks. These will appear when you open a new tab to remind you.
Chrome extension which helps you limit or block distracting websites.
Skills for success: The personal development planning handbookThis book will help you to think about personal, academic and career goals and to plan a path to success.
teamganttTeamgantt is a simple online software for creating gantt charts via drag and drop.
Tomato TimerFree online Pomodoro timer.
Procrastination and the Pomodoro techniqueYouTube video about how to beat procrastination using the Pomodoro technique
Productivity 101: A Primer to The Pomodoro TechniqueGreat guide to getting organised with the Pomodoro method.
Organising yourself - University of SheffieldInteractive, audio-led guidance and information from the University of Sheffield. Learning styles, time management and memory are covered. Contains drag-and-drop practice exercises.
Focus Keeper FreeFree Pomodoro timer for iOS.
Focus Matrix – Task ManagerFree Priority Matrix app for iOS.
Footnotes VMTFootnotes is a Visual Multilayered Thinking process developed by Oliver West.
Get focused - 13 tools to eliminate distractions todayA round-up of some of the most useful tools and apps for cutting down on distractions.
Inside the mind of a master procrastinatorTED talk by Tim Urban – inside the mind of a master procrastinator.
Drop TaskCreate visual to-do lists with items grouped together by colour. Can set dates, link files, choose priority etc. Useful for group projects too.
6 things productive people do every dayMost Productive People: 6 Things They Do Every Day - tips from Eric Barker's 'Barking up the wrong tree' blog.
Establish a routine and prepare yourself for busy study periods