- 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!
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.
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.
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.
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