Imagine that you’re lounging on your couch reading a thrilling book (not very hard to imagine I assume), when you finish the last chapter and look at the clock… you almost fall of the couch because you have read the day away, and you still have loads of stuff waiting for you.
That (regretfully) happens to the best of us, here are some tips and tricks to make sure you have your work ready and have the time to read that precious book of yours. Five tips to divide your time between business and pleasure:
#1 You can enjoy your book better when everything else it out of the way
You won’t have that nagging voice in the back of your head telling you that you’ve got work to be finished. To enjoy reading time fully force that voice to shut up and finish what you have still left open. This mantra works wonders for motivating yourself to finish everything/or the most important tasks.
#2 Take the time to plan
Don’t hurry when you’re planning, after all Haste makes waste! So take your time planning your tasks. What helps for me is deciding what I need to finish, which deadline is the earliest and make time blocks. I work on my one item per time for about 1 to 2 hours, after that (even when it’s not finished) I take some downtime, let my mind relax, for about 30 minutes. When that time is done I continue working on the items in the same way. I find that I finish my work quickly and efficiently.
Thus remember, plan what you have to do. Make time blocks (1-2 hours for work rime and 30-60 minutes for relax time) and continue in that cycle.
#3 Don’t wear yourself out
This is mentioned in the previous paragraph, but really do take a break in between studying/working. It will help with getting everything finished in an efficient way. You won’t have that lacklustre moment staring blankly at your screen, if you take some time in between to relax. What I do to make sure I keep on my break time is set an alarm. When everything is finished I can do whatever I want
#4 First thing first
Make a list of what you really need to have finished, most of the times it isn’t a very long list (better for you right?). Note these task in your task list and take it in account when you’re planning, you don’t’ need to do all this on one day. You know your deadlines, plan accordingly. This has to do with the next point.
#5 Stay on top off it
Stay on top of it! Really! I know it is a bit annoying at time, but it will help a lot. When you have to read a chapter every week, just read them in that week, it’ll make your life so much easier. I know everyone says this; it took me awhile to actually start doing this. For example: I download the PDF files from school on my Smartphone and read them while commuting, an efficient way to get it out of my way and use that commuting time in a useful way.
This time the blog post was a bit dry, and probably full of stuff you already know. Sorry all, but I hope it was helpful! Let me know what you thought of the tips and: What do you do to get more time for reading? Do you do some of the tips I talked about, or do you just read and then pull an allnighter (like I used to do…)?