We’re all familiar with the way that a lot of college students study and work. When we say that we worked for three hours on that paper, what we really mean is that we worked for ten minutes and then checked Facebook for fifteen, stared at your screen for five minutes, wrote a couple of emails for twenty.

As we know, this is not the most productive way to work. We all need breaks while we work, but it is far more effective for you to consciously block your time during the day into purely work time and to purely break time. When the two intermingle, you’re neither really being productive or taking a break. As a result, you’ll keep half working and half relaxing, while not getting anything done nor actually feeling relaxed. It’s an evil cycle that you need to learn to break as a student if you’re ever going to be productive.

Lifehacker wrote a great article about how to think about breaking this system. Try working with absolutely no distractions for a large chunk of time, either an hour or two. You’ll be amazed at how much work you’ll have gotten done. After you get done with that chunk, you will understandably feel mentally fatigued. This is when you get to use your break to fully recuperate from your mentally taxing work session. Take a walk, clean your room, or watch some TV. This way of studying and working takes much more self-discipline but you’ll find that it is much more effective and rewarding.

What do you think of this way of studying and working? Let us know in the comments!

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