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7 Steps to Turn Your Stress Into Productivity

Updated: Feb 15

Here, I provide 7 steps you can follow to help manage your time more effectively and avoid burnout!

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๐Ÿญ. ๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ฑ! Start by adding your ongoing activities (e.g. lectures, labs, tutorials, extra-curriculars, etc.) to a calendar or agenda. Check out these FREE printable planners.

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๐Ÿฎ. ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€! If you have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish, you are more likely to work towards it. Need some help? Check out this guide on setting SMART goals.

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๐Ÿฏ. ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ! List all your tasks for the week and/or month (e.g. lab reports, essays, midterms, etc.) and their due dates. Classify them based on importance and work on high-priority tasks first. For example, a report due in two days may be โ€˜urgentโ€™ while a report due in two months may be of โ€˜low importanceโ€™ at the moment

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๐Ÿฐ. ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ! Having a weekly study/work plan can help you stay on top of your course material. Donโ€™t forget to schedule time for fun activities too. Balance is crucial.

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๐Ÿฑ. ๐——๐—ผ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ธ! This can be distracting and inefficient. Try to focus on completing one task at the time.

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๐Ÿฒ. ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐˜€! You can go for a walk, grab a cup of tea, stretch, meditate or perform any other activity that helps you recharge. Take a 10-min break for every 50-min work session. Try not to get too distracted though and avoid the use of electronics โ€“ most of us will likely scroll on our phones or watch TV for longer than 10 minutes.

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๐Ÿณ. ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜† โ€œ๐—ป๐—ผโ€! Taking on too many tasks/activities can be counterproductive and end up becoming too overwhelming. It is okay to be honest. Your mental health is much more important.

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