Tips for staying productive in school


By Maya Fankulewski 

Staying productive/ Junior Emily Fankulewski uses the Pomodoro studying technique to finish her science homework. By staying motivated, she was able to turn in all of her assignments on time. Photo by Maya Fankulewski

Staying productive and turning in assignments on time can be difficult to accomplish without any motivation. By having a good sleep schedule, completing school work in intervals, and having a reward system, it is easier to finish every school assignment efficiently and on time. Setting realistic goals and having a positive mental state are important for earning excellent grades. 

A healthy sleep schedule is key to having a productive school day. A good night of sleep leads to a successful school day of finishing assignments and turning everything in on time. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has recommended that teenagers should sleep 8-10 hours each night to be well-rested for the school day ahead. A clear mind is also essential for a productive day as it can be difficult to get assignments done in a bad mood. Some ways to clear the mind are by doing yoga, meditation and saying positive affirmations. It is also important to make time in the day for hobbies such as playing an instrument, baking desserts or playing a sport. An equally energized and relaxed mind produces a positive and fulfilling day.

“I make sure not to go to sleep too late on a school night so that I can wake up feeling productive and ready for the school day,” Junior Dhanvi Yuvaraj said. “Sleep is important because when I’m tired, it gets harder for me to finish all my assignments.”

Staying concentrated and focusing on finishing every school assignment is great, but it’s also important to take breaks. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management system that helps many people get work done faster. To use this method, separate doing school work into 25-minute intervals separated by five-minute breaks. According to the Cleveland Clinic, giving the brain a break can improve mood, boost performance, increase ability to concentrate and ultimately help finish every task. Although it would seem to counteract getting work done, breaks will actually help in the long run. 

“This year I started using the Pomodoro studying method, and it’s really helped me improve my grades,” Junior Emily Fankulewski said. “I used to be very unproductive, but lately I’ve been turning in all my work on time.”

In order to get a realistic amount of school work done, it is important to have a realistic goal. Having a planner to write down everything can be helpful to managing time. Another great way to stay productive is setting up a reward system. For example, once a daily goal of turning in every assignment is reached, find a reward like getting a coffee, playing a video game, or hanging out with friends. 

Although it can be really challenging to finish an assignment, it is something that must be done. Managing time, taking breaks, and having a reward system will help achieve every academic goal. Stay motivated, finish assignments on time and leave procrastination behind.

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Maya Fankulewski, junior, is a second year writer for “The Roar.” She enjoys writing features and opinion pieces. In her free time, she hangs out with her friends, practices the piano and volunteers in the community. In addition, Maya enjoys traveling and trying new things. She hopes to pursue a career that involves journalism.