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In order to take control of the amount of work you put in, the amount of time you study or the amount of time you dedicate to something you are not that keen on you should adopt some of the tips I'll tell you here.
From the moment we wake up, we start a routine, a habit. Turning off the alarm, stretching, getting up, washing our faces whatever. Taking action through a certain trigger is called a habit.
Habits allow the brain to save energy and perform common tasks efficiently and in a certain way automatically. Scientists say that 40% of all your actions in a day are already habits. So what does it take for you to take a look?
Habits have an amazing power if applied right. They can be broken down into 3 parts :
THE CUE - Something that triggers your brain to go into HABIT MODE.
THE ROUTINE - Performing the action, the actual habit, that was previously triggered by the cue.
THE REWARD - The sense of accomplishment, I really small release of dopamine in your brain, and on you go.
If you take these 3 small steps into bigger things, they can really impact your professional and personal life.
Named it myself in order to show you how fast this really is. Performing a Habit
Habits should not take more than 3 minutes. At least the baby habits shouldn't.
Make the cue efficient and easy to remember. Make it such that you automatically get up and perform the action.
Habits get old really quickly if you don't have your paradigms and what you want in life well defined. Something you need to make habits effective is consistency.
Everything that has value in life comes from consistency. To achieve consistency doesn't mean you need to achieve perfection, it just means you need to keep pushing and keep on doing what you set yourself to.
Get used to failing and getting knocked down once in a whiu
Learn to use pain and pleasure links - this is the automation of good things linked to pleasure and rewards, and the connection of bad things to pain and punishment.
It is a fact that about 20% of adults suffer from over-procrastination. Think to yourself. Does it make any sense for you to leave the assignment you have for next week on Friday to that exact day? Does it make sense to spend 3/4 hours per day on TikTok getting absolutely no value and just postponing the pain you'll have by getting that assignment done?
You have to change this and tell procrastination to go else where.
You have to link a higher pleasure to finishing a project or an assignment. You have to link higher pain to leaving the assignment to the day of its delivery.
You could go for a drink after you finish an assignment earlier than supposed to, or you could play video games after you finish it.
And if you fall into the whole loop of doing the assignment later, later and later, link a huge amount of pain to that.
I am a portuguese student living in Lisbon. I'm currently taking a Bachelor's in Management at Nova SBE.
People who want to hire workers look at ways of improving efficiency, and what one individual will bring to the table. As so, learning to be efficient is very important.
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