Hey hello friends!
Sorry for the complete lack of posts last week- I came back to school and was immediately swept up by finals prep and officer transitions for my sorority.
The next weeks are a little crazy for me with the end of classes and finals coming around. This week is the last full week of classes and I have a full lab exam and a final lecture exam, and next week I have two papers and a take home assignment (which is really another essay) due on Monday, which is the last day of classes for the semester. With these crazy amounts of work, I'm trying to maximize my studying, but also maximize my study breaks.
On Sunday alone, I worked for 6 hours straight in the library, then went to chapter and dinner and then went to work for another 4-5 hours. It's a little crazy to work such long chunks for me, so I've been developing the best study breaks I can for myself, and I figured I'd share them with you too!
The things I've found that are the most productive study breaks for me are:
1) Shifting to a new space- so somehow getting out of the current physical place I'm in, whether it's leaving the library for a short while or even moving libraries or study spaces.
2) In getting out of the library, it's great to take a little walk. The libraries, at least at our school, feel stifling and filled with stale air so it's nice to get out and get something new in your system. I tend to walk to the closest coffeeshop or Starbucks for the fresh air and a cup of caffeine fix!
3) Setting a timer for study breaks is the best way for me. If I'm heading out of the library, I'll set a time that I need to be back by. If it's a shorter break, I'll set a timer on my phone for X amount of minutes, or I'll look at the clock and say that I'll be back by the nearest quarter, half hour or hour, depending on the time. Setting a specific time gives me a goal to reach and motivation!
4) If I feel really winded and tired and in need of a study break, I'll do something mindless like watching an episode (or two) of Chopped or Archer. If I need something that's more of a pep in my step and some motivation to keep going, I'll grab coffee or a meal or snack with a friend or I'll call a friend or call home. Getting to see a face instead of a screen or piles of books is a nice change and more often than not you can commiserate with your friend or family about whatever it is that is stressing you out!
5) Sometimes, I get more stressed out knowing that I have things on my to do list that I need to get to, even if they're of a lower priority than whatever I'm currently working on. Taking 5, 10, 15 minutes to knock something out always makes me feel a little better about going back into my work.
Hope my study break tips helped you, whether you're using them to study or as breaks during a long day of work! Good luck on whatever it is that you're working on! Do you have any tips on being more productive during breaks?