5 alternative ways to be productive

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Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about productivity, especially the ways in which we can be hard on ourselves if we do something other than work. This is something I struggle with, and it’s always a bit of a balancing act between spending enough time on work and making sure I’m relaxing and doing other things too. So in this post I thought I would offer five ways that you can still be productive, if you too struggle with only equating doing university work as being “productive”. In reality, lots of things are, including the all important relaxation!

  • Do a chore or something you’ve been meaning to do for ages, but make it fun! This will of course look different for everyone but personally I like to go do my weekly food shop, which gets me outside and on a bit of a walk (it’s 15 minutes to my nearest supermarket), and on the way I will usually listen to some music or an interesting podcast, just to make the whole experience of food shopping a bit more enjoyable!
  • Ring a friend or family member: remember, relaxing is productive! Enjoy having a little rant if you want to, or alternatively, tell them all the things you’ve been enjoying recently (which may or may not be to do with university!). Allow yourself to relax as you have a chat with your nearest and dearest.
  • Watch an episode of your favourite TV show: I’ve found this to be an ideal revision break, especially if the episode is maybe 20 or 30 minutes. It allows you a complete break from work and any unwelcome thoughts whizzing around your head, as you become immersed in the show.
  • Do a digital cleanse: Sometimes in life there can just be too much clutter, and this can apply to our desktops too. So this is a great way to still feel like you’re being productive even if what you’re doing isn’t particularly taxing! Whether you decide to sort out some of your online photo files, or perhaps even go through your Instagram and unfollow ones you no longer find interesting or inspiring, I guarantee you’ll feel happier and ‘cleaner’ afterwards.
  • Do some batch cooking: Not only can cooking be therapeutic and fun, but it can also just save you a lot of time and unnecessary stress. If you’re struggling to focus on your work, decide intentionally to take an hour or two out to cook up a few batches of meals which can then go in the freezer. A few weeks down the line when you’re tired and just want something quick to eat, you’ll be grateful to your past self.

Words by Hope Elliott

Hope and Vicky are your lifestyle editors.

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