One of the best things about distance learning is that you get the freedom to study wherever suits you best – and whenever is convenient for you! While this is a blessing for anyone who studies from home, some people can find it hard to stay motivated and productive. We’ve come up with some top tips to help boost that productivity and keep yourself motivated throughout your course. You’ll soon be working smarter, without having to work harder. And, you’ll be sailing through your distance learning course in no time!
Set a Schedule
One of the key ways to stay productive in any aspect of your life is to write a list and set a schedule. First, make a note of everything you need to get done in any given day or week. Then, prioritise that list. What are the most important things to get finished? Make sure your distance learning course takes one of the top spots! Now you can schedule in all of your activities, using a calendar or planner. It’s a good idea to do this at the night before, so everything is fresh in your mind. It will also stop you procrastinating first thing in the morning.
Did you know that most people’s brains are wired to be more productive around an hour or two after they wake up? This is when you want to complete the hardest tasks on your list. If you start your day checking emails and completing menial jobs, you’ll find yourself in a lethargic mood for the rest of the day. Instead, make sure you’re doing all of the tough stuff first. If you’ve got to complete a project for your distance learning course then get started on that in the morning (if possible). Things like reading or making notes can be done later on in the day.
Set a Goal
We all tend to work a lot harder when we know we’ve got a certain goal to aim for. Make a list of all the things you want to achieve over the next month, 3 months, 6 months, and a year. It could be that you want to complete your distance learning course in a year. Perhaps you want to finish your next unit within a month. Make a note of all these goals and it will give you a boost of productivity. You can even promise yourself a small reward every time you tick one of the goals off the list. Whatever you need to do, to push you that little bit further.
So, it’s now over to you. Get that pen and paper out, start writing those lists, and set yourself some goals. By knowing what keeps you productive, you’ll find it a breeze to get everything done. It may even help with other aspects of your life, such as at work. Good luck!
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