There is no shame in the procrastination game, but let's be honest, it’s the epitome of countless college student’s productivity. While pulling all nighters to finish a paper or saving a semester research project until the final two weeks may have been acceptable in college, this kind of work ethic is not acceptable in the workplace.
College won’t last forever, so whether you're on the heels of graduation or have recently enrolled, consider adjusting your productivity habits now to influence your success during the transition from academia to a career. Here are 3 simple, yet effective tips to influence productivity.
Make Lists: Have you ever reached that point in the semester where everything seems to pile up at once? This feeling can be grimly overwhelming, but easily avoidable. Making a list as you navigate your way through the semester is an imperative habit to your organization and academic success. Lists act as a useful reference tool to keep you on track, and with each task you cross off you’ll feel a little weight lifted off of your shoulders.
Minimize Distractions: Make sure to set aside dedicated time to complete your work, this will help you stay focused and on track. If you have big plans or are working more, plan accordingly and prioritize your school work. Trying to squeeze in your school work during sporadic openings in your schedule will only suppress your ability to reach your full potential. Instead, set aside a few hours per week dedicated to school work in a quiet and uninterrupted environment.
Treat Yourself: Being academically responsible doesn't mean all work and no play. Remember to treat yourself, after all college is truly hard work. Take some time to go out with friends, buy yourself lunch or even just watch some Netflix. Dedicating every free minute you have to school work will only make the experience more tedious. Self care is important and will help you feel refreshed, re-energized and motivated to complete your work on schedule.
These tips, if applied to your current productivity habits, will positively influence a smooth transition from college to the workplace. Organization is a pillar of success in any professional setting and is a valued attribute by potential employers. Adjusting your organizational skills now will give you an advantage in the competitive hiring landscape.