Ten tips for being super-productive


Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Midwifery
Category: Nursing and midwifery

8 April 2020

Being productive can be a challenge, especially during times like these when we're social distancing and our usual daily routines get thrown up into the air. But fear not, here are my tips for getting motivated!

Find a routine

It can help organise your day and manage your time.

Get important tasks done in the morning

It's when your most focused. Don’t wait till after lunch (…guilty!).

Get a good night’s sleep

I know this can be hard as our routines are all over the place. But a good night’s sleep allows your body to rest, unwind and refocus for the next day.

Have a short to-do list

Don’t overfill them, keep them simple but realistic and try to stick them. It can be fulfilling and motivating when you start to see things you’ve accomplished.


When it comes to University work, try and focus on one assignment or revision as you can get yourself in a muddle. Perhaps schedule the morning to work on an essay and revision in the afternoon, allowing you to focus on one particular task at a time.

Have breaks, little and often

Come back to things with a fresh mind can really help, even if that means sitting in the garden, reading a book (non-academic), having a cup of tea, listening to music, joining a video chat with friends/family, etc.

Take regular exercise

I have found this gives me more energy and gets me ready to start to the day, especially before doing my dissertation.

I have found PE with Joe Wicks to be really good at the moment, although it has made me realise how unfit I am! There are many YouTube videos and apps to get involved in, whether it is simple exercises, workouts or yoga. It's all about finding what you enjoy.

Reward yourself for completing tasks

This can be with a short break or little activities as previously mentioned. Or even something sweet (chocolate!).

Take a break

Have a day or two in the week, whether during the week or weekend where you can do what you want and have a break from work. It’s important have time for YOURSELF.

Reach out

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re struggling. ARU has fantastic study support skills sessions and student services to help guide and support you, as well as keeping in contact with your lecturers who can help.

Your friends in your cohort can also support you and give motivation as they may be feeling the same. Don’t forget to reach out to each other. #ARUTogether

Looking to the future

Although our University campuses are closed at the moment, we're still accepting and processing applications for courses starting in September 2020.

If you're concerned about the impact of coronavirus on your studies, exams or university application, check our information and guidance for prospective students. We're here to help.


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