How to Maintain your Productivity as a Cal Student

Academic courses at UC Berkeley, the top public university in the world, are already rigorous enough…what happens when you can’t focus OR get easily distracted? How can you AS A STUDENT maintain productivity to be successful in YOUR courses? Well, you’re in the right place. I’ve got the answers for you.

Getting that A+ is easier when your productive!

Before we dive into the secrets of maintaining your productivity as a UC Berkeley student, feel free to take some time to think about the “time consumers” (ANYTHING that takes up your time) and distractions that currently happen in your everyday life. These can include the time that you spend on social media (TikTok, Instagram, Youtube, Facebook, etc.), the time you explore the internet/watch television, or the time you end up wasting by playing games. There are many distractions out there, but concentrate specifically on your own time consumers. Feel free to list them out on a piece of paper….Now, think of the commitments that you are involved in. Whether these are your extracurriculars, such as student organizations/committees, your employment at a company, or the time that you spend developing relationships with your friend or a loved one. This is the 1st phase in maintaining your productivity (there will be a total of 2 phases).

Get ride of distractions and time consumers!

From the 2 lists that you created, calculate the total amount of time that these activities take up. This can give you an estimate of the amount of time that you are dedicating to events other than your academic courses. By doing this, you are taking one step towards a more productive lifestyle because you are acknowledging the different types of events that are considered as distractions—activities that pull you away from your long term goals, in this case your academic success. Now, it’s time for the 2nd phase: removing those distractions AND time consumers from your schedule by building healthy sustainable habits. These habits will improve your productivity by reducing the amount of events you need to dedicate your attention to. In the beginning, it will be extremely difficult to change your behavior and habit (such as not checking your phone or social media until everything for the day has been completed). But…good news! Only the first few weeks will be hardest-as you slowly grow accustomed to your new schedule and habits without distractions.

In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to replace the time committed to your  distractions. If you believe it’s worth sacrificing in order to become more efficient and productive with your schedule, then, by all means, take your time switching to a new healthy habit. This switch will not only improve your work efficiency (spending less time on assignments), but it will also give you more time to work (due to your removal of distractions).

Although this may sound intuitive, try this strategy out! You’ll be more conscious and efficient with your time once you realize how much of it is actually being wasted. Cheers to productivity!

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Author: Vincent Ooi

HEY EVERYONE! I'm Vince, pleased to meet you. As an upcoming junior at UC Berkeley, I have plenty of tips as well as "extraordinary" stories to share with you....EXCLUSIVELY to those that read my posts. I will include life hacks that can help you excel in your years as a student at UC Berkeley or anywhere in the world. The experiences that I'm about to share with you will change your perspective on life as well as your days as a Golden Bear.