Everyone wants that small edge, which can put her/ him ahead of others. One such area is to squeeze in more effective hours into your study schedule.
What if you can stretch your effective daily study hours from eight to ten? It’s hard, no doubt, but achievable. In this post, we will cover seven steps which will help you fight lethargy (plus additional steps you can take to fight sleepiness in the evening) when studying and hence increase your daily output.
Here are several steps you can take to study long hours without getting overly tired or drowsy
Prioritize your schedule: take up difficult topics early in the day
Take up the difficult material in the forenoon when you’re at your best energy wise. (For most people this is the time when they’re most productive. If somehow you’re an exception to this, feel free to take up the difficult material at a time that works for you.) .Such scheduling matches your energy with the difficulty of the task at hand. As a result, you face less challenging topics in the evening, by when you’ve dissipated loads of your physical and mental energy and when tendency to slack is highest.
Exercise
As far as academics are concerned, physical exercise boosts learning ability and long-term memory, and controls anxiety and depression. But the benefits of exercise go beyond: it also improves concentration, alertness, and motivation.
Steal a nap
Steal a nap in the afternoon, and you’ll be in a better position to handle your next session. The little nap can add hours to your schedule in the evening, quality as well as quantity wise.
Eat to maintain energy levels
Although your brain constitutes just 2 percent of your body weight, it guzzles 20 percent of your daily energy intake. Studies have shown that non-pleasurable mentally exhausting tasks – academic learning will fall into this category for most – drain our energy fast.
Therefore it’s important to eat in a way that sustains your energy level. Eat higher proportion foods like oats, porridge, low-sugar museli, granola bars, yogurt with seeds/ nuts, low-fat dairy, soups, salads, anything wholegrain, and most fruits), which release glucose slowly into bloodstream, thereby maintaining energy level for a longer period.
Conserve your mental energy
It is important not to dissipate your energy by letting your mind wander into debilitating, irrelevant thoughts like “Why did he behave with me so rudely?” “What if I fail in the exam?”And so on. Though it’s not easy to control such wandering thoughts, but if you can…then you conserve some precious energy.
—Source : Lemongrad