Will Your Energy Make the Grade?
The semester is young. Your energy level may be fully charged. Maintaining that high level can be difficult as the weeks pass, assignments come due, and exams draw near. Here are some tips to help you stay at your peak performance, academically and personally.
- Focus on one thing at a time
- Do challenging tasks when your energy is highest
- Get more quality sleep
- Take short, physical activity breaks
- Eat regular meals and snacks
- Eat something as soon as possible after waking up
- Find exceptional places to study
1. Focus on one thing at a time
Everyone multitasks on some level, even if it’s just walking and chewing gum. But frequent multitasking allows distracted energy to take over, leading to increased stress and reduced focus. What effect does multitasking have on your academic performance? Read a study by Dr. Rey Junco here: http://blog.reyjunco.com/multitasking-has-negative-effect-on-student-academic-work
2. Do challenging tasks when your energy is highest
The time to tackle those subjects you find most taxing is when you are feeling most refreshed. Whether your energy is highest in the morning or the afternoon, make the most of your get-up-and-go by getting those tough assignments out of the way first. You may just find your day becoming a lot less stressful.
3. Get more quality sleep
Getting sleep in college may be more challenging than applying for college in the first place. One way to decrease stress and increase sleep in your college life is to establish a regular sleep schedule and stick to it. For more tips on how to get better quality sleep in college, check out GatorWell’s proven sleep-improvement program here: /Sleep.aspx.
4. Take short, physical activity breaks
A regimen of aerobic exercise of 20 to 30 minutes five days a week will help give you energy to go all day. Worried about making time to study and have a workout? No problem – study while you exercise at the student recreation center! Check out UF RecSports here: http://recsports.ufl.edu/
5. Eat regular meals and snacks
Your diet affects your stress level, your ability to concentrate, your energy level, and even your self-esteem. Don’t forget to eat regular meals and snacks to maintain energy and perform well in your classes.
6. Eat something as soon as possible after waking up
Skipping eating after waking in the morning can leave you dragging all day long. If you feel short on time, grab-and-go foods such as peanut butter on toast and yogurt or string cheese with fruit can help get you going. You may find that you are not only more energized for your day’s classes but also that you are in a better mood throughout the day.
7. Find exceptional places to study
English professor and poet Michael Leddy offers this advice to college students: “Find a good place to study and make it your own.” Of course, what defines a good study place depends on your individual preferences. Whether you choose a quiet library or a lively common room in a dormitory is up to you. The important thing to remember is to find a place that you can associate with learning. Read more on good study places for college students here: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/a-good-place-to-study.html.
For more information, about making an appointment with a GatorWell Wellness Coach to discuss ways to find your energy, go to : /Wellness-Coaching.aspx