As luck would have it, your college life in Bangalore involves a lot less campus events and exciting parties and a lot more staring into your laptop screen than you would have hoped for. And we get it, the pandemic rained on everyone’s parade, especially with the effect that the second wave had on the city. So, it’s only natural for the increasing screen time and lack of social interaction to take away some of your joy and motivation at studying in one of the best schools in Bangalore. But when that demotivation starts affecting your focus, it’s time to find a solution.

Fortunately, we have just that. We’ve spent the past year analysing our study from home practices to find the best, easiest, and most foolproof ways to ensure you’re able to maximise your productivity even in an online setup. With these tips and techniques, you’ll be able to cut down on a lot of distractions and procrastination and get your tasks done on time. Let’s get started.

Space and supplies

The first step to setting yourself up for success is to chalk out a space to use for your studies. This could be a room, a desk, a corner of the dining table, whatever it takes for you to have a space where you can study undisturbed. Once you’ve identified that spot for yourself, keep it stocked with all the materials you could need during your online classes. Your laptop and charger definitely, but make sure you have a pen, your notebooks and even your textbooks around you for easy references. If you’re using e-versions, keeping them open to the correct chapter in a different browser could save you a lot of time during your class. 

Schedule it

If you’re trying to increase your productivity during your online classes or study sessions while living in your hostels in Bangalore, it’s important to plan well. If you end up joining your classes late, have other clashing obligations during them or forget about them altogether, you’re not actually going to get the most out of them. That’s why it’s important to have a schedule for your day. Invest in a planner or a calendar where you can keep track of your daily tasks or get into the habit of bullet journaling if you’re creative. Remember that having a written list of things you need to complete in a day will motivate you to actually finish them and make it easier for you to prioritise what’s important.

Silence distractions

How can you be expected to focus on your class when you’re surrounded by your noisy roommates or family members, with your phone constantly buzzing with notifications and your TV blaring in the background?  You can’t. That’s why it’s important to ensure you minimise as many distractions as possible. Turn your phone off or put it on silent mode, prevent pop-up alerts on your laptop, and shut doors to communal areas so that you can have some privacy. On the flipside, if you’re someone who needs a bit of white noise to focus, feel free to keep a soft instrumental playlist running in the background.

Share your needs

If you’re attending your classes from your room in one of the hostels in Bangalore, it’s possible that your schedule won’t match those of your roommates and co-residents. Even if you’re at home, there’s a chance that your parents or siblings could interrupt you in the middle of your classes. So, it’s important to share your schedule and your basic needs with the people you live with. Inform them about the timings of your classes and let them know that you won’t be available during those times. Just by communicating your needs, you’ll be able to get a lot more privacy and cooperation to complete your studies in peace.

Pace yourself

Finally, remember that even attempting to maximise your productivity in your online classes means that you’re a diligent and hardworking student. You’re really trying to make the best of the situation. But online studies are more of a marathon than a sprint. So, remember to take care of yourself too. Take regular breaks, engage in some exercise and give your eyes a break from the screen. As long as you balance between your studies and your leisure time, you’ll not feel overwhelmed or burdened by stress and you’ll find it a lot easier to engage during your classes.

So, the next time you log onto your online classes, keep these tips in mind. You’ll be more productive than ever without having to put in too much extra effort. Happy studying!