Top 3 Productivity Tips That Helped Me Get Through University

They May Sound Strange, but if It Works, It Ain’t Stupid!

Dom Kwolczak
5 min readSep 16


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Let’s face it, University life can be difficult at times, especially when it comes to being motivated to write long assignments or study for your exams.

Things can particularly be tough when your friends are out partying and enjoying themselves. Just the thought of that can easily lead you to lose motivation.

But it doesn’t have to be this way!

I was a university student for 5 years, initially doing a 4-year undergraduate sandwich course and later a master’s degree.

During my time at university, I used 3 productivity methods that not only helped me stay on track but also become more productive.

I decided it would be a good idea to share these 3 methods with you and help others in a similar boat. The best part of it is that these tips have the potential to help anyone, not just students!

So without any further ado, here are 3 productivity tips that helped me get through university…

1. Use a Calendar the correct way!

This may sound silly, but just using a calendar, without a strategy can actually have a negative impact on your productivity! It can lead you to become less motivated to do work and less motivated to even check it.

I don’t recommend using a paper-based calendar or planner. I know that they can be pretty cool, but there’s one thing that they can’t do and that thing is keep you on track with reminders to do your work.

I recommend either using the iCloud Calendar app or the Google Calendar app. Both of these are equally as good and best of all, they are free!

In terms of strategy for managing my calendar, I still set aside around 30 minutes every Sunday evening to plan my entire week ahead.

Back at university, I would start by putting all of my lecturers and seminars into the calendar, I would then put all of the shifts in from my part-time job.

I would also put the times I wake up, and go to sleep as well as any routines and meals on the calendar.