So I Tried to be Productive…

Have you ever just felt stuck? Like nothing is motivating you to move forward. I have been feeling this way ever since I started school in Year 13. But now… I’m getting really close to my final mocks, and I need to put in the work and fast.

To push me out of this weird funk, I’ve attempted to try out a technique I saw on TikTok. For more context, please read the first blog explaining in more depth the method. To put it briefly, instead of using dated revision techniques such as timetables, she suggested using Excel sheets. This is done by writing down all of the topics in your subject specification. Through this, you will be able to see all the areas you need to prioritise and focus on without the pressure that comes with missing a topic on your to-do list and falling behind. It should look a little like this…

I have now tried this method for a week, and here is my honest review of it.

I LOVE it. That phrase is an understatement of how I feel about the method. I always felt like I am always behind and never on top of work for most of my academic life. This meant that I have always been easily discouraged and more susceptible to procrastination. This method has allowed me to layout clearly the revision techniques that I am using for each subject. Also, it allows me to clearly see where my gaps are and act as a visual representation of my progress.

The first day of attempting was a tad overwhelming. At first, looking at all of the red blocks on my screen just made me feel like a failure. That was until I started tackling each part of my revision. I set up a colour-coded system with green being fully completed, orange representing me starting it and red being entirely untouched. In just a week, I managed to add to and complete multiple notes, an activity that would have taken me at least two weeks.

By day three, I noticed that the most satisfying part of my day was turning an orange or red block green, and I was genuinely happy to get started with my work. It is odd why I am more motivated with the prospect of turning blocks green rather than the possibility of good grades? I can’t say I know why or even want to question it. The pandemic has meant that in terms of education, I am not the same person I was during GCSE’s or even in Year 12.

This week has been the most productive week so far, and generally, during the holidays, I am the least productive. I can’t say how this will play out in the long term, but I will definitely keep sticking by it. After a month, I will update you guys on this method and how it has done in the long term. I would recommend this technique so far because I don’t feel burnt out for the first time in a long time.

Let me know in the comments if you have tried this method or a similar one.

Wish me luck!
I’m going to need it 🙂
~ Nelle

*Here is the link to the TikTok Video: *

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