I'm not talking about how to get through a good day. I'm talking about one of those days that you've allocated to yourself to try and tackle the mountain of work you need to do. This is one for all my fellow uni students going into lockdown over assessment deadlines or stuvac for exams in the coming weeks.
I may have rearranged my mess to make it more photogenic. And that chocolate may have already been all gone...
1. Sleep in, but not. When you set your alarm the night before, set another one an hour earlier. That way, when you're cruelly wrenched out of dreamland in the morning, you still have another hour to either sleep or wallow in bed - because the bed is always more comfortable after your alarm has gone off.
2. Make sure you get up at a reasonable time. Reasonable time meaning that it shouldn't be lunchtime when you've finished making and eating breakfast, because that gives you an excuse to go straight onto making and eating lunch, and before you know it it's 3pm and you haven't done anything but eat.
3. Keep refuelling. Allow yourself unlimited cups of coffee or tea. I find that coffee gets me into the working mode, but I don't drink it if I'm already feeling worried about what I need to do, because I don't want to encourage my fight-or-flight response. I also ration myself an entire block of chocolate for the day, but maybe don't do this because I think it's given me two big zits on my face.
4. Schedule in a good lunch. This means you have something to look forward to during the course of the morning. Even if it's the kind of food you can order, pay for, and receive without getting out of the car. The process possibly involving eating most of your fries before you've made it back home.
5. Run away from your problems. It depends on your own circadian rhythms, but I find the "afternoon slump" is pretty common. At this point, I usually go for a run. That way, even if I've done zilch so far, I can feel like I've at least improved my cardiovascular system, you know?
6. End the day with you-time. Switch off from your extremely productive day by doing something else, e.g. catch up your favourite blogs (which obviously includes this one), write a blog post, read in bed, watch an episode of a TV show you like, swipe left a few times on a certain app to reject potential suitors...
N.B. Don't do this everyday. And if studying at home isn't working for you, I find a change in scenery helps.