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In-School Productivity Campaign | How do you use your day?

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Tahjna Winkle

How do you use your day? This is one of the most important questions anyone can ask. The next is: what is there that you can change to get more out of your day? These questions may seem daunting to consider at first, and it might even be tempting to give into apathy - because you feel that you have already wasted your day - but, here is some good news; there is a way to improve your productivity.

How you use your day and what you can do to use it better are all part of the pedestrian definition of productivity. The term, when thrown around alongside the words 'lazy' and 'young', is the least productive way to 'reach' young people. A better way to reach young people is to tell them about the benefits of productivity and why it is important in their daily lives. As students, we are under immense pressure as we try to balance our academic obligations with our social interests to ensure that we are making the most of our youthful years. However, with each year comes additional responsibility and the feat seems increasingly impossible. But time is your enemy only if you let it be.

A Productivity Club by students for students is a way to comprehensively teach and experiment with various methods to improve how they use their time and, ultimately, their lives. The club will go beyond just teaching the basics of time management and prioritising, with extensive focus on universal applications of these skills and the testing, reforming, and development of our own theories on living a more productive life. Improvements in grades, attitudes to life and work, and increased ability to set and meet goals are some of the benefits guaranteed by investing in the club. From business students (especially since productivity is part of the management of business syllabus) to art students will find their ability to handle workloads improving (and might even consider developing their own businesses because of their new-found confidence).

The understanding of and ability to be productive is an indispensable asset and will improve student life, teacher life, and the experience of education on a whole. Taking a holistic approach to productivity is taking a holistic approach to life.

- Tajha Winkle is a student writing for students and a member of the Immaculate High Productivity Club