The Procrastinators Guide to Productive Library Time

Week after week I struggle to keep my mind focused on the things I’m supposed to do in the library. There are so many distractions: the internet, the kid rocking out to his iPod, the leisure reading section, etc. Here are some tips I’ve come up with to stop this!

1. Make a list. 

Lists are a student’s best friend. Make a list of all the things you have to accomplish in the library that day, and don’t leave until they’re done.

2. Don’t fall asleep on the comfy couches. 

Currently I’m lounging in a ridiculously comfortable blue chair. My legs are propped up on the table in front of me. My computer is on my lap. Am I getting any work done? NO.

3. Avoid the internet. 

Unless you absolutely need it for something you’re working on, turn off your wireless. Once you start you can’t stop. Then again, maybe that’s just me…I’m helplessly addicted to social media. Look at me, I’m blogging during my homework break.

4. Don’t bring your chatty friends. 

There are some that come to the library to do work, and others that come to socialize. There’s always that one friend that will sit on her smartphone playing games and gossip while you’re trying to get stuff done. Three hours later you’ll realize that this work-sesh has just become a hangout.

5. Coffee is your best friend. So are snacks.

I tend to focus better when I’m munching on something. It doesn’t make any sense, I know, but try it. Also, campus libraries always have the best coffee places. Mine has Java City, and I’m going to come to the library weekly just so that I’m the first one to know when Merrimint Mocha comes back in season. It’ll keep you awake, which will let you get your work done.

I probably shouldn’t be writing this advice since I’m sitting in the library right now. I’ll have you know, however, that I’ve completed about 80% of my homework for the day and after I finish this post I’ll be finishing the rest.

Happy library-ing!

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