The average Joe might figure out how to be efficient doing their laundry, but you can take it up a notch and actually add 2 or more hours to your week if you do it right. They key is to multitask your homework at the same time. Many experts will tell you that you multitasking is bad, but they’re wrong. As long as you do it right. Especially when you’re a college student managing a mundane chore like laundry along with a huge pile of homework to do. So let’s get to it, this is how to make your multitasking work:
Commit to the long haul.
One of the keys to multitasking is to make it routine. If you consistently multitask your homework during laundry time, your brain will become less resistant to it, and get in the groove of focusing better and better every time you do it.
Pick the right environment.
Some people prefer the library, and others prefer the student union. But the laundry room is often the holy grail of homework locations. It’s usually got some ambient machine noise, but nothing crazy. Unless there’s a big television screen or ping-pong table there to distract you. If that’s the case, get out of there and find somewhere close to get your work done. Pick a place that you can keep coming back to each week, with the noise level and resources (plugins for your laptop, bathrooms, caffeine, etc.) you need.
Keep a written to-do list in front of you.
This sounds elementary, but keeping a list that you can refer to easily is way more helpful than you might imagine. This list helps you reduce the time your brain needs to switch tasks, and gets you back in focus quicker. The list could consist of the tasks you need to get done, phone numbers you need to call, keyboard shortcuts, or anything else that you might need to refer to often.
Use the timer on your phone.
Stay on top of your laundry by setting an alarm on your phone, and don’t check back on the laundry (even if they have an app online!) until the timer goes off. This way, you can put the laundry out of your mind and not worry about whether you should be checking on it. It also has the same benefits of short-spurt productivity techniques such as Pomodoro, which instill a sense of urgency that encourages you to get more done in shorter time periods.
Following these guidelines, you might find your laundry time to be the most efficient part of your week! And if you have any questions about how to use your facility’s equipment, or need service or repair, visit us online at CoinMeter.com. We have customer service representatives that can help you by phone or email.