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13 Japanese study habits you can use to be more productive and successful Lachlan Brown

Are you feeling unmotivated?

Or are you looking for ways to manage your time better?

These are common problems that professionals and students from around the world have faced.

What better place to learn how to be efficient than from one of the top 10 economic powerhouses of the world, Japan?

Japan has set global standards for quality, precision, and work ethic.

They are known to have a culture of strict dedication to one’s work, whether it be in a corporate or academic setting.

If there’s any country that knows a thing or two about how to be more productive, it’s from the land of the rising sun.

Boost your efficiency with these 13 tips from how the Japanese are so productive.

1. Use A Kanban Board

Kanban is a Japanese term meaning “visual signal.”

It was invented as a way to visualize the status of a certain product as it moves along the production pipeline.

Think of it like a car moving through the different stations in a factory: the body of the car goes on a conveyor belt, at each stop receiving an engine, tires, a windshield, doors, and paint.

Instead of a car, it can be the paper that you’re working on.

First, write the name of the assignment on an index card.

Then, on a wall or on a table, layout different columns, each representing a specific status — researching, writing the outline, writing the first draft, revising, writing the second draft — leading up to finally finishing the paper.

Then you simply move the index card along the columns, as if it were on a conveyor belt.

2. Have A Morning Routine

The time before you get to your work can be transformed into a sacred ritual to set your mind up for the day that lays ahead.

It’s common for people to wake up feeling stressed about the day before breakfast.

This sets a bleak and frustrating tone for the day.

Although we can’t control our feelings, it’s possible to control our actions that could potentially bring about positive feelings.

Having a morning routine is something that Japanese tidying expert Marie Kondo advocates for.

It could include writing in a journal, going for a walk or a jog, reading, even maybe tidying up your room.

Doing these activities will help you feel better and give you a boost of energy to tackle your day.

3. Have A Nighttime Routine

After a long day of class, reviewing, and finishing piles of assignments, it’s natural to feel exhausted — both mentally and physically..

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