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Your student life is exhausting – I know. You have a lot of commitments, and important appointments and you constantly have to hear from idiots how good you actually have it or that studying is nothing compared to a real job.

Just to be clear, students work an average of between 36 and 42 hours a week for their studies. In addition, there is a part-time job, and household and social obligations. Your day is littered with small construction sites that require your attention and eat away at your energy reserves.

Real-time for you – and by that I mean times when you can switch off completely – are rare. And this is exactly where the shower comes into play. Because: Your shower is more than just a place in your home. Your shower is a small oasis of calm.

It isolates you from the hectic daily business and gives you a breather in which nothing rains down on you – except water. All you have to do now is use this quiet phase properly.

You Can Do These 7 Things in the Shower

You can consider the time you take a shower to be a complete break – no problem. You can also see this time window as quality time and add one or the other ritual. The advantage here: You create meaningful habits that will help you advance in your studies and thus gain more free time – outside of your bathroom.

Sounds good? Then there are seven things you can do in the shower:

#1 Think!

Only a few people have time in everyday life to think about something undisturbed for a few minutes. Spontaneous ideas: yes; complex trains of thought: rather no. Either there is not enough time for this or the food for thought is interrupted by external distractions.
It’s different in the shower: no one bothers you here. Nobody pulls you out of your reflections and disturbs your train of thought. You have time to ponder, time to weigh things up, and time to think through important decisions. Use it.

#2 Memorize Something!

You can easily combine your shower unit with a small learning session by taking advantage of passive learning: With passive learning, you combine simple learning units with routine physical tasks that require little or no thought. You learn in standby mode, so to speak, and work your way through your material step by step.

Showering is perfect for this type of learning. Review definitions, formulas, or case studies in the shower. Repeat the content until you can easily reproduce it and then move on to the next learning tidbit.

#3 Go Through Your To-Do List!

Many students have a split relationship with their to-do list. On the one hand, they like the list because their most important tasks are collected there – on the other hand, the abundance of open to-dos often has a depressing effect and causes great stress.

The solution: Go through your to-do list regularly. Put your list in a clear plastic sleeve and pin it to your shower wall. Then check each individual point and think about what steps to take next. In this way, abstract to-dos become concrete calls to action that you can complete much more easily. And: You take the shock out of your long list.

#4 Plan Your Next Day!

People who plan and roughly structure the coming day are significantly happier and more satisfied with their lives than the rest. The reason: they achieve an incredible amount and achieve their goals 95 percent more quickly than those who have no daily plan.

And that’s exactly why you should use your time in the shower for short planning of your next day. Either you go through the most important points for the next 24 hours in the morning or you think about what you want to do the next day in the evening. Keep it short and precise. You then write down your planning results and can start the day focused.

#5 Develop a Positive Mental Image!

Mental images are important success factors for your studies – and your whole life. If you approach a challenge with an optimistic mindset, you will reach your goal much sooner and be even happier along the way than usual.

So get in the habit of practicing your positive thinking skills while showering. Grab (in your mind) a situation from your studies and visualize how it could work out for you in the best case. Imagine every detail and be as optimistic as possible. Develop a strong mental picture that gives you strength and supports you in your upcoming tasks.

#6 Forgive Yourself a Mistake!

Do you often cling to the past and blame yourself for major or minor missteps from the past? Then it’s high time you let go and focus on your future. Yes, that’s difficult, but symbolically and practically, the shower is exactly the right place for it.

Starting today, make it your mission to come to terms with yourself a little more every time you shower, by forgiving yourself when you make a mistake. Think about what happened then, but don’t judge yourself for it. Accept your mistake and realize what you learned from it. Why couldn’t you have reacted differently then? What would you do differently today? What advice would you give to another person in your situation? Be reflective – but also indulge yourself. Anything else would be another mistake.

#7 Relax!

Breaks are part of studying, as are high-intensity workouts. Without a break, there is no growth. And without growth, you’ll stagnate and become unhappy. So, sometimes, it’s okay to “pay someone to write my paper” when you need to get some time to get a breather in.

Therefore, use your time while showering regularly for a small relaxation unit. Put aside all the stress, your obligations, and your own expectations for a short moment, and just take a deep breath. Take a moment just for yourself and break out of your hectic world. Not to sadly return to reality afterward, but to sharpen your senses, gain new courage and move on with determination.

Conclusion

Anyone can shower. Using regular showers for personal development, on the other hand, is in the Champions League.

It’s not about planning every free minute of your life, even converting time in the bathroom into performance-enhancing processes and becoming a self-optimized study machine. No: It’s about making better use of your time and filling it with the things that are good for you.

And taking a shower is just one example of many. Get in the habit of thinking about your daily routines and try to make them better suited to your needs. This is how you design a student life that not only gives you more fun but also leads to better results and allows you to grow personally.

Incidentally, quite naturally. Like taking a shower.