Completing a UX design bootcamp is a fun, exciting, and rewarding experience—but for many it can also be challenging to accomplish alongside other priorities. Whether it’s working a full-time job, pursuing a side hustle, caring for family members, being a full-time student, or simply maintaining mental health and prioritizing self care, we all have a lot going on at any given time.
Developing excellent time management skills can help you succeed when trying to learn something new. Some people are naturally great at time management, and others have to actively learn how to manage their time well—the good news is that you can get better with practice.
If you’ve tried other time management techniques and still feel like you’re falling short, we challenge you to think about your coursework not just as a task that you need to fit into your day, but as a habit you’re trying to build into your life.
So, What Are Atomic Habits?
Atomic habits are incredibly useful when it comes to time management and preparing for a UX bootcamp because they are all about helping you to set up frequent, but also small and easy steps to implement routines and practices.
In his book Atomic Habits, James Clear brings together research from the fields of biology, psychology, and neuroscience as well as anecdotes about some of the highest-achievers in disciplines like the arts, medicine, athletics, and business. He breaks down complicated ideas into simple strategies that help people build strong habits. One of the concepts threaded throughout the book is the idea that making small—but effective—changes can lead to big results.
In the spirit of Clear’s focus on atomic-size changes, we wanted to share how one research study cited in his book could help you improve your study habits.