1. Declutter Your Schedule
This is the simplest and most important condition of all. Students, especially in middle school should not be forced to participate in too many extracurricular activities in the name of holistic education or all-round performance. Development only holds true when you participate in activities you are truly interested in. Have a niche focus on a select few activities and go all-out in enhancing them.
2. Have a dedicated work space
Elaborating on how to go 'all-out' and mentioned in the previous step, your next goal must be to focus on whatever activities you choose to pursue. Having a dedicated work space does just that. A study desk or at least a small laptop stand, in a peaceful environment must be provided to students. Working in the same spot for a few weeks conditions your mind to engage as soon you assume seat.
3. Make a schedule
Expecting outcomes out of work is the key to working efficiently. You need to know what you are working towards. Make to-do lists and create a schedule after analyzing your past work habits. Don't be afraid to be ambitious, but remember to be a bit generous to yourself as well. Make sure to leave ample time to relax and rejuvenate yourself. Micro-managing your time allows you to predict how much time it will take to complete a specific task. If you are new to making schedules, be open to revising them based on your immediate work-trends. But all-in-all, try to stick to your schedule as much as you can!
4. Make use of stationery and productivity tools
Organize your goals. Use sticky notes, highlighter and page markers to take notes and leave yourself pointers at different points of your progress. You can also color-code specific ideas, if required. You can also use productivity tools like Pomodoro Timer to maximize your focus and notetaking, and apps like Evernote, Microsoft To-Do, and Structured for scheduling and planning.
Knowing yourself, your passions and where your interests lie is the key to being able to follow these tips. You should leave enough time for hobbies, aka, 'non-capitalized' interests like reading. Practice self-care and leave enough time to spend with yourself. Prioritize your health - both mental and physical.