Gabriel Ho-Garcia standing in front of the Olympic rings in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


SFU’s Olympic field-hockey player shares five productivity hacks

September 13, 2016

By Justin Wong

SFU Beedie student Gabriel Ho-Garcia recently traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he represented Canada on the men’s field hockey team and competed in this past summer’s Olympic games.

Ho-Garcia says he was honoured to represent his country against the best competition in the world.

It was an unforgettable experience, which he will cherish for a lifetime.

Trying to recall every small detail, so I'll never forget this moment. #Olympians

A photo posted by Gabriel Ho-Garcia (@ghg_07) on

With all great experiences come challenges. Unfortunately the team didn’t earn a medal, but remains optimistic about the 2020 games.

Ho-Garcia was kind enough sit down with us to share five productivity hacks that have helped him balance a busy schedule filled with academics and training for the Olympics.

1. Use your time wisely.

Ho-Garcia:  Use the time in between your classes to get a head start with homework and studying to avoid feeling bogged down with too much work when you get home.

2. Stay active.

Ho-Garcia:  Physical exercise will help you feel energized and alert. I personally love breaking up long study sessions with a workout halfway through. I go to my local gym or the Fitness Centre in the Lorne Davies building if I am on campus.

3. Study with music.

Ho-Garcia: A major factor that gets me in my productive zone is listening to a study playlist. Listening to music will help tune out distractions and allow you to focus on your work. I’ve heard classical music is a great option, but my personal go-to is Lana del Rey.

4.  Get plenty of rest.

Ho-Garcia: Getting proper sleep will help you focus during lectures and keep you productive throughout the day. Quick tip from a fifth-year student: the sixth floor at Bennett Library or the Technology and Science Complex are great places for naps!

5. Drink plenty of coffee.

Ho-Garcia: This may sound like a cliché tip, but coffee is the ultimate key to being productive. When times do get hard and you need to grind out some work, get that caffeine in you to keep the good times rolling!

If you'd like to learn more about Ho-Garcia's experience at the Olympics click the link below:

SFU’s Snapchat goes live from Rio—Gabriel Ho-Garcia takes over