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Need a quick fix to get your time under control?
…Trying to juggle lots of different commitments…?
…All your deadlines coming up at once…?
…It’s not surprising if you feel overwhelmed.
If it feels like your time is out of control and you don’t know how to get it all done, try this quick plan to get back on top of things…
Being reminded of how much you have to do may feel like the last thing you
want. But while you don’t have a proper idea of what you need to do, it’ll carry
on feeling overwhelming. Listing it is the first step in taking control.
Tasks always feel less overwhelming if you tackle them one step at a time.
Rather than “write essay – start Friday”, try thinking “write 350 words for
essay introduction – finish Friday”
Be realistic about what needs doing now – assignment deadlines are the
priority, background reading can probably wait till later. Some of the things
under the ‘later’ heading may turn out to be things you don’t need to do after
Getting one thing done will help you feel calmer. If you have a deadline
coming up, start to get that piece of work out of the first, even (perhaps
especially) if it’s the one thing you’ve been avoiding. If you’re stuck because
you don’t understand something, go back to basics and build up from there – or
ask for help.
Fit what you have to do into the time you have to do it in. We could always
do a better job with more time, but you’re not expected to achieve perfection.
Don’t forget that deadlines and word counts are there to set the scope of your
work – you’re not expected to do more.
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