University can become really stressful at times! Trust me, I know! With assignments due, presentation fast approaching and placements creeping up on us, as well as trying to fit a social life in there somewhere, sometimes it can become just a little overwhelming.
Fear not…there are ways to cope, I promise!
Making a list of all the things I need to do, is my first port of call. I write down all the work I have outstanding and then organise it into priority order. I then write down all the other bits and bobs I need to do like food shopping or renewing my gym membership (Haha, only kidding with you there).
My favourite thing to do (I know it’s sad) is deciding what I am going to do that week by transferring my list onto my week planner.
Be careful when you do this, sometimes we can be feeling a little too ambitious when writing it all out and when it comes round to doing it, you see a huge long list of things you’ve planned to do that day and run a mile.
Before you know it, you’ve been sat in Starbucks drinking endless mugs of coffee and scrolling through Instagram for 5 hours, still not having tackled any work that day. So be reasonable and relatively kind to yourself but remember, it still needs doing.
Tick it off
I don’t know about you, but I get such a huge sense of satisfaction when I am able to tick something off my list and know that it’s finally done and I don’t have to cry at the thought of it anymore!
Set yourself a goal. Tell yourself that if you write 1,000 more words of your essay by 7pm, then you can binge watch Orange is the New Black or whatever it is you’re into.
This will encourage you to be more efficient as you know you can reap the rewards afterwards. Don’t rush it however, or it’ll only come back to haunt you later on.
Keep a diary
No I don’t mean Bridget Jones style, I mean more of an organiser. If you don’t write down the dates things are due and when lectures have been cancelled or what not then you’re likely to mess up somewhere along the line.
Remember why you’re here
Don’t forget why you’re here. At the end of the day, you need to do the best you can in order to set yourself up for your future. You only get out as much as you put in.
I hope those few little pointers have helped you. There’s no time like the present so stop procrastinating and go and make that list!