Since starting my final year of uni I’ve had to get organised. I started the semester feeling drowned in work and lost and like I’ll fail everything.
So I had to make a plan of action.
I have to graduate one way or another, so doing that with the best grade I can get would be even better!
I know a lot of people are in the same boat, so I want to try to help. These things have helped me, I just hope they help at least one other person too!
1. Write down a weekly diary.
I only started doing this this semester and it has honestly been a life saver. I used to just write down my deadlines and shifts at work, but not any more! Now I make sure it’s completely full of what work I’ll be doing when. That way I’m not going about things all willy nilly and hoping I’ll get things finished. Now I can see how much time I’m spending on each thing so that I’m doing enough work. Which I definitely need with how many essays I’m writing this semester!
2. Plan in advance.
Similar to the weekly diary, I have a big list of all the deadlines I need to meet. And then below that list the dates that I want to have started doing each assignment. Admittedly, some of the dates are a bit optimistic. But at least that way I can give myself a kick up the bum for running late. So if you’ve deadlines for uni like me, or a brand collab, or something at work, give yourself an early start time. So if you have a mental breakdown like I regularly do when editing essays you’ve got a little breather time.
3. Make a doable to-do list.
If you can’t plan your whole week like I can being a student, do it for each day as it comes. In the morning sit down and think about what you’re likely to achieve during the day, and only give yourself them targets. It’s always so tempting to think you’re gonna have the most productive day ever (I know always do, optimism is a
horrible fine thing). But yeah, three important tasks a day keeps angry bosses at bay (???), don’t know where that came from but we’ll roll with it.
4. Keep active.
I think this is definitely key for me. I always think that working from home is a great idea (it’s not), then end up slobbing out all day doing nothing productive. It sounds like fun, until it’s already 3 in the afternoon and I’ve achieved nothing and feel like a terrible student. Which makes me be even lazier. It’s not pretty. An early start and going to the gym a few times a week makes me feel more like I’m able to do what I need to do.
5. Give yourself free time.
Possibly the most important tip! It’s so easy to plan plan plan and be busy busy busy all the time. But by the end of the week you’ll want to just curl up in a ball and cry. Whenever I’ve done this I always felt so worn out by the end of it that much more would probably make me ill. So if you feel you’re starting to work too much take an evening for yourself. Have a bath, put a face mask on, choose a new TV show to binge, and treat yourself to pizza and ice cream. You deserve it.
Do you have any other tips for me?!