If you are feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day, then you’re not alone. The balance between balancing uni, school, work, study and assignments is hard to get just right even for the most organised student so if you are falling behind just know you are not alone! With that being said, it is imperative you get on top of your assignments and uni work as soon as you can and before you begin fall to far behind and start to fail subjects, then the real stress will begin.
It’s time to take control of your time and your life and get back on track, it might seem impossible right now but with a few new processes and habits you will be on the road to uni/school bliss once again.
Don’t give up!
You may be feeling a little deflated but that is probably what got you here, so it’s time for a mood and motivational overhaul. Each day I want you to do something that makes you feel good, that could be going for a brisk walk, meditating or doing yoga, it could be spending more time in bed, it could be buying new shoes or shopping a sale. Whatever it is I want you to do something nice for yourself each day, I want you to then remember why you started this course or class and what the end game is. I want you to imagine how good you will feel when your assignment is done and how much work you have put in to get to where you are today. I want you to remind yourself that winners never quit and quitters never win. It’s time to stop feeling sorry for yourself and DO MORE.
Prioritise your tasks
Grab a pen and paper and begin to prioritise the tasks at hand. What is due first? What accounts for the most credits? What is going to give you the best marks? Start with the hard stuff first and once you nut that out move on to the easier more menial tasks, you will find once you have smashed out the hardest assignments first the other tasks will seem much easier.
If you need more time, then make it
If that means early starts and late nights for a month, then that’s just what you have to do. I like the saying “You have as many hours in the day as Beyoncé, make them count” – It’s a satirical way of looking at it but it makes sense right. By getting up earlier you will have at least two hours of time in the morning that you would have otherwise spent sleeping, brush the Netflix series for a couple of weeks and spend that time working. When you begin to clear your mind of the work you need to get done, believe me it will be a lot easier to find clarity and get the job at hand done.
Ask for help
Speak to your teacher or lecturer and let them know that you are falling behind, they are there to help you through and chatting to them will be a huge weight off your back. Ask them if they have any tips or tricks to help with your reading and reach out to your peers if you are stuck on a problem or concept. Sanity checking your work with a friend or roommate can help to get the creative juices flowing again or view the problem at hand through a new light, use your network to your advantage and chat to your course advisors, you won’t be the first student who has fallen behind – or the last.
Once you have caught up take some time out to analyse how you got so behind in the first place and ensure you don’t make the same mistake again, if you don’t understand what went wrong, chances are you’ll condemn yourself to the same fate next semester.
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