By Kat Polk
Many students struggle with procrastination and time management skills. After being bombarded with a lot of homework, it is tempting just ignore it. Most students would rather take a nap or scroll through social media instead of doing homework. Another issue is that students often forget about upcoming tests or assignments. There are many ways to avoid these mistakes. By doing things like keeping a planner or a to-do list, you can make sure that you never forget another assignment.
Assignments can also be stressful. When you notice all of the tasks that you have to do, then you can start feeling overwhelmed. There are multiple ways to avoid this issue. For example, focusing on only one task at a time can help. Taking breaks between assignments can also relieve stress. There are many ways to help relieve stress and manage all of your assignments.
Keeping a Planner
Keeping a planner is a fantastic way to help remember all of your assignments and keep them organized. There are many different ways to organize your planner. One of the ways some people have found works best is organizing it by subject. Write all of your assignments for each class in the corresponding column. Do this every time you receive an assignment, when it is time to start your homework, you basically already have a to-do list in your planner.
Once you start your assignments, use check boxes to keep track of what you have done. Not only does it help keep you organized, but checking off a task can be satisfying. By checking off a box, you give yourself the feeling that you have accomplished something, which can be incredibly freeing and stress relieving.
It is important to prioritize your tasks in a way that makes sense. The main goal of prioritizing is to make sure everything gets done before its due, and that you don’t get burnt out on doing homework. The easiest way to do this is to organize the tasks in the order that they are due. The only issue with this is that bigger projects might be at the end of the list. The reason that you don’t want to have bigger tasks at the end is because by the time you get to them, you are already tired from doing the other assignments.
Let’s say that it’s Sunday, you have a small assignment due on Wednesday, a medium sized assignment due on Tuesday, and a big assignment due on Thursday. A way to prioritize these would be to put them in order by due date so that it goes like this: medium assignment, small assignment, big assignment. This way would work, but by the time you finish the medium and the small assignment, chances are you will already be tired and you won’t want to do the big assignment. The best way to prioritize this is to break the big assignment into smaller chunks, since you have more time to complete it.
It is also important to only focus on one task at a time, if you are thinking about all of the other assignments that you have to get done, you will be overly stressed.