November is a month where many students find the reality of final project deadlines setting in. With exams to study for, homework to complete, jobs to work, and a social life to maintain, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Here are a few ways to ease the strain of keeping your grades and your sanity:
Plan, Pre-Plan, and Pre-Pre-Plan
If you aren’t using an online calendar or a planner, you should be. Not only can planners help you understand when you need to get working on a deadline, notifications can save you from missing them. Schedule the due date of what you need to get done and time to work on it a few days before. I can’t even tell you how many times the ringer on my phone, two days before an assignment was due, saved me.
And while you're at it plan some time to relax
Meditate or at least take some time off for yourself. Running around stressed and exhausted is like starting off with only 5% phone battery each day, not sufficient or efficient. Meditating, taking a leisurely nap, or reading a book can give your body the mental recharge that you need to handle tasks throughout the day. You’ll be surprised at how liberating turning your phone off can feel.
Work smarter, not harder
Caught on a question? Homework got you stumped? Don’t know where to even begin with that paper? Ask, ask, ask. It’s so easy to put things off when you just don’t get it. Nix the pity party and email your professor, ask a classmate, or use the school resources. Never let the procrastination monster get you because of laziness. The more proactive you are about asking questions up front, the less stress you’ll suffer toward the end.
Lastly, understand that no amount of tips can help you if you’re unhealthy. Make sure you’re eating full meals at appropriate times, drinking water each day, and getting at least 8 hours of sleep. Go see a doctor or a counselor if you feel constantly tired or anxious, there is absolutely no shame in reaching out for help. You’ve got this!
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