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How to unload your work load

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Classes, clubs and social life can put a lot on your plate. Many students may not know how to combat the challenges of the new semester, but  with a little organization and stress relief success is sure to come.

Classes, clubs and social life can put a lot on your plate. Many students may not know how to combat the challenges of the new semester, but with a little organization and stress relief success is sure to come.

Over scheduling is a common problem many college students face. It is no easy task to juggle being a full time student, a part-time job, your favorite RSO and of course, a social life. Here are the best things to do when you have so much to do.

Make a list

Making lists of all of the things you need to accomplish is a great way to keep yourself organized. Lists can help remind you of your responsibilities and keep you on track. Writing a list is a great way to step back from your overwhelming tasks at hand. Organize it by urgency and after completing each one, check it off the list. It will keep your priorities straight and crossing off your projects will feel rewarding.

Get organized 

Working in a chaotic environment isn’t the best way to get things done. Take the time to organize your desk and backpack, making sure to keep everything in a certain place. You will spend less time trying to find your pencils if you keep them in the same pocket every day, plus you’ll avoid being the jerk who asks to borrow one every day. Organizing your computer desktop will also remove some of the chaos from your life. Make a file for each class and keep your papers, syllabi and other important projects in a designated virtual folder. Not only will you save paper, you will also have a back up copy saved just incase.

Keep a day planner

Like lists, day planners are just as beneficial. If you are daunted by your schoolwork and extra curricular activities, make a weekly schedule. Plan what you are doing each day to remind yourself what is due when and where you need to be at what times. A daily planner can be a life saver, especially if you tend to forget things.

Take timeouts 

Don’t be afraid to take breaks, because you don’t want to wear yourself out. Once you have finished a particularly difficult task, reward yourself with something you enjoy, like a short shopping trip or a much-needed nap. Time is limited, so use it wisely. Taking care of yourself should always be a priority. ISU Alum, Kevin Sullivan, said, “When I was at ISU I always prioritized in order to get everything done efficiently. My suggestion to students is to not bite off more than you can chew and always make some time for yourself to preserve your sanity.”

Prioritize

Deciding what tasks need to be completed first is important. You want to make sure that everything is done on time and completed to the best of your abilities. Picking the easiest tasks first will help you get the ball rolling and get you started on completing your To-Do list. That being said, picking the hardest task first will get it out of the way so you no longer have to spend your day dreading it. Either way, deciding what is most important is a great way to complete your tasks.

Avoid procrastination

As appealing as an “Orange is the New Black” Netflix marathon sounds, procrastination doesn’t get you far. Procrastination cause scrambling to make deadlines and cramming all night for tomorrow’s big exam. Getting things done early will help eliminate stress and increase productivity. And after you’ve gotten all your studying in, you can spend all night with your favorite #OITNB characters.

One Response

  1. Unaik

    Haha, I’m so addicted to ‘Orange is the New Black’.

    Loved the tip about prioritizing your to-do list. The only thought I would add to that is to set aside two or three crucial tasks at the beginning of the day that have to get done by the end of the day. giving myself this kind of deadline helps me stay on track and avoid the procrastination monster.

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