GET A PLANNER
If it seems like you have too many meetings and things due, get yourself a planner. I use two: one is an appointment planner so that I can write in all of my classes, sorority meetings, work schedule, blog post due dates, etc. Then, I have another planner where there’s space for me to write a daily to do list. This system is a big help to me for staying on top of really busy days.
If you have a major project due in two days, don’t spend three hours cleaning your inbox, even if it’s on your to-do list. Prioritizing is key to staying on top of what needs to be done first. I use an app called “Todoist” on my Macbook where I can assign due dates to all of the things I need to do, and that’s the order they appear in my list.
If I have three projects to do in 24 hours, I definitely don’t sit at home in my bedroom and work! Find a place where you’re free of distractions: library, coffee shop, etc. Being able to focus on your tasks is another key to keeping things from being overwhelming. And don’t even think of turning on Netflix in the background, you can’t Netflix & chill while you get work done!
TALK IT OUT
If it seems like you have too much to do, vent it! Talk with a friend, coworker or parent and they may be able to collaborate or offer a different solution to getting things done on time. At the least, they can let you blow off some steam!
SCHEDULE, SCHEDULE, AND SCHEDULE SOME MORE
Think about how long it’s going to to take you to complete tasks and set goals. If it’s going to take you three more hours to finish a project, then set that as a goal. You’ll be surprised at how efficiently a time constraint will make you work. And, you’ll be able to forecast what you can complete today and what you can complete tomorrow.
The biggest thing that helps me personally is scheduling-I always set time goals for myself and save a little extra time at the end of the day to finish anything I couldn’t complete earlier. And if I finished everything, then that time is my reward, which I usually spend sleeping!
I hope you found some useful tips, but what do you do when life gets too overwhelming? Let us know in the comments below, share your stress-management tips!
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