How to better manage your deadlines

By Holly McDonnell – Contributing Writer

Are Semester B assignments already looming?

Meeting deadlines is one of the most crucial skills you need to have as a student.  Yet these skills will also be incredibly important after you graduate in the world of work.

Juggling your studies, part-time job, and extra-curricular activities all at the same time can be tough and make it difficult to reach deadlines – But it is achievable.

In my case, alongside my studies, I also work part-time, volunteer and take part in sport at the University.

Below are five useful tips to manage your deadlines:

  1. Don’t Procrastinate – Yes, we all have that urge to constantly check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.  But the chances are you will not get your work done.  Switch off your phone and concentrate on your studies.  You will be able to go back and stalk people after you finish your assignment.
  2. Prioritise Your Workload – The most important work which needs to be finished early, and the assignments worth the biggest percentage require lots of attention.  Make sure you find time to concentrate hard, and get the best grade possible for your assignments.
  3. Don’t Leave It Too Late – Make sure you know exactly when the deadline is and try not to leave work until the last minute.  You may end up rushing your assignment, and you need to find time to look over your draft before submitting it.  
  4. Be Flexible – If you know an assignment is around the corner, do not be working for a whole day at your part-time job.  You need to make sure you have time to sit down and do your assignment. Adapting to different situations and making time for everything is crucial.
  5. Stay Positive – It can be tiring, but with a positive frame of mind anyone can overcome the reality of having lots of deadlines.

If you do find that you are struggling to manage your workload, the Hertfordshire Students’ Union Advice and Support Centre also offer useful tips and tricks.

We can all do it!  Good luck with your Semester B assignments and exams!

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