Five ways I effectively managed stress and deadlines during my time at university.
As a third-year Psychology student, I have experienced first-hand how the workload can become overwhelming and extremely stressful. However, managing workloads is a much more manageable task by developing the right mindset and implementing simple strategies. In this blog, I will share five tips I used to manage stress and pressure deadlines at university.
How I organised my time
One of the best ways to manage stress is by keeping yourself organised. Make use of planners, journals or diaries to help you keep track of upcoming assignments and exams; this way, you to plan time for revision around classes whilst also allowing yourself breaks to unwind from studying. Creating a clear schedule has helped me feel less overwhelmed and more in control of my workload. In addition to scheduling, you can create a simple daily to-do list of tasks you want to complete that day. You can identify your most pressing deadlines and tackle that first, which is why prioritising your tasks is essential.
Why you should prioritise your tasks
Throughout your university experience, there will be times when you have to meet multiple assignments and deadlines within a short time window. It can often be challenging to choose which deadline to tackle first. What helped me was a simple numeric system which prioritised my tasks based on due dates and importance. You begin with the most pressing task and work down the list. After implementing this system, I could avoid those stressful last-minute cramming sessions. I also
made sure to identify subjects I was struggling with so that I could devote extra time to them. This gave me mental clarity and prepared me for my deadlines.
Work in pairs or groups
A study group can provide a supportive environment to reduce stress and improve academic performance. Studying with like-minded people can keep you motivated while allowing you to learn from them. Discussing an upcoming assignment topic will enable you to hear different perspectives to help you better understand the topic. Use volunteer opportunities around campus or join a society to meet people who will support and uplift you.
Take regular breaks
Regular breaks between studies are crucial to rest your mind and recharge your batteries. You can take a walk, spend time with loved ones or do any other activity you enjoy. While on campus, taking walks around the grounds is a great way to clear my mind, rejuvenate, grab a beverage, or even greet the Roehampton chickens. This way, I was energised and could return to my studies feeling more focused, productive and motivated. Remember that you can still achieve your academic goals without sacrificing your mental health and wellbeing.
Celebrate your achievements
Finally, remember to celebrate your achievements, no matter how small.
Focusing solely on your failures can lead to unnecessary stress and burnout. Keep the balance and remember your triumphs too. When you meet that pressing deadline, achieve a high grade or ace an exam, take the time to acknowledge your hard work and feel proud of what you have accomplished. Celebrating your wins can help you to reduce stress and maintain a positive attitude towards your studies.
University is an exciting journey filled with opportunities to learn and grow, and while it can be challenging at times, it is also gratifying. Remember to create a healthy relationship with your studies; know when your mind and body need a break. Stay positive, stay committed to your goals, and seek support when needed. Above all, take care of yourself and enjoy every moment!
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