To manage your workload effectively and meet submission dates, try to break your work down into manageable steps and work steadily towards your deadlines.
This page provides a selection of planners to help you manage your time and tasks, which you can download and modify for your own purposes.
Using an assignment planner can help you avoid a last-minute rush to complete work.
To use a planner:
Using a semester planner allows you to see all of your due dates at once, which helps you prepare for weeks when several pieces of work are due at the same time.
If you estimate how long each assignment will take, you will also be able to see what you need to be working on in each week.
When you notice particularly busy weeks, think about what you could start earlier that might make your workload more manageable later in the semester.
In your weekly schedule, ensure that you:
Goals can help you stay focused on your priorities, use your time efficiently, and give you a sense of achievement as you complete tasks.
However, if the goals you set are too vague, they can have the opposite effect and leave you with the feeling that you are never getting enough done.
A widely-used acronym for setting clear goals is 'SMART'.
Setting goals with these attributes also makes it easier to see what you've achieved, and over time you will be able to estimate how long tasks take more accurately.
Procrastination occurs when you put off tasks that you need to do.
You can probably already recognise when you are procrastinating, but identifying why you are procrastinating may be more difficult.
Refer to the resources below for more insight into what might be causing you to procrastinate.
To overcome procrastination, you can try:
Many of these strategies are outlined in more detail in the sections on planning your time and setting goals above.