Hi, friends! Have you ever had 3 tests, 2 papers due, and a presentation to give all in the span of a few days? If you have, you’re not alone. College students often have to get a lot of work done in a short period of time. In other words, we have to be super productive. It’s possible to achieve a lot with little time, as long as you’re organized and manage your time wisely. In this post, I want to help you be very productive with little time.
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Figure out what exactly you need to do.
Before you attack your assignments, you need to figure out what exactly you need to do. Go class by class, extracurricular activity by extracurricular activity, and create a list of all the tasks you need to complete. Once you finish this list, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by how long it is. But don’t stress! Now that you know what you need to do, you can create a plan of attack to get all those assignments/tasks done.
Create a “plan of attack” to get all those things done.
Now, organize all those tasks in the order of priority and think about how many you can realistically complete in one day. Start planning which tasks you will complete on what day. When you plan, take into account the other commitments you have on certain days. Do you have many classes that day? It’s better to schedule less tasks on a day when you have an exhausting 3 hour lab. Do you have a low-priority commitment that you can postpone until after you finish all your work (for example, lunch with a friend)? Postpone it.
Also, set deadlines for yourself. I find that when I don’t have deadlines, the things that DO have deadlines take precedence over those that don’t. It’s easy for tasks without deadlines to slip through the cracks this way. That’s why I like to give myself a deadline for everything.
Remember to be honest with yourself when planning/creating your “plan of attack”. It’s not going to help if you underestimate the amount of time (or work) you have. It’s better to err on the side of caution and give yourself ample time to complete your work.
Make the plan easy to follow.
Convert this plan to a daily to do list, and make it easy for you to see. In my case, I like to have a “Master” to do list for the week. I take this list everywhere with me and make sure it’s visible. I enter individual tasks into my planner on a daily basis, since the amount of time I have to do these things depends on the day. This system works for me because it allows me to be flexible. Find a system that works for you and use it.
Follow through with the plan and be accountable.
Know that you might have to sacrifice Netflix for a week or two, but it’ll be worth it. If you follow through with your plan, you can get your work done quickly, meaning you can get back to Netflix quickly, too!
If it helps you, let a friend in on your plan. She can help you make sure you stick to it!
When you have a lot of work to do, you have to set aside some things you like and put yourself into working mode. If you need to get a lot of stuff done, make a plan for yourself with realistic expectations and realistic deadlines, make the plan easy to follow, and tell a friend to make yourself accountable. This way, you’ll be approaching your work in an organized manner, and you’ll make sure that everything gets done.
How do you get lots of work done in a short period of time?