10 Steps to Defeating a Deadline.

Whether you’re in full-time or part-time education, there always comes a degree of stress that accompanies your studies. The overwhelming sensation of forgetting something, misspelling words, or incorrectly referencing your work can cause chaos. I know this very well. Is it only me that is gets anxious just hearing the word ‘deadline’? Surely not…

A deadline is a time set to have your task completed by and if you aren’t able to finish in time, you may be penalised for tardiness. But it shouldn’t be a word of fear; it should be a word of self-challenge. By managing techniques along with time-management, you will find a variety of ways to suit yourself with the allocated time. Here are some suggestions to help you reach those vital deadlines:

1. Write a plan and structure your essay:

No matter the time left to complete your project; assignment; essay; presentation; It is important to write a plan for what happens each day within hourly time slots. Stress can be developed from lack of time-knowledge and ,with procrastination playing it’s part, it is easy to lose track of time before feeling drained.

2. Setting smaller, daily goals to feel a sense of achievement regularly:

Instead of reaching for larger goals to feel complete, build it up over shorter time-periods Celebrate the smaller achievements to encourage a regular feeling of accomplishment. It’s a satisfying feeling to cross off your to-do list.

3. Be more realistic in your time allocations:

Time can fly by when you’re having fun; but it slows down when you’re studying. It is important to understand that some tasks will take longer than others and that must be accounted for. Try to visualise the difficulty when researching and developing your ideas onto paper.

4. Set “Fake Deadlines”:

You have the “REAL” deadline on Thursday, then try setting a “FAKE” deadline on Tuesday. This notion allows you to have time to review and make necessary adjustments to your work. There’s nothing more heart-breaking than submitting an assignment and forgetting the littlest detail.

5. Visualise the outcome of your studies:

It may seem pointless and stagnant at times but just remember that you took on that course or education for a reason. You WANT the best career, you WANT to create a better life for your family, you DESIRE to be the best. Try visualising your future to generate motivation.

6. Invent pre-study meditation techniques:

Whether it be physical meditation in the form of yoga, or a mental meditation with breathing exercises, why not try inventing your own regime of relaxation. I enjoy to sing heavy metal songs in the shower to get the blood pumping!

7. Multiple deadlines? PRIORITIZE!

If you’re part of the university experience, or a college student, you may have multiple modules which each come with it’s own assignments. Fortunately, in my experience, the deadlines come at least a week apart, so try focusing on the nearest deadline and complete it with plenty of remaining time or you will risk overlap and confusion, or more stress.

8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help:

Your tutors aren’t just there to teach; they are there to help you! If you need help then It’s okay to ask, just don’t leave it until last minute like a good percentage of your fellow students. They will direct you on the right path and this can prevent submission of the wrong work.

9. Relax and remain calm:

The most effective way to handle deadline stress is to not panic. Visualise your road map of how you will take on the next problem. When everything seems clear in your head, just follow the steps needed to get to the finish line.

10. Try to avoid procrastination:

Procrastination is a disease; It must be kept under control. It is vital to your time-management to allocate time for other activities and social involvement. Mainly, procrastination has been linked with countless conditions, such as depression, anxiety, irritating behaviour, low self-esteem and other neurological disorders like OCD and ADHD. It can also cause extreme levels of stress and more issues.

I hope these ten steps can help you focus on your studies and help develop a better understanding on your mental health. It is good to find where problems lie, as soon as possible.

You can do anything – don’t forget that!

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