Getting Stuff Done

Monday, April 27, 2015

The end of the school year is almost here y'all! Personally, I have three weeks of classes, a week of college trips, and then exam week before summer vacation starts. Unfortunately, this is prime time for  "spring fever" where all you want to do is be outside having fun with friends. I've decided to share some of my favorite tips of getting stuff done.

Prioritize- Or in other words focus on the most important assignments. I always try to do my work based on the order that it is due in. For example, I start with homework that is due tomorrow versus homework that is due next week.

Use Study Resources- Many textbooks have websites with additional resources, such as practice quizzes, to help you. If you don't have a website for your textbook, make your own practice quizzes on Quizlet. I use Quizlet all the time for everything. Like a lot of my classmates use them and claim that my quilt saved them on assignments. Definitely helpful. Check out my other favorite study sites here.

Schedule- A big part of getting things done is knowing when they are due. Let's say I have a project due on Friday. I typically have soccer Tuesday-Thursday so that may not be the best time to work on it. I usually try to do long-term projects the weekend before to free up more time during the school week.

Take a (quick) break- After a couple of hours of hard work, usually all I want is a break. Breaks are great (I usually bribe myself by saying things like, if you get to chapter 5 you can go get a snack) but they can turn into long breaks that prevent you from getting stuff done. I try to keep my breaks under 5 minutes and chose breaks that don't tempt me to spend all night on them (cough cough Pinterest). Check here for my favorite study breaks!

Don't Procrastinate- Don't wait till the day before to start long-term projects. Not only does it cause more stress, but you may not do your best work either. I know at my school that the English teachers will proofread your essays for you but they will not if it is within 3 days of the due date. Early bird gets the worm, right?

Keep your eyes on the prize- It may seem like the school year will never end, but it will. Keep your head up and chug through these final weeks. Only a few more weeks till summer!

How do you get everything done? Let me know in the comments!

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