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How to meet your university deadlines

Deadline season is approaching fast for many students. Are you wondering how to complete your assignment or task before its due date? Here are some tips to ensure you meet your deadlines on time.

14 January 2022

Make a to-do list

Create a detailed list of every task you need to complete to meet your deadline. This could include researching, writing a paragraph or reading an article. Creating a to-do list can improve your memory as it helps you keep track of all your tasks. You will also receive a sense of accomplishment when you tick items off your to-do lists. In turn, this tends to make you feel more motivated to complete other tasks.

Estimate the time it takes to complete tasks

After creating the to-do list, estimate how much time it will take to complete set tasks. Make sure you are realistic - how long will it take to write 500 words? Plan time to complete these activities and set time in your calendar to ensure they are completed to a high standard.

Did you know there are multiple methods for estimating time? The Parametric Estimating method is useful when planning written reports or essays. You need to estimate the time required to complete one task, for example writing a paragraph. Then multiply similar tasks by this timeframe, such as writing other paragraphs remaining in the essay. This will provide you with an estimated timeframe for the project.

A pen resting on a to-do list page

Start with the hardest tasks first

Do you often delay the tasks you find the hardest? I do too! However, it is better to tackle these items first. Then the rest of the tasks will seem simple in comparison, reducing your stress levels towards the overall project. This is likely to encourage you to complete more from your to-do list.

Concentrate

There's no point in planning and scheduling if you can’t focus on studying. Switch off all the distractions, including your mobile phone, so you can focus properly. Have you heard of the Pomodoro Technique? This is a fantastic time-management system. You concentrate for a 25-minute period and then are rewarded with a five-minute break. After you complete four work periods, you can take a longer break for up to 20 minutes.

Reward yourself

Reward yourself when you complete your work to a high standard. Make sure to reward yourself for both small and big tasks. This will make it more likely that you will continue to meet your targets as you will start to feel motivated to work harder. These can be small, low-cost rewards, anything that might put a smile on your face at the end of a long day. Why not relax after a long day at the library with a bath, movie, and your favourite meal?

Two movie tickets and popcorn

I think it is important to end this blog post with a reminder to take regular study breaks and be kind to yourself. Deadlines are important but so is your mental wellbeing, so make sure you still have time to look after yourself. Good luck with any upcoming deadlines you might have.