Haven’t we all been here? Trying to plan your workload can feel like wretched hard work sometimes. Life is often compromise.
Depending on what period of time your workload extends over and how much work you actually want to put into your projects, it may take weeks, months or even years to complete. You may find that breaking your projects down into manageable chunks makes it easier to make progress. Projects can seem so huge and overwhelming sometimes when it’s often simpler to get through a huge project by breaking it down into many smaller tasks and setting time frames.
You’ll be surprised how simple a large project can look if you take the time to plan it out and break it down into smaller tasks. Do them over time rather than trying to chew off great big chunks without having any idea what you’re actually biting into and then finding it’s actually an elephant you were eating and a not a prawn.
For example, one trick when studying at University is to initially, (and preferably before semester starts), find out what the subject covers and how many weeks the subject runs and get as much information about the subject and what will be expected before attending the first class. This gives you two things:
1. The desire or interest to know more about the subject; and
2. A plan of action. Or hopefully, a plan at least.
Break the semester down into what sounds like smaller parts. E.g. If for example your semester runs from February to May you could say to yourself “I only have 14 weeks of classes – that’s 14 classes until exams” rather than saying I’m studying for four months this semester. Four months sounds so much longer than 14 weeks and this also gives you a sense of urgency too, “Only 14 lessons then exams, Oh my!”
Plan out the workload at the beginning of the semester to avoid the heartache and the, “Idiot! I’ve got an assignment due today,” moments.
Then, allocate time to each thing you want to do and prioritize by importance. An hour spent doing this is worth hours and hours of torture and mucking about wasting time later.
We are all different in the way we handle things and we sometimes say we don’t have time when really we don’t care for it enough or have the energy, the motivation or the want to do whatever it is. We can spend a lot of time making excuses. Do this less and set priorities instead.
Finally, relax with everything you do and nothing seems quite so hard anymore. Enjoy the moments.
Author: Leanne Johnston
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