Feel like you are in a never-ending cycle of deadlines? Finishing one assignment to start another, whilst knowing that exams are fast approaching. Time to get organised and think about how to strike the right work life balance between home, university and work.

Taking the time to get organised and prioritise your workload will not only give the best chance of staying on track during this busy period, but will also help you to keep your stress levels to a minimum. Managing your stress levels can be the difference between failure and success at university.

Here are a few top tips to help you manage your time and therefore remove unnecessary pressure and stress:

#1 Stop Procrastinating

Procrastination only prolongs the inevitable, either way at some point you will have to complete your assignment. Distracting yourself through procrastination hinders productivity and creates more stress in the long run. If you are bored of your surroundings why not try studying in a different place? Try a new place a day? It is not for everyone, but studying with friends can also help productivity levels. Someone to have regular coffee breaks with.

#2 Get organised

It is time to prioritise. Having a schedule of your deadlines, work shifts and social plans can help you get organised by helping you to see what you have to do and when you need to it by. Don’t leave the most important tasks until the end find a time management device that works for you; whether it be a wall planner, your phone calendar or a diary.

#3 Plan Something To Look Forward To

All work and no play is no fun. To be productive you need to factor in some downtime, whether it be socialising with friends, catching on some T.V., catching up on sleep. Whatever it may be having some time off and something to look forward to will only help you meet your deadlines eventually.

#4 Exercise

Believe it or not, exercise works in the same way sleep does. It can focus your state of mind, helping you to clear your head and boost your brain power in between study sessions. If you’re new to exercise, aim to fit in a 10-minute run here and there, steadily increasing the amount you do as you go on.

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