Juliette was kind enough to give us her top tips for managing your workload, so if you’re feeling swamped by deadlines for electives or struggling to start work on your dissertation please read below!
Time Management: Top Tips
1. Be realistic: do not set yourself impossible goals. You still have to eat, sleep, get some fresh air and exercise as well as work!
2. To do lists: these can be a great way to keep you on track but can also become a way of making you feel guilty and giving up on everything (see point 1!). Never have more than 5 things on your list and have them in priority order. Make them short term I.e. Either things to do by the end of the day or the end of the week.
3. Start with your end goal and then work backwards to allocate your time to tasks. This is particularly useful for large projects where you need to break them down into bite-sized bits of work. For example, for your dissertation start with the hand in date. Bring that forward by a week. Then work out what that means in terms of when each chapter needs to be completed and data collected.
4. Try and avoid distractions: social media and email are a terrible distraction. Try to put your phone away when you are trying to work. Likewise give yourselves certain times in the day when you will answer emails etc. (I realise this advice will probably be ignored). Try and go on a digital detox for one day a week and just see how much stuff you can get done!