It took me forever to decide what to write about next. And then one of my friends told me that she thought I was a very productive person. She asked: How do you get so much done? The way she said it made me feel like the very productive person she thought I was, and perhaps I never really realized it. I know I’m not perfect because I still procrastinate and I have missed easy assignments. Being in College makes me feel totally overwhelmed with everything that can be going on at once. This post is to give you an idea of how to get things done, breathe and give yourself some credit for what you already do—its all about getting better.
College Life Expectation Vs Reality
The other day I talked to my school mentor about my procrastinating issues because I confessed that I have gotten papers done an hour before they were due. He told me that as long as I was getting them done on time everything was fine because procrastinating was something that also happened to working adults; he also mentioned that to fight procrastination I should try to sit and do nothing. I laughed when he said it because it seemed absurd, but once I thought about it, it made sense. The idea behind it is that if you just literally do nothing, you will get so bored that you will feel the need to do something. It’s just a matter of actually doing something that’s important.
I started exploring my own habits because I wanted to consciously know what worked for me. I realized that something that helps when I feel like I have too many things going on is writing down the things I have to get done. I write at the very top the task with the closest deadline, and work my way down writing at the very last things that are extras.
To give you an idea, this is how it might look like:
Another thing I realized is that it's easy to miss deadlines when we are unaware of them. I have missed simple assignments because I forget the day they are due, especially with online classes, but I realized that missing a deadline is perhaps one of the most preventable things.
Something that helps me with this is printing the calendar in my class syllabus, where I can highlight major assignments like quizzes, papers and exams. Another one can be adding the deadline to my phone’s calendar, agenda, or to set up a reminder to get the assignment done before the due date.
Yes, I know we are all humans and we have other things going on besides school. In my case I have two part-time jobs, I go to school full time and I have to create content for the Instagram account I have for my art where I post every day. But being realistic, work and school we all really have to get done at some point; bills don’t pay themselves and degrees aren’t just handed to you, so I go with the flow on those and I try to keep it together by using the techniques I mentioned above. My art, on the other hand is a plus, I use it to relax because we all need something that helps us do it. As I said, even though we don’t realize it, we are all productive, but the struggles of getting things done are real, with procrastination being at the top of the reasons why. My phone, hobbies, and Netflix easily distract me, but I believe doing something that helps us relax is necessary to keep our sanity.
All I can say is use your time wisely. It’s definitely not worth it putting at risk the long-term benefits of your career just because of procrastination and forgetfulness. But work hard and take care of yourself the best you can. Create now habits that will benefit you in the future, you will thank yourself for that.
Being in college can be overwhelming, and I know we all handle things differently. I would love to know what works for you to keep yourself organized. What habits did you have to create and what do you struggle with the most. I would love to know, so feel free to share in the comments.