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POWERING THROUGH LAST MINUTE DEADLINES

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Even though I usually started on assignments right on time, I did find it hard to combine multiple bigger assignments that needed to be handed in on the same day. This usually left me with one assignment that I had to finish very last minute, which is always stressful. If you are anything like me and get stressed on a bit of a bigger deadline, then here are some of my tips on how to power through that last minute deadline.




Prioritise your work

Whenever I am in a twist with the amount of work I have to do, I tend to prioritise my tasks. If I would have to hand in an assignment for university next week and I know still have a lot of work to do, that assignment is going to be my top priority. Everything else – such as writing content for the blog – comes last.

Plan your time

As soon as you have cleared your schedule of all other weekly occurring tasks, you will be able to focus on just that deadline and when you need to focus on it. In the first three years of university I usually worked best in the afternoon and evening. I still find I can focus best in the evening and sometimes work on deadlines into the early hours of the day. It’s important to know at what time of the day you are most productive, as this helps with the actually doing the job. I for instance am useless if I would set my alarm at 6 in the morning. I know I won’t be able to keep my eyes open and only start waking up at around 11.

It’s good to know a bit more about your routine, I for instance also am less productive from 1 to 2 in the afternoon. This is usually when I take a break and go outside for a little bit. Especially if you have a big deadline with a lot of writing involved, it’s good to go outside for a little break. I find that stepping out and walking around the block for a little bit or planning in a gym session usually always helps me get over writer’s block and makes me feel refreshed and motivated to get back to work.


Actually do it

My biggest trap in life is working from my bed or working in a room that is way too warm. Especially during the wintertime I sometimes tend to struggle to get out of bed or to get warm. However, if you don’t actually get up, get dressed and move yourself to a different room, it’s quite difficult to actually get work done.

So what I like to do is I like to wake up at around 7.30 in the morning, I shower and have breakfast until about 9. I then make my bed, at around 10 I can sometimes feel a bit sleepy, which is when I usually like to go outside to get some fresh air and new energy. Then it’s usually around 10.30 to 11 in the morning and I find I am refreshed and ready to get to work. If I don't feel sleepy I just go straight to work. I sit behind my desk in complete silence and just get to work until I notice I can’t focus anymore. This is usually at around 1 or 2, which is when I like to get a bit of fresh air again, sometimes I just hang my head outside of my window if I don’t feel like walking around the block. Then it’s back to work and I try to finish as much as possible until dinner. Then I find myself usually working a little bit longer after dinner until around 9 o’clock. Once it has hit 9 it’s time for me to go to plan in some downtime and relax for a little bit before going asleep. I know I can feel quite energised in the evening, but if I don’t go to bed early I find myself sucking at absolutely anything I want to do the next day.

If you find that there are too many distractions at home or at your office then I would suggest to work somewhere else. Some people work best at cafes, but I personally tend to get more work done at the library from my university or at the public library.


If you’ve left it extra late

When work seems to pile up and there are two assignments to hand in on the same day for example, it can be even more stressful to finish everything in time. It has happened to me in the past and I hate whenever I have left things until too late. This happened to me with one of my first assignments for university and I learnt the hard way. I was stressed, anxious and worked throughout the whole night to be able to finish it and hand it in the next morning. These sort of deadlines very rarely happen anymore as I like to think I have become much better at planning assignments nowadays.

However, if you have left it very last minute there’s only one tip I can give you and that is to just cope and spend as much time on it as physically possible. Even if it means you have to work through the night to make sure to finish it in the morning. It’s super unhealthy, to do so and you feel like a wreck afterwards but if you need to finish it extra late, then you will have to compromise on sleep and your social life.
I honestly hope you will never have to deal with this amount of stress, as it is the absolute worst to be under such a huge amount of stress and adrenaline. Make sure to plan your work right so you will never have to keep working until 2 hours before your deadline without any sleep. Not only is it bad for your physical health, it’s also bad for your mental health.

Hopefully this post gave you a few tips on how to power through some deadlines and it gave you a bit of motivation to not leave things until extra late. 
Let me know how you power through deadlines you started a bit too late.


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Mango coat, ZARA jumper, ASOS Farleigh jeans, Adidas trainers, Lancaster bag

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  1. Good luck with your assignments and deadlines, I remember how stressful it used to be xx

    GemmaEtc.com ❤️

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    1. Thank you Gemma! It's so stressful, but it's all usually down to planning! xx

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