Dealing with deadlines

By Alex Cessford, first-year journalism student

Every uni student has deadlines and every student dreads them. Not only are they essential to getting the work in so a lecturer can mark assessments, they’re a key part of most workplaces you’ll meet in the future. But the main problem is: how can you deal with them?

There are two halves of dealing with deadlines: maintaining and managing. Maintaining deadlines would be to specifically achieve deadlines while managing them is being able to balance deadlines with other deadlines and everyday life. Both work together to achieve success hand ins on deadlines.

Time Control

The first step to maintaining deadlines is to knowing when to hand them in and working that against your schedule. Always check dates such as deadlines. If you struggle to remember dates and this is the reason you forget to maintain deadlines, start by making the dates noticeable. Save files with the assessment and dates visible in the save title or on the top line of the page. Alternatively, for when you do paper copy work, make a note or stick a post it to the page so that the date is visible.

Furthermore, you could also invest in a wall planner or table planner so you can write down important deadlines, so you know you can reach them in time always. Starting this sort of task will be beneficial in the future, also if it becomes habit or routine, you’ll never forget a deadline or date.

Balance Time

If you know you have deadlines and many of them it’s important to balance your time. Consider which task will be longer to do and do that before the shorter exercise, even if it’s going to be harder. This means that if you do struggle with the work you can come back to it again without fear of then missing the deadline.

Set Study Time

If you struggle to not find time to work towards deadlines or rather you procrastinate too much to, set yourself study time. Some like to timetable study time while others like to leave slots of time free to get on with any task.

Split up workload

By splitting up a deadline over a number of days you’re more likely to avoid pushing off a hand in and will finish it within time of the deadline. It eases the pressure of writing in one session and less chance of leaving anything to the last minute. This also lends to planning your essays and making sure you have a clear idea of deadlines and timescales.

Leaving it until the last minute isn’t the end of the world

As long as you get deadlines in, leaving work till the last minute doesn’t discredit the work you’ve done. However, when approaching this consider how it might cause your work to lessen in quality due to the short timescale. Furthermore always check before handing it in that there are no errors, which can be easily obtained by fast deadline work. It’s always better to be able to take your time with your work, just in case.

Hopefully, by following these tips, you’ll be able to avoid missing deadlines and work towards meeting them better and lessen the stress.


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