Studying at University can be really stressful. Juggling coursework, deadlines, family commitments, having somewhat of a social life and possibly a part-time job is enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed. If you’re studying a creative design course, it is especially difficult to get the balance right between doing coursework and actually living your life!
However, you’ll be glad to hear that studying a design course doesn’t have to take over your life. I’ve put together a few tips to help you find and maintain balance throughout your time at University.
#1 – Use a diary or calendar
Get a diary, or even better, use the calendar app on your phone to keep a record of all your classes and any other personal commitments (like a part-time job). Using this, you can then easily see what free time you have to complete coursework, see friends and family or just relax!
#2 – Create a project planner
For each project you have been assigned, create a project planner detailing each individual task you need to complete in order to fulfill the brief and meet the assessment requirements. Alongside each of the tasks, also note the date it needs to be completed by. It may help to work backward from the deadline date and give yourself enough time at the end to resolve any issues if anything didn’t go to plan. If you follow a project plan, you’re less likely to end up with loads of work to catch up with at the last minute, and it allows you to plan in some personal time to spend relaxing or with friends and family.
#3 – Use to-do lists
Using your project planner, make regular to-do lists, either daily or weekly, to keep on top with tasks that you need to complete. To-do lists help ensure that you don’t forget any important tasks, and also gives you a sense of achievement when you can draw a line through tasks you’ve completed!
#4 – Learn to prioritize
Some Uni tasks will take precedence over others, ensure that you complete the most urgent tasks first as to not leave them to the last minute.
Sometimes, you may need to prioritize yourself over your coursework! If you find that you’re feeling really stressed out or tired, take some time for yourself to relax and rest before trying to finish your coursework. You won’t create your best work if you aren’t feeling good, so always find time to check in with you.
I hope these tips have helped you out! I’m planning to write some more detailed blog posts on time-management, project planning and organisation soon, so look out for those on my social media 😊.