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Grace Fleming

Prioritizing During Exams Week

By December 3, 2012

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It's end of semester time! Many students are facing finals and big project deadlines. That's plenty to think about, alone - but this is also the beginning of a holiday season. This is a time when students can struggle to stay focused on things that really matter.

If you feel like you have a thousand things to do, but all you really want to do is play and daydream, you should make a wish list - but not the kind you send to Santa.

Take a few moments to write down all the important things that are coming up as the semester winds down. You'll notice that some of these priorities are complex, while some are simple. You'll also notice that some have specific deadlines attached to them, and others do not.

List things like:

Now glance over your list. You'll notice that a few of these tasks can be completed in one sitting, while big jobs like "finish research paper" and "study for math final" should not be treated as single-session events. These are tasks that require several sessions.

Next, write yourself a task list for every day coming up, putting the most critical jobs at the top of the list. You can cross off these important tasks when you finish them, but if you don't finish them, you just add them to the next day.

Keeping a list like this will actually reduce your stress and help you focus on one thing at a time.

It's so important to keep up with all your important jobs, but you should enjoy your fun events, as well!

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February 5, 2013 at 11:57 am
(1) Rohini Chaudhury says:

Thank you, Grace for posting such articles. You are a great help. I have to admit this, that I’ve improved a lot in my studies and in building my focus after reading your articles. You are, just like your articles, amazing!

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