11 Struggles Every Student With Terrible Time Management Can Relate To
Plan? What plan?
1. Approaching everything the last minute way.
If the deadline seems far away, then the importance of the project automatically degrades. In spite of knowing what will happen because of this (ie, maximum stress because the work is now not only urgent, but critical), you never think to start sooner.
2. And just not being able to get your head around good planning.
It’s not that you don’t try; you start every year with a promise to strictly plan every assignment, project, and keep track of them all meticulously. But does it actually happen? Ha ha ha. No.
3. Not even benefiting from the breaks you take.
You can’t even organise your time off properly. Unlike everyone else, when you take a break they are neither healthy nor conducive to powering up for getting back to work again.
4. And falling victim to perfectionism.
You could be forgiven for not considering this to be a problem people with poor time management struggle with, but I am here to tell you it is. We have a tendency to spend a great amount of time on insignificant details and struggle to know when to stop working on something because nothing ever will achieve perfection.
5. Not to mention procrastination.
Look, even people with great time management do this every now and then. It’s just that we’ve really perfected the talent. You know you shouldn’t, but you can’t help it. Sometimes you don’t even realise you’re procrastinating until it’s too late.
6. Burning out easily.
You put off doing work for ages, then become stressed because you’ve put the work off. Then, when it comes to taking a break, you can’t enjoy the break because you’re still stressed about the fact that you left everything until the last minute again. Aaand repeat. As such, you end up getting nowhere on either front and burn out.
7. And overloading on tasks.
To make up for all the things you’ve yet to do, you try to do too much in between. Constant engagement is a great way of developing your work stamina and personal growth. However, there is a limit for everything.
8. Constantly either underestimating or overestimating how much time you need to do things.
It goes one of two ways. You either think you can do things in no time at all and end up running out of time, or you grossly underestimate how much time you need and end up not using the time you have left over wisely.
9. Giving yourself no room for mistakes.
Allocating a little bit of extra time for any work you do will save you time and energy in the long run. We know this. Do we do it? No.
10. Fearing any and all approaching deadlines.
Not that most people look forward to them, but you really fear them. Each one presents another challenge for your time management skills.
11. And the biggest struggle of all: worrying that you’ll never ever change.
This simply isn’t the case though. You can. Try reading this for starters.