How to End Failing Assignment Deadlines Once and For All

Posted: May 10, 2016 - to Educational tips By: Emilie
Content getting the assignments done

It will take a little bit of discipline

That sounds so simple -  and it is!Also, it will take a little bit of time, but it will be well worth the investment in both, to avoid those awkward moments with your tutor or even your parents.

Getting organized was simple once; you had one diary, and everything went into that one diary. Your information could not get lost nor could it get corrupted or confused. The problem, these days, is that with the advent of iPhones, PCs, Macs, tablets, etc. information tends to be put onto the device you have at hand at the time at which you receive it. This is fine if you are up to date with your synchronization, and if all your machines talk to each other.

Often, for various reasons, life doesn't quite work out that way, and you find that the date that piece of work had to be in on has disappeared somewhere. You can't remember the name of the paper, you can't remember the name of the professor, and nothing that you search for will bring it up.

So, the first rule of assignment deadlines is to have ONE SYSTEM and stick to just that system.

The second reason the deadlines get missed is that they are no longer visible. They are usually buried away on your calendar application or agenda program and only get noticed if you dig into it and look for the item, or you have to remember to put on an alarm or an alert which brings it up. The problem here is simply that when that alarm goes off, you are probably busy and either snooze or dismiss the reminder.

How do we get around all this to make you more efficient?

Well - you revert to good old-fashioned pen and paper

Go and buy yourself a dated agenda or calendar with enough space to write your assignment on.

Then simply hang this up on your wall, put it on your desk, or on your bedside table, and make a point of nothing on it every time an assignment is due - what it is and what the deadline is. That way you are forced to look at it - first to see the date, then to see the task.

Don't just use the planner or diary to write down the academic targets and deadlines; it is just as important to put in your own time. This will help you avoid clashes and enable you to prioritize, in advance, the most important things that you need to do on that particular day, or in that particular week. That way you don't find that when you wanted to go up to that ball game, or whatever, you suddenly discover that forgotten essay on "Abyssinian goat farming in the 14th century" is due in the morning.

Obviously, you do not need to plan to the microsecond - that would just be confusing and drive you nuts - but putting in the important things and making them the priorities means that you will be able to work the rest of your schedule around those tasks, rather than finding that the other tasks preclude you from doing the important stuff.

The best type of planner is one with a plastic film on which you can write with a marker pen, that can be wiped off and altered, should you find that your plans have changed.

Having a planner does not preclude flexibility - you can still do all the things you did before; but at least this way those really major assignments, essays, papers, coursework, and lectures are right in front of you.

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