How should you spend your precious time? Let me give you a few things to consider.
1. Map out your time.
You have a very limited supply of time left and I suggest you plan carefully. List out the biggies that need to get done followed by the baby steps needed to complete those big tasks. List everything on paper. Next, assign a completion time next to each step. As you know, things always take longer to complete than you think they will, so increase every completion time by 50%. Add up the times and you have yourself a Time Budget. Do this every day. You probably won’t get everything on your list completed, but having your time mapped out will make you much more productive.
2. Work in baby steps.
Don’t worry about completing the entire project in one day. It probably won’t happen. Instead, focus on taking small baby steps. Baby steps are not difficult to do and they get you moving in the right direction. Completing even the smallest of tasks gives you instant confidence and helps keep Discouragement from creeping in.
Focus also on short time segments. You can plan to complete a certain project in 2 or 3 days, but that is too far into the future on how to spend your time now. Long time segments are vague and hard to grasp. Instead, plan on what you want to accomplish in the next 15 minutes. List that step on paper and then, BOOM! Get after it! Set your timer and watch yourself get productive.
3. Keep study breaks to a minimum.
I’m all about rewarding yourself with a study break, but keep it short. Don’t go off on long study break excursions that wreck your momentum. You have made it this far into the semester. Don’t ruin it by wasting an entire night.
I remember when I was in college and it was nearing the end of the fall semester. It was December, and our school’s basketball team was playing an away game. We were playing for the conference championship and a lot of my friends wanted to go to the game and me to go with them. I was nowhere near done with my Accounting homework and far from feeling good about the upcoming exam. I caved and went anyway. We ended up losing the game and I lost an entire night of productive studying.
4. Don’t get discouraged.
Discouragement is a huge time-waster. Once you get discouraged it takes a while to snap out of it. You don’t have a lot of time, so the best thing you can do is to simply do your very best. Whenever you put forth your best effort, you can’t help but feel good. You know what your best effort is. Show this class what your best effort is, and I would suggest starting NOW!