In college, as in life, some weeks are harder than others. This past week was a very tough week for me. I had multiple essays and presentations due, and I spent almost every night in the library until midnight or later. I also had things going on with the clubs I’m in, as well as working. It can often feel like everything is due all at once, and those weeks can be really hard to get through successfully. I’ve been there multiple times, and I have some tips for successfully making it through a tough week when it feels everything is falling apart!
- Plan ahead. This won’t help you once you’re in the midst of a horrible week, but it can definitely help avoid them! If you are looking at your calendar and you see a lot of big assignments all due around the same time, start planning ahead to get those done early. If you have a good start on some of the assignments, it can be a lot easier to deal with your jam-packed week.
- Cut out wasted time. If you usually spend your hour lunch break on instagram, do something different this week. Use every little bit of time you have to work on your assignments. While it’s okay most weeks to waste some time, you’ll be helping yourself if you spend that time productively instead.
- Say no. If someone asks you to hang out or to something with them, learn to say no. It may suck to miss out on something that sounds fun, but remember there will many other opportunities to hang out, while you will only have one chance at the assignment. For just a few days, put aside your social life and focus on school. It will be worth it when you aren’t despairing over your GPA at the end of the semester.
- Take care of yourself. While you may feel like you don’t have time to eat/drink/sleep, you will be more productive and able to perform well if you take care of your basic needs. Eat foods that make you feel energized – avoid junk food and chocolate that will make you feel sluggish. Drink cold water and coffee, but avoid sugary drinks if at all possible. Pack your meals with protein to power you through the day. Try to get a good amount of sleep each night – exhaustion isn’t fun, and it won’t help do well on an assignment.
- Prioritize. Make a to-do list, and put the items in order of which need to be completed first. Stick to your list. Don’t do the easy stuff just because you don’t feel like doing the tougher things that need to be done first. Once you finish the big stuff, everything else will seem easy. Plus, you won’t waste time doing something that’s due Friday when you still have to do something due for Wednesday.
- Use efficient methods. If you know you work best while alone in complete silence, don’t go to join your friends in a study lounge to work on homework. If you know you work better sitting at a desk, don’t get into bed. While hanging with friends and sitting in bed sounds more fun, you will only end up working harder for longer. Listen to yourself, figure out what it takes for you to be productive, and do that. Just because something works for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you, so figure out your own needs.
- Don’t skip classes to do homework. I know so many college students who have done this before, and it just doesn’t make sense to get more behind in order to get caught up! Skipping class is never good, and as nice as it may seem to get those extra hours of sleep, you should really try to continue going to classes. When I skip, I always end up more stressed and guilty, rather than feeling any better.
- Remember that you can do this. Don’t give up on yourself. Remember what you’re working towards – don’t let that go. It’s only a bad week, not a bad life! You have a whole group of people who believe in you and want to see you succeed. It may seem like everything is falling apart and you can’t do it, but you are stronger than you know, and I know you can do it!
I’ve made it though more than one tough week in my college years, and I know you can too! Never give up! Have you ever dealt with a tough week like this? How did you survive it? Let me know in the comments!
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