Do you struggle to juggle the daily demands that life throws at you?

Does it feel like you’re constantly trying to play “catch up”?

Do you believe that you’re losing the battle to stay on top of things?

I get it! Life is hectic!

While being a busy student writing a Master of Laws dissertation, I juggled and struggled with:

  • Homeschooling 3 energetic children,
  • Taking care of a home and a family of five,
  • Moving to a new house, and
  • Grieving the loss of a loved one during the lockdown.

So, I know that life can be really busy and challenging.

I know what it feels like to assume that everyone’s got their act together.

That you’re the only one drowning in an ocean of to-do lists.

Sometimes, it seems almost impossible to prioritise.

Yet, in order to be as productive as possible, it’s vital to prioritise.

Whatever you define as your priorities, below are some effective tips and techniques on how to prioritise.

They’re designed to help you, even if you’re a busy student who thinks you can’t.

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1. Avoid Procrastinating

Procrastination kills productivity!

I know this may not be a great revelation for you, but it’s worth reiterating it so that its significance isn’t underestimated.

Despite how diligent, dedicated, or determined you are procrastination is a plague that affects all of us sometimes.

One of the main reasons students procrastinate is because they fear failure.

This fear of failure is paralysing and causes procrastination which can be crippling.

Whenever I find myself tempted to procrastinate, I’d schedule specific times in my calendar/planner to start taking action.

I’d then try to stick to that schedule while reminding myself that sticking to my schedule makes me more productive.

I overcome the fear of failure by telling myself that if I make mistakes, it’s not the end of the world.

I’ll learn from the experience and move on smarter and stronger than when I started.

These affirmations took some time to sink in.

However, with repetition and determination, they’ve helped me overcome procrastination and learn how to prioritise.

 

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2. Keep moving forward

When life happens and you’re suddenly faced with unexpected circumstances, don’t panic!

Simply revise your priorities and keep moving forward.

If you’re so rigid that you can’t or won’t change when situations around you do, you’ll likely be left behind.

You’ll soon become a relic with outdated goals that may be impossible to achieve.

Avoid this eventuality by revising your priorities to accommodate changing circumstances and keep moving forward.

 

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3. Recognise your values

To help you prioritise, recognise your values.

When you know what you value, you’re better able to focus and set priorities that align with them.

Focusing on what’s important to you helps you to avoid wasting time, energy, and often money, on things that aren’t significant to you.

Make a list of what your values are so that it’s clear to you and others what you need to prioritise in your life.

Your list may include things like:

  • Graduating on time.
  • Having more work/life balance.
  • Improving time management, organisation, and productivity skills.
  • Improving your grades.
  • Spending more time with friends and family

Pinpoint what your values are and what you need to do to achieve.

This will help you focus on how to set your priorities.

You can then stick to your goals and eventually accomplish what you want long term.

If your greatest goal is to graduate on time, ensure that your priorities are in line with what you need to do to achieve this goal.

 

4. Avoid multitasking

When life gets hectic, multitasking may sound like an excellent idea.

Unfortunately, it isn’t.

When you’re constantly distracted by more than one task at a time, you’re unlikely to fully focus.

Additionally, you may not do a good job with any of the tasks. This makes multitasking pointless.

Next time you’re tempted to multitask, try determining what your priorities are.

Then focus on 2-4 tasks to tackle daily, in order of priority.

Focusing on one priority at a time reduces the risk of you becoming confused, overwhelmed, or demotivated if things fail.

Keeping it simple and focusing on one task at a time increases productivity and helps you prioritise.

 

5. Discipline and accountability

After you’ve set your priorities, being self-disciplined and accountable helps you on your path to achieving your goals.

Life is busy and filled with countless distractions.

If you’re not disciplined and determined to stick to your schedule, it’s extremely challenging to focus on your priorities and achieve your goals.

If you think you’re unable to remain disciplined and accountable, then ask someone you trust to help keep you accountable. You can incentivise them by offering to get them a treat of their choice If they ensure that you stick to the priorities you’ve set, stay focussed and be motivated.

If this doesn’t work for you, try joining an online community of like-minded people who’d be happy to hold you accountable, inspire and motivate you to keep on top of things.

Part of being disciplined and accountable is keeping track of your progress, (or lack thereof). Take time to regularly assess your progress. Continue doing what’s working and tweak what doesn’t.

 

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Final Thoughts

By applying the above tips and techniques you’ll be able to prioritise as a busy student, even when you think you can’t.

If it takes a little time to get things just the way you want them, be patient and don’t be too hard on yourself.

Consistently applying the above tips will make them positive habits. Before you know it, these habits will help you achieve your goals like a boss and live your dreams, both as a student and in your life’s journey.

Good luck & stay strong.

Now, GO BE GREAT!