How to Prioritise

When handed a list of tasks, one must go through the list to define what takes precedence. Schooling and academic studies are no different. Each subject commonly has a timeline of the tasks needed to be completed and when they must be completed by. However, students can still lose sight of priorities as one’s social life seems to ramp up. To make sure tasks are done on time and at a standard that reflects students’ effort, try implementing this advice:

  • Don’t create impossible situations or expectations. If an assignment isn’t due for 2 weeks, don’t make the decision to complete it within the next 2 days. Whilst the assignment may be done and feelings of accomplishment come to light, I guarantee the standard of the assignment isn’t as good as it feels. Take the time given to ensure the assignment fits both the subject’s criteria and your own inner criteria. Use the first week to research and create a draft, leaving time in the last week to edit and finalise.
  • Define what needs to be done. Read, and we cannot stress this enough, read the criteria. Scanning over the task sheet or criteria may seem like you understand what is being asked of you; however, reading with a highlighter in hand will ensure you don’t miss the fine print. Once the task sheet is fully comprehended, students are able to make a list or structure to follow to ensure the task is completed properly.
  • Use deadlines. Believe it or not, subjects and teachers provide the deadlines for assignments in advance for YOU. It is for the benefit of students so you can PRIORITISE your time. Look at the deadlines of each exam, assignment or task and map it out on a diary amongst all the others. Once the tasks are provided in time-form, students can see what needs to be done first and what can be left to last.
  • Allocate time for EACH and EVERY subject or task. Maybe Monday could be for science and English could be done on Wednesday. Whatever works for you, ensure that enough time is designated to the task so that researching, creating and editing can all be executed.
  • Reduce extra-curricular activity. Just because your mate Sam is having a party doesn’t mean you have to go. It may sound fun at the time, but the next day when you realise what needs to be done and the little time you have allowed for it to be done in, you might be wishing you sat that one out.