Hello everyone! I can’t believe it is December already. This year has gone SO FAST it’s unbelievable! So much has happened in this past year but I am so excited to get into 2017 and hopefully make it a year to remember!
Unfortunately, being a student, Christmas and the New Year isn’t all just chocolate and presents. There’s usually some sort of assignment to do over the holidays, and in my case, I have three. That’s right! Three. One due in just before Christmas, and two due in January.
But it’s ok because I have a plan, and I am going to share some tips with you so you can keep your holidays as stress free as possible! So for any students who are panicking because they have an assignment due in either during or after the holidays – do not worry! Follow these tips and you will sail through it and will be wondering what you were even worried about in the first place!
1. Plan your time!
I suggest you sit down and write a list (I am not ashamed to say that I LOVE lists) with all of your assignments and/or exams with any important information, such as deadline dates. This will help to put everything in perspective so you know what you have to do, and when you have to do it by. Once I knew when all my assignments were due and what was involved for each one, I sat down and wrote a massive to-do list. I put each week in a list and beneath each week I listed what I needed to do for each assignment. This way, at the beginning of each week I can simply look at that list that I made and follow it and then I can stick to my plans easily!
2. Start planning early
I actually did the previous tip in the last week in November, so I knew the whole of December and January was planned around my assignments. This allows me to get a head start on each assignment without leaving them until the week before they’re due and suddenly panicking because I haven’t started it at all!
3. Take a Break!
It is Christmas after all! Make sure you fit in time for yourself to do things you enjoy doing That might be just taking a day off to do some Christmas shopping or binge-watching your favourite box set (I naturally reach for the Friends box set!). If you don’t allow yourself some proper time off to relax, you will end up burning yourself into the ground and end up doing absolutely nothing useful – believe me, I’ve been there!
4. Think of the Bigger Picture
At the end of the day, it is just a couple of assignments! And it is just one Christmas. Once you’ve finished studying you wont have these do to again, so make the most of it now! Next year, you won’t be remembering your Christmas holidays for the stress of your exams and assignments, but you’ll remember it for the time you spent with your family and friends (well, I hope so anyway!).
5. It’s a blessing, not a curse!
Think of having assignments and exams due after Christmas as a BLESSING! I know it’s difficult because all you can think of is it ruining your holidays but think about it, would you not rather have all your work spread out into manageable chunks over the holidays, than have to cram it all in to get it done before Christmas and potentially not doing as well in them as a consequence? By simply switching your mind-set to think of the positives, you will instantly feel more relaxed about your assignments, and you never know, you might even enjoy doing them!
So there we go! 5 tips for you students out there who might struggle over Christmas! I probably don’t need to say it again, but planning is essential to stay stress-free and relaxed so you can enjoy Christmas with your family and friends.
If you do start to feel overwhelmed, just take a step back and think of the bigger picture! I always like to use Mindfulness when I’m feeling overwhelmed and stressed!
Have you got any tips for students that you’d like to share? Comment below with your thoughts!
P.S. I’m attempting to do Snapmas over on my Snapchat! So far I haven’t missed a day so come and say hi! My username is amysaunders08!