Hey my loves,
Last week I talked about my personal development story so I thought it would only be fitting to talk about how I deal with stress in a little bit more detail and especially focus on how I managed to write three papers simultaneously and prepare an oral exam.
Now the ideal procedure is to write one paper after the other and have about two months to finish each of them. Well, I didn’t have that pleasure, I had to write them simultaneously and two of them actually had their due date in the same week. But I managed to do them, and I actually did pretty good.
And here’s how I did it.
I made an individual plan to follow for each of the papers, as well as one for the oral exam. The only thing I didn’t to is set myself due dates for certain aspects, because I, for myself, know that it does not work for me. And, because usually you have at least two or three problems with the paper – may it be just phrasing problem or a blockade.
Here’s what I did before I enrolled my papers:
- I discussed with my lecturers possible topics and then I researched it.
- I compiled a list of literature that I wanted to check out and then I actually went into the library and copied anything that was remotely connected to my thesis.
- After reading all of the secondary literature I wrote out the citations on my computer and then organized them after the sub-topics. That way it was easier for me to keep an overview of the citations.
I did these steps for all four exams. And then I enrolled my papers, the enroll-time for the oral exam is only four weeks before the date.
Here’s what I did after enrolling:
- I made sure to only work on one paper on a day. This meant that I wouldn’t have as much time as I should have, but allowed me to have a better overview of my work.
- I also made sure to spend some quality offline. Meaning I spent time with friends or family that gave me enough space to never feel burned out. I feel like the time I spent with them or went into the gym gave me the needed energy.
- I am a person who works and does not like to stop until a certain thing is achieved. So on the day I was working on a paper I set myself mini goals, approximately so far apart that I could take a break for lunch and be finished around dinner time. That way I was able to finish two to four sub-items each day, sometimes more, sometimes less.
- I also made sure to write with the correct formalities, so that I would not have to alter them after I was done. Furthermore, I made sure to write down every secondary literature into my bibliography as soon as I used one. Also in the correct and asked for formality.
I also had a friend proofread for me, which was super helpful, because most of the time after writing so much, you don’t see your own mistakes anymore.
Here’s how I dealt with the stress:
- As I said I made sure to spend quality time offline with friends and family.
- In also liked working out on the days I worked on my papers or go for a walk just so I get a little bit of exercise that day.
- Furthermore I made sure to eat good and healthy meals, so my brain was fueled with energy and had the tools to work in overtime.
- I also made sure to never work longer than 9 pm. So that I had enough time to switch off my brain and have some me-time before bed.
I hope that this gave you a good insight on how I deal with stress especially in regards to College time management and stressful finals time.
I wish you all a wonderful day!