- Set Priorities.
I don't know where to
begin, so I can't begin at all.
have to do EVERYTHING! Nothing less will do.
Instead: The most
important step is to pick one project to focus on.
- Break the Task Down into
There's so much to do, and it's so complicated. I'm overwhelmed by my
English term paper.
I don't have to do the whole project at once. There are separate small steps
I can take one at a time to begin researching and drafting my paper.
- Set Up Small, Specific
I have to write my thesis within two months.
If I write 2 pages per
day, Monday-Friday, I can finish a 1st draft in 1 month. I'll have a revised
final draft in 2 months.
- Take One Small Step at a
It's too much. I'll
never get it all done
What is the one next
step on my list? I'll concentrate on that step for right now
- Reward Yourself Right Away
When You Accomplish a Small Goal.
I can't take any time
out until I'm completely finished.
I spent an hour working. Now I'll call a friend.
- Use a Time Schedule.
I must devote the whole week to this project
I can use these times
this week to work on my project:
Monday 7-8; Tuesday 7-9; Saturday 10-12.
- Learn How to Tell Time.
Sorting through these papers and reorganizing my file cabinet will be a
snap. It won't take me more than an hour, so I can do it any time.
Sorting papers always
takes longer than I expect, so I'll start tonight. I'll spend 1 hour filing
1 stack of papers.
- Optimize Your Chances for
I'll do my writing this
weekend at home.
I'll write during the week in a library. (Choose whatever conditions are
optimal for you to get work done.)
- Delegate, if Possible.
I am the only person in the world who can do this.
I don't have to do this all by myself. I can ask someone else to do part of
the job and still feel a sense of accomplishment.
- Just Get Started.
I can't write this
speech until inspiration hits.
I'll write what first comes to mind, then improve it later.
- Look at What You Have
I have hardly made a
dent in all there is to do.
I have reviewed my lecture notes and read 3 chapters. That won't guarentee
me an "A", but it's more than I did yesterday.
- Be Realistic!
I should be able to work
full-time, take 4 classes, be president of the Esperanto Club, spend more
time with friends, and play tennis 2 hours a day with no trouble at all.
I have limits. I can take on fewer responsibilities and still like myself.
- From: Student Learning Center/CalREN
Project/ University of California, Berkeley