Every student understands the stress you feel nearing the deadline for that all-important dissertation.
You become a bit (or a lot) flustered, consequently causing you to struggle and not think straight.
So, I’m here to share a few simple tips that will help you feel more organised and relaxed.
As a result, you’ll be able to keep a clear mind and cope better with the stress.
Without further ado, let’s look at the first tip!
Plan Your Time Out
No matter how organised you are, it’s essential to have a plan during your dissertation writing.
I’ll admit, even I can be bad for not planning my time out, so I know how it can negatively impact stress levels.
Set reasonable targets and be sensible in the amount of work you can do.
Do not plan your work hourly from 8 am to 10 pm with two breaks because that’s not feasible! All it will do is cause you to fall behind, resulting in yet more stress.
Give yourself plenty of breaks. Leave time to eat and relax, and set achievable goals.
It’s always better to over-achieve than not meet your goals.
If you need help, there’s plenty of ready to use templates available for students to download online.
It pays to prepare.
Be aware of everything you need in advance.
The last thing you want is to think you’ve got everything covered, only to end up spending hours researching things later, thus putting you behind schedule.
For example, have a reliable dissertation binding service in mind before you get to the point where you need to get your work printed and bound.
Research the company before choosing them to discover their advantages.
Are they well-reviewed? Do they offer dissertation binding online to save you time and effort? Can they complete your dissertation binding in hours just in case you run close to the deadline?
These are the sorts of considerations that can make or break your ability to cope under pressure.
Imagine trying to research answers to all this after you’re exhausted from hours of writing, but you’re desperate to find the perfect 24-hour service.
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Make a Checklist
Checklists can be much more efficient than you realise!
You might have an extraordinary memory with your mental list stored in it, but stress can do crazy things to our brains.
Trying to remember so many things at once, it’s no surprise that you’d unwittingly let something slip through.
Checklists are a great way to jot down everything you need, and they’re easy to add to if you forget something when writing it!
Make sure you remember to include every detail, including things such as below:
- Proof Read
- Check Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation
- Double Check References
- Print and Revise a Draft Copy of the Dissertation
- Choose Binding Style
- Find a Printing and Binding Company
- Check All Required Information is on the Cover
These are a select few, but they’re the ones that slip through most often.
Yes, proofreading and spelling may seem obvious, but under deadline pressure, it can easily get overlooked.
Stay organised, and experience the satisfaction of crossing of the last point at the end!
Have Regular Breaks
Despite what you may think, working solidly for hours on end won’t make you finish any faster.
The longer you work without a break, the less productive you become. As a result, you become slower, and your writing becomes sloppy or filled with mistakes you’ll have to rectify later.
Take regular breaks where you’re completely away from the screen to help refresh your brain, so you’ll work much better when you return.
How often you should take a break varies from person to person. However, on average, it’s recommended that you take a short interval of approximately 10-20 minutes every hour.
Shorter breaks taken regularly are proven to be more effective than infrequent longer breaks. They give your brain the opportunity it needs to refocus after the point hits that you begin to experience a productivity slump.
So, don’t feel like you need to work continuously throughout your every waking hour.
Timetable plenty of breaks into your work plan, and make sure you leave enough space for some you time as well.
Set a Good Working Environment
You won’t work well somewhere that is full of distractions.
Get rid of everything that could pull you away from your work.
For example, stay away from noisy areas such as places where others are talking or watching TV. Quiet locations are less likely to distract you as your focus won’t get pulled towards what’s happening around you.
Turn your phone to silent. Or, if you’re happy to keep it in another room, even better!
It’s not only removing distractions that can benefit your working environment.
Adding soothing additions can help improve focus as well.
Maybe you work better with soothing or ambient noise in the background, or perhaps some gentle mood lighting to help lower your stress levels.
It all depends on the individual.
Find what works for you, and ensure you set the right environment before you begin.
Above everything else, remember to breathe!
You’ll get through it, and it will all be worth it in the end.
By following my tips above, you can improve your ability to cope with the stress and keep a clear head.
You’ve got this!
Which of these tips do you think you’d benefit from the most?
Let us know in the comments or share your own tips that may not be listed here.