How to cope when a project is bigger than you thought

by Julie Baird on January 15, 2010

We are approaching the day when a lot of people hit a low point after the New Year. New Years resolutions have bitten the dust and we realize that yet again they have failed to change. It can be easy to fall into this way of thinking. You have planned time for a project only to realize there was more to it that you previously thought.

Don’t panic! Don’t give up!

Go back to your plan and adapt. Time management is not about setting things in stone and sticking to it. It is about having a plan that is flexible enough to cope with the unexpected. For students this is essential since projects and assignments will often prove to be more complicated than expected.

Make sure you have buffer time in your schedule to help cope with these situations. I am sure you will find ways to fill it if you don’t need it.

After that it is a case of tightening up on some other activities and asking for help when you need it.

The important thing is to learn from the experience and build that into future plans. If you find it happening to you a lot, then build more time in from the start, or spend a little bit more time up front scoping out assignments. It could save you some stressful moments later.

If you want to learn more about how to free up time and get more done with less stress then check out my Time Management Skills For Students E-Course

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