You are Horribly Behind … Now What?

by Julie Baird on February 24, 2010

The whole ostrich approach can be comforting, but unfortunately at some point you do have to take your head out of the sand and face reality.

If you have gotten into a situation where you have a backlog of homework, projects, assignments and studying, you need to figure out how you are going to get back on track.

  1. First, talk to your teachers or guidance counselors. Let them know the situation you are in and that you want to correct it. Let them help you establish some priorities. Find out what you can make up, how much it will contribute to your overall grade, how much you will lose by turning current work in late etc
  2. Prioritize your work based on how much it will contribute to your overall grade. Generally, you want to work on anything that has not passed its deadline first. This will be worth more to you.
  3. Identify all outstanding work, old and new. Break it into chunks and estimate how long you think each will take.
  4. Plan in chunks of time into your schedule. Discuss the plan with your teachers or counselor if necessary – they will be much more receptive if they know you have a plan to get back on track.
  5. Now work your plan!

If your are struggling to control your time and get the results you know you are capable of then it is time to take action.  The Focused Time Management System TM for Students avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get you back in control of your time and your life. It’s all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you’re done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy!  All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter.  E mail me at to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help.

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