Getting Unstuck

When assignments begin to pile up on you, it can begin to feel like a juggling act. You can have so many tasks that it can be hard to know where to begin. Unfortunately, this situation can be very common so it is important to learn how to handle multiple tasks at once. To prevent yourself from having a stressful situation on your hands, follow these steps.

1. Make a list. Don’t try to balance all of your assignments in your head. Write every task down on a piece of paper and check off each task as you complete it. Being able to see your progress will make the whole process less overwhelming.

2. When deciding which project to start with, always do the quick hits first. Beginning with the most time-consuming task will make you feel discouraged. Instead, work on the easiest assignments to get kick-start your momentum.

3. Avoid distractions as best as possible. If you are working at the office, place a sign by your door or put your online status as unavailable so that people will be aware that you should not be interrupted. If you are working from home, go to a quiet room in your house and turn off your cell phone and television.

4. Take breaks. Working for several hours at a time will make you mentally exhausted and eventually slow you down. Therefore, take a break every 1 to 2 hours for ten minutes at a time. Other good break suggestions can be found at http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2011/06/13/ work-less-produce-more.

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