Managing Stress in College: Doing Assignments Right Away

College comes with its own set of challenges. Your academic load is more demanding, your professors are more demanding, heck even your social life can be more demanding. But what’s clear is that the stress brought on by such people and events can be managed, and in an effective way. Stress in itself isn’t necessarily bad as it can be a driving force for a person to finish, say, a paper due, or to perform better in class in general. It’s only when there is an excess of stress that things can turn for the worse.

In my experience, stress-reduction relies heavily on one’s time management skills. Using the same example above, how do you think a young student might fare in college if he or she didn’t have to rush and finish writing his or her papers a few hours before the deadline? Common sense dictates that this student will be a lot less stressed and will even have the luxury to edit and revise his or her paper as necessary. This may sound rather simplistic, but trust me, the solution to having great time management skills is also as simple yet highly effective.

If you follow my blog, you probably would have read about this tip already, to do your homework the day they are given by your professors. Have you ever heard of Parkinson’s Law? Plenty of college students know Murphy’s Law (anything that can go wrong, will go wrong) but Cyril Northcote Parkinson is another wise guy students should listen to alongside Edward Murphy.

Parkinson’s Law basically states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” In other words, your rationalization to need the entire two weeks to finish that important paper crumbles under the fact that you’re just able to finish it in two hours. This means, if you strictly impose on yourself a limited amount of time to complete a work, you’ll move heaven and hell to finish it within the set time. That’s Parkinson’s Law and it should help you think differently about stress and time management.