David Turner

The Importance of Planning

Week 12 is both a fantastic and stressful time for me as a student. Fantastic because it marks the end of a semester, which has had some rather unenjoyable work involved in it. Stressful because it's the final week of the module, which means it's crunch time when it comes to getting work done.

You'd think that would be enough for any student on the course. UnFortunately, I'm a glutton for punishment I love a challenge so, in addition to coursework deadlines, I was also putting the finishing touches on a client project. Fortunately, I work well under stress and am, for the most part, quite good with managing my time.

Planning - Making It Possible

Juggling a lot of tasks can be very challenging at the best of times. Add in deadlines, stress, people asking for work, and working on projects with multiple people and things can get out of your control very quickly. This is true regardless of where you are in life. School, college, university, work or even a social event, there will always be things that will quite happily eat up hours of your time.

So it's important to take control of what does take up your time, to ensure that you have enough time to do all the things you need and want to do. For the most part this isn't an overly difficult thing to manage daily, but it's always good to have a good groundwork in place to ensure that if when things suddenly decide to all need done yesterday that you can take things in your stride.

Having a Plan

Plans have this horrible tendency to be really useful. Scary, I know, but true. They help people to get things done. This is true regardless of how detailed the plan is, be it of a militaristic battle plan or a simple list noted down on a scrap of paper.

Many, if not all, of my blog posts start off as a simple list on a piece of paper. The benefits of this, for me, are two-fold:

  1. This helps me structure what I am doing
  2. It gives me a checklist to ensure I've covered everything I want to cover

This is applicable to other things that I do, as I find writing lists a fantastic way to ensure that I get work done, as well as helping me to organise what I need to do in order of importance. It also provides me with an easy way to identify what has and hasn't been completed.

This proved to be really useful for the closing week of the semester due to the extreme busyness wrapped around everything that was ongoing. If you find yourself struggling to get your work done then you really should look into planning things out. It helps.