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Prioritizing? - March 5th 2015, 04:48 PM

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I am wondering how you would handle the following situation/looking for some suggestions.

I have a lot of assignments to complete (some are overdue because I had things come up that made it either challenging or stressful to work on homework) and others are due either this week or next week. My professors are aware of things.
I am just wondering, some of my assignments are small tasks that I can probably complete today and tomorrow. I have one assignment that is rather large (it involves reading and taking notes on four articles of varying length (three of which I still have to find).
I am thinking of completing all of the smaller assignments now so that I can spend Saturday and the beginning of next week focused on the large assignment (I'm not the best at going from one thing to the next and have a hard time focusing if I know I have many things to do).
Would it be a good idea to complete the smaller tasks: a couple three-page papers, worksheet, finding 12 articles and writing a topic proposal and a couple of exercises in a textbook or should I complete the larger assignment first?
I just cannot decide because it is all due and I'm not sure which would be best to complete first.
Do any of you find completing all of the smaller assignments helps with motivation for larger assignments or does completing the large assignment make completing the smaller assignment easier?
Also, I have an exam next week that I have to study for.
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Re: Prioritizing? - March 5th 2015, 06:01 PM

Well, from my standpoint looking at this it seems if you finish all of the smaller assignments first, it'll make it easier on you to sit down and just focus on the larger one because you won't have to worry about having a million other things to do. So maybe I'd do the smaller first.

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Re: Prioritizing? - March 5th 2015, 08:28 PM

This is how I did it, it may not work for you if you have trouble focusing though.

I break down the bigger assignments into smaller pieces which makes all the assignments seem more equal and then "chip away" at those while I'm also working on the smaller ones. Not multitasking, but do all the work for one class at a time, including part of the bigger assignments and then move on to the other classes. I would start with the things I knew I could get done and then do a piece of the big assignment.

I learned that getting the smaller stuff out of the way didn't do anything but force me to focus on the larger assignment (which I probably put off for good reason) and then trying to do the big thing all at once was nearly impossible, but that's me. If that works for you, you can do it that way.


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Re: Prioritizing? - March 5th 2015, 08:56 PM

Are the assignments worth the same or different? If some assignments have a lower worth than the others, I would leave them, and do the higher worth ones first.

Usually, I would say doing the smaller stuff first gets it out of the way but I have found at times that by the time I have done the smaller stuff, I tend to have a break, and then not start the bigger stuff, so I end up procrastinating.

If it helps, my old teachers used to say, in exams, start with the questions that are the longest/worth more marks. That way, you get them done and if you have to rush the smaller stuff, it won’t be so bad compared to doing the smaller stuff and then rushing the larger stuff.

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Re: Prioritizing? - March 6th 2015, 01:11 PM

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Are the assignments worth the same or different? If some assignments have a lower worth than the others, I would leave them, and do the higher worth ones first.

Usually, I would say doing the smaller stuff first gets it out of the way but I have found at times that by the time I have done the smaller stuff, I tend to have a break, and then not start the bigger stuff, so I end up procrastinating.

If it helps, my old teachers used to say, in exams, start with the questions that are the longest/worth more marks. That way, you get them done and if you have to rush the smaller stuff, it wonít be so bad compared to doing the smaller stuff and then rushing the larger stuff.

Best of luck!
Hi, I agree with what you are saying however, the points for the assignments are complicated to figure out because they are like 5/5 for the article summaries (each that is a part of the large assignment, that times whatever number the professor uses to make them the part of the grade that they are (not sure that makes sense).
Another girl in my group for the project has to complete her article summaries as well (found out during our group meeting yesterday) and we plan to meet tomorrow to find articles so we find nothing that other members are using.
I am working on the small stuff today and if I stay focused (which is a challenge) I hope to complete all that I can.
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