- Set goals but be realistic
- Postpone when you can
- Learn to prioritise
If you are going to aim for top marks in all of your courses this Study Period, hold the best birthday party for your seven-year-old, give your friend a surprise baby shower, start a brand new project at work and make plans to start exercising this week, then you are setting yourself up for a burnout.
You need to set goals - but you also need to focus and be realistic.
Consider what needs to happen this month and scope your activities into priorities.
If a major social event is still a few months away, can you start planning next month? Are you about to start a large project at work that may mean you have to work late often and might compromise your plans to exercise? Think of your priorities and do not set yourself up for failure by failing to plan.
One trick is to prioritise. What goals must be accomplished and what is the time frame you have to work with? What projects and activities can you shift around if you have to?
Commit to things that are important and urgent and put non-essential plans on the backburner.