I haven't slept much this week due to the homework load I am receiving. I'm a perfectionist, so I take my time on my assignments to guarantee a high grade to satisfy my extremely high expectations of myself. Any suggestions on how to satisfy my personal standards, my teachers, while trying manage a reasonable amount of sleep?
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Compartmentalize! This is the only way that you are going to get through college! Look at how you spend your day, and chart it out, if you need to, and say you spend 2 hours on the computer, take an hour and 15 minutes to work on homework instead. Same with TV. Everything must have its own place in your day!
Hi! Perfectionism runs in MY family so I understand what you are facing! Its sounds though you may be missing "structure" in your day to accomplish all the tasks you want! It requires a bit of self discipline but it can be done!! It's okay to take your time with your homework assignments. (just make sure what your taking your time with!) In other words make sure you understand what you working with! Don't just work with decimals, understand that you might need this to balance a checkbook! So try to understand what the information taught to you is used for! If you are unclear on this in any way ask a teacher or prof! Before during or after classes! Pull your teacher over before or after class or you might be able to schedule a small consistent meeting with him or her. Or ask during class! Once you have all these priorities straight you should be able to designate time in your day for each one!! Please write again with any further questions!
Do not take yourself so seriously, life is not much fun when you are so serious about everything. Take a break when it is needed, meditate at least once a day, use breathing techniques. I would suggest the following http://www.wildmind.org/mindfulness. It is one that worked for me in the past, and I am one with high energy. I learned how to calm my mind with the techniques. It also helps clear your mind as well and helps you focus longer.
Susie Sayles Camel
Perfectionist tend to think they can control every situation which tend to make them give up before starting.. This can cause a lot of anxiety, therefore you need to follow your courses by the syllabus, and once you know that you have learned that block of material as presented take a break relax and do some me time activities you enjoy. You need to do your best but accept the fact that all teachers are not perfect and neither are the students. Establish a meeting with your instructors in the beginning of each course, a one on one and explain this to them, most will give you directions that will help you understand what learner outcomes they are expecting and how they evaluate them b/c hearing it from them will allow you to absorb it better instead of just reading it on paper, this can take a lot of preconceived misunderstandings that might be easier than you think. This will also show the instructor that you are serious about your studies thus making them a better instructor for you as well. . You might be a good candidate to get a study group going or join in one, this can help you see that you are not the only one who want a good grade or is having this problem. Hope this help you.
High expectations are fantastic, but you have to be sure to find the consistent balance between school and non-school. There will be extremes either way, but be sure to reward yourself!
One practice that helps me and translates very well for school and work -- complete the tasks/assignments you are least interested in FIRST! Naturally most people will complete the easy tasks or the ones they are most interested in first, but this means you increase your chances of being exhausted when it comes time to do the task you are really not interested in.
Sleep affects everything: health, attitude, and performance. If you keep depriving yourself of sleep it will begin to show up in your work.