Pressure – daily prompt

Today’s prompt is all about pressure – and man can I feel it.

In just over a month I will be halfway finished my undergrad degree – time flies. Until then I’m – as per typical at the end of a semester – totally swamped. Does anyone else notice that Uni is just alternating weeks of either a ton of assignments/test piled into the same week (or day) and weeks that are so calm you don’t feel enough panic to get much done (a lot less of the latter unfortunately)?

This system screws me. I work well under pressure. I need that pressure of knowing it’s going to be a crazy week, or that the deadline is fast approaching in order to commit myself to getting stuff done. Knowing I have lots of time is my worst enemy. So when I have a week with no big deadlines or tests followed by one that’s jam packed you can bet I don’t really get much done till it’s pull-your-hair-out busy and I’m staying up late and being all zombie-ish trying to cram last minute.

To overcome this as much as I can I set fake due dates for myself – a week or two before in extreme cases. If I know for example that I have two midterms and a paper due on the same day (how sad is it that this has happened enough for me to use it as an example) I’ll write two due dates for the paper in my planner – the actual due date and one earlier, in a week that isn’t quite so jam packed. I do my darndest to stick to these fake dates and it seems to help, for me anyway.

How do you cope with weeks of nothing then weeks of serious stress? Do you work better under pressure?

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Friday’s for Favourites

Who’s favourite day of the week isn’t Friday, I’d like to know?

Okay so I’m sure lotsa people’s favourite day isn’t Friday.. But unless you have a terrible weekend job or are totally insane and like school days better than weekends, if you’re a student like me – Fridays rock.

So here at Sticky Notes and Coffee I’ve decided Friday will be for favourites.

This weeks favourite category is pens.

Maybe that’s lame, but I spend a lot of time writing, my pen is important!

Frixion clickers are my recent favourite
Frixion Clickers

 

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These things are great for note taking, love all the colours and the fact that I can write as fast as a pen allows and as neat as pencil, because they’re erasable!

I don’t write tests with them because since they erase with friction I’m nervous pages rubbing together with erase some answers but for note taking and filling in my planner, these babies are ideal!

I strongly recommend the .5 clickers, the .7’s bleed a bit and don’t erase as cleanly. Another slight issue is that they do run out of ink relatively quick – but maybe it’s just because I use them so much.  If you’re looking for the perfect note taking pen these are it – I promise.