Don’t focus on too many things at once
One of the trendy things to do is to write a bucket list. It’s a list of things you want to do before you die – anything from retiring at 50, seeing the pyramids in Egypt, learning how to ride a unicycle, or developing a retirement fund. Although this is a good concept, it can leave you with a huge list of “things I wanna achieve.”
The trick is to whittle your wish list down into practical chunks. For me, committing to extra study and improving / practicing my bridge is quite time consuming. Adding in another major goal such as learning how to play a musical instrument would mean that some other part of my life will suffer.
Do create a plan
Once you have your list sorted out your next step is to rank them into one, two, and five-plus year goals. For me, learning how to play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major is not going to happen in a month, unless I’m a musical genius (which I am not).
You should break down your goal into bite size portions. For example, I’ve just received the material for my new paper. I am now going to work out how many revision activities I need to do each week to ensure I get through each module while still allowing sufficient time to write the assessments. Simple process but it worked well for the paper I have just completed and there were no last minute deadline panics.