The art of multitasking


Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: Cambridge School of Art
Course: BA (Hons) Graphic Design
Category: Student Ambassador

24 October 2017

As a graphic design student, you might end up in a situation where you’d have to work on few projects at the same time. Here are my 5 tips on how to balance many tasks at the same time.

1. Plan!

It is very important to have a clear strategy on how you’re going to handle your workload. You could set daily tasks or make a to-do list for the whole week ahead.

2. Work step by step

If you have to finish five projects to finish by the end of the semester and try to finish it all in a couple of weeks, you’re not going to get very far. Instead, why not have a day of the week for each project (Monday - app design; Wednesday - vector portrait etc).

3. Don’t panic

For every course, academic work might seem a lot, and most of the time it is a lot, but you’ve got this! If you’re doing an undergraduate course in the subject you’ve chosen then enjoy it! If you like what you’re doing it does not feel like a chore.

4. Take breaks

Yes, you want to finish all the tasks you’ve been assigned quicker but, if you sit down and do work for few hours straight without a break you’ll get tired and bored very quickly and won’t be as focused and productive as you could be. Make sure you take short breaks every 45-60 minutes and maybe have short walks, to avoid vision or back problems in the long term. Also drink plenty of water on a long study day, this definitely has a positive impact!

5. Reward yourself :)

After every short task within a project, I like having a little treat to keep me motivated. Maybe a chocolate or a cup of tea, but it really makes a difference when you have something to make your journey through projects feel even more rewarding!


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