Constructive answer to not enough time

It’s that time of the year where the students are feeling like there isn’t enough time.

It’s that time of the year where it’s hard to watch certain behaviors and offer a civil response to complaints about not having enough time.

I’m thinking this afternoon about the positive things I’m going to say in response to these sorts of claims:

Let’s make a plan for the next week.
What do you feel the most stressed about?
What’s the one thing you could do right now that would help you feel caught up?
Have you made a list of everything you need to do?
What are the things you do that help you make the most of your time?
Have you looked at the requirements for the project, course, assignment? (With undergrads I find that re-reading the requirements helps them relax.)

I’m wondering, too, if I might enlist a few of the kids who are really working at managing their time to share their approach with the class.

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