Paula Bailey

April 29, 2010

Getting it all done

Filed under: Stress,Students — Paula Bailey @ 4:57 pm
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stressed?

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Graphics students – stressing?

Here’s my cunning plan:

Make a list of little jobs you have to do before hand-in day.  Just the little ones.  When you are tired and utterly fed up with what you are doing and need to run away, do one of the little jobs as a distraction. Preferably on a project you’re not currently battling with – just swap to a small task on another project.  No more than half an hour.


  • Lay out a grid so you can design your business cards later
  • Do that little tweak to an image
  • Annotate a few pages on a different project than the one you’re currently working on
  • Cut out a pile of images ready to stick into your sketchbook later
  • Stick pre-cut images into your sketchbook
  • Tidy your work into piles again (if you’ve splatted it all over the place)
  • Google for half an hour – on one of your subjects – just free-surf
  • Write one section of your viva presentation

I’m sure you can think of plenty of your own – you must have lots of little things that need doing, or  bigger things that can be broken down into smaller jobs.

Just half an hour’s ‘break’ from the heavy stuff – you get to tick something off your ‘to do’ list (and that’s always satisfying and will make you feel better) – then you can go back to it a little refreshed.

OK not refreshed maybe, but it really does give you a breather and you’re still working.

Or you could stare at the pretty picture until all the nasty goes away.

Good luck.

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April 28, 2010

Short distractions

Filed under: Procrastination,Students — Paula Bailey @ 9:19 pm
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Getting stressed out working towards your hand-in deadline?  Maybe you need five minutes out just to chill – and then straight back to it!

Here’s what’s distracting me at the moment.  Feel free to add your own.

Flying Lawnmower

Yes, you read it right – a flying lawnmower. This always puts a big smile on my face.

Procrastination

Well that’s what you’re doing isn’t it?

You’re supposed to go back to your work in between these by the way – not watch them all one after the other.  Ration yourself!

Art in 3D – Samsung commercial

Very clever ad, and funny.

OK Go – This Too Shall Pass

This just puts a big smile on my face. It was done in one take. I love the energy in it.

You’re not just sitting here wading through the lot are you? Promise?

The Voca People

Acapella medley of songs – very clever.

Death Star Canteen

Acted out in Lego. If you’ve not seen it – where have you been?  (Strong language)

Back to work with you! You can come back here later.

Simon’s Cat Man Do

If you have a cat or have ever had a cat – this will ring true.

Her Morning Elegance

Amazing stop-motion video.

Now go and do some more work and come back in a couple of hours. Go on!

Amazing Sand Drawing

This is 8½ minutes long but well worth it. A whole story is told in sand.

Keep working – and good luck!

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