Your future self will thank you. And your future-future self will thank your future self.
A lot of people will tell you they work best the night before something’s due, whether it’s an assignment, an exam or something else that’s raising your stress levels. That can be true, but those people are living in a constant up-and-down state of anxiety and denial.
Take stock of the things you need to do in the near future, and make an immediate start on them. There are a couple of reasons for this: you’ll be better able to plan out your time, and you’ll have space in your schedule for anything unexpected that pops up between now and then.
How much better is it to be able to say yes to going fishing or hanging out with mates instead of having to smash through a last-minute essay?
Get in the habit of starting things as soon as they’re given to you, and you’ll have a way more relaxed and free life. Really, you should aim to get to a point where you can ignore due dates, because you’re getting things finished way before that becomes a factor.