I posted this in student teachers, but realised that I could really do with advice from those in the sector who have been doing this years and may be in a better position to advise. I'm currently on my final primary PGCE placement and I can smell the finish line in 6 weeks time. The problem is, I have had a massive problem throughout my placements and it's already causing problems with my mental state, and it will cause problems for my teaching and my relationship as it happened in my previous placement. Basically, I spend far too long planning. Every lesson takes several hours to think of, then prepare, then type up, and I get so far behind with my planning that I end up planning for the next day each night, and it just adds extra stress as I'm just running around the next day getting everything I need and hoping the school has what I need for the lesson. I did all my medium term plans over the Easter holidays, but the problem is I just couldn't get them done 'properly' in time to be satisfied with them, and so I've basically ignored them and have re-planned everything. But also, even though this is a good thing in some ways, assessment of learning makes me want to change a lot of the planning, and so I end up planning as I go along. I can't sustain this kind of last-minute organisation, and it's driving me nuts. My biggest issue is first of all, the learning objectives. I get so wound up over them. Whether they're the right ones, whether they are progressive of the previous lesson, whether they will lead to progression. I worry whether they're worded right, whether they should be taken from schemes. A lot of the scheme objectives seem to be vague and not based on skills, and yet I read that they should be based on skills. I don't know what to trust, and I don't know whether I should be thinking of them myself. The next big issue I have is actually engaging with the objectives. Somehow I just can't think of the outcomes straight away. I find it very difficult to think almost immediately what the children actually need to do to meet the objectives and it results in hours and hours of searching the internet for examples of planning that miraculously have the same objectives, or an activity to pop up that would meet the objectives. Sometimes I start with the activities and then amend the objectives. It's just all wrong and getting stressed over it all the time doesn't help either. Dont' get me wrong, my teaching is good; at least it has been graded good with some outstanding features. My plans have been graded outstanding, but that's only because I'm spending so long agonising over them. I want to be able to select my learning objectives within 5 minutes, take another 5 minutes to establish my criteria/outcomes, and then spend an hour typing up a lesson plan and preparing resources. I'm only doing 50% teaching at the moment and I'm due to do 90% soon (in a Y6 class so have had to start small due to SATs), and yet it's killing me. Sometimes I have to get up at 5am to finish my lesson plan, and go in feeling so unprepared that the lesson suffers. They never ever go the way I plan exactly anyway. I really want to change this, as it's the biggest source of stress for me right now and I absolutely dread sitting down to plan a lesson as I know I'm just going to feel anxious 3 hours later as I haven't decided on what the content of the lesson will be. Progression between lessons is also a big source of stress. Thank you in advance, and sorry for the long rant. It seems many other students have this issue but I still can't seem to solve it. Advice from mentors/tutors have said things like 'focus on the objective and go from there' etc etc, but even the objectives are giving me stress! Hopefully I'm not the only one either.