In college everyone used to say that students have to choose 2 of the following because it is impossible to maintain all 3: good grades, a social life, and sleep. Now I have good news and bad news…
The bad news is that chances are you will be balancing so much more than those three things (grades, sleep, social life, athletics, student organizations, physical health, faith, hobbies, etc.) BUT the GOOD NEWS is that it is completely doable!
There will be times where it seems like you just can’t win and you may have to make sacrifices occasionally but it is possible to achieve a balance. It took a while to figure out how to juggle it all but I am able to look back on my 4 years at university and know that I did well in school, had great friends, plenty of good memories, stayed fit, and was pretty well rested.
When it comes to achieving balance, prioritizing is key. You have to consider what is most important at the time whether that be prepping for a major project or exam, catching up on sleep, or having down time with friends, each can be very important.
By establishing a daily/weekly routine it will be easier to balance all of your wants/needs. For example, set aside time each day that is strictly for studying/homework but also schedule time to relax or hangout with friends. Having a schedule can help you stay on track and also give you something to look forward to.
A few other tips for achieving balance in school:
- Stay on top of your work: waiting until the last minute is NEVER a good idea. Even if you think you are someone who “works better under pressure” (trust me, I have tried telling myself that and it isn’t worth it).
- Organize your surroundings/schedule: When everything around you is organized and tidy, everything else will start to fall into place as well.
- Surround yourself with understanding and supportive friends: Having friends who support your study habits and academic goals will make balancing everything so much easier. It also helps to find friends to study with occasionally!
- Make lists: whether you make a to-do list or keep track of things on a calendar/planner it can really help to have all of your tasks/assignments/goals laid out in front of you so you know what exactly needs to be done.