Balancing Work, Social and Study

Work Life Balance Signpost Shows Career And Leisure HarmonyHappy New Year Readers! I want to talk to you guys today about dividing your time between friends, jobs, and school. This is one of the biggest frustrations in university. We all admire those superhuman individuals who are able to balance these three perfectly, with no complaints or struggles. They have great grades in school, a steady paycheck, and a healthy social life. So, how can we get to this point?

The best thing I could’ve done in university was get a planner. Seriously. A lot of people still don’t use them! Or, they might buy one, and never look at it again. But if you could take a glimpse at my planner, you’d see that it’s filled to the brim with little notes all over. And yes, I might not open it every day but at least I put pen to paper and made a mental note of what I need to remember. One of the cool things about a planner is that you can visually plan what will happen if you fall a day behind on work. My suggestion is to always come up with a back up plan because it’s completely normal to fall behind!

A reward system can be tricky but my roommates and I find it useful. The key to it is not making it seem like a hassle. If you make a list of ten things to do and then reward yourself with something that isn’t nearly as satisfying, then you’re likely to never do it again. Instead, make a quick routine out of your reward system. Break that list down to 1 or 2 things. Every time you finish those little subset tasks, reward yourself. Even if it feels like you’re interrupting your work every hour, it’ll pay off because you’ll be completing smaller, more achievable goals!

Finally, talk to your friends. Let them in on what you’re trying to achieve. If people don’t know, they’re more likely to ask you to go out, go to a concert, head out for happy hour, etc. Having just one friend who cares for your achievements will help in the long run. My roommate and I even set goals to achieve together. So, working in a team always helps!

While these things may seem obvious, you’d be surprised at how many people don’t go out of their way to set these three things up. Getting a little planner, breaking your goals down into small ones, and speaking to your friends are very do-able things. So what are you waiting for? Balance is in your hands!

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