October is around the corner, and now is the time to focus in on what is important. Staying on top of course work will prevent feeling overwhelmed, especially if you are working and/or volunteering at the same time. Time management can help manage your day, and help you figure out what is the most important task to complete that day. Writing to-do lists the night before will help you have a clear understanding of what you will have to complete the next day, and they really help me stay organized.

While all these wonderful events are happening in Montreal, FOMO can be at all time highs. This is a good time to really FOCUS in on what is vital because taking on too much can lead to feeling dazed and confused. I experienced this this past week with all that I was saying ‘yes’ too. Sometimes it is okay to take a few things off your plate, in order to focus in on what is essential. There will always be opportunities to take part in social engagements, extra-curricular, volunteering, etc., but sometimes the focus must be shifted to what truly matters at this time.

For me, staying zeroed in on my courses, as well as working part-time and volunteering are more then enough to keep my plate from overflowing. It is a tricky balancing act, but it helps me figure out what things I am engaged in truly resonate with my heart. That is one of the great things of trying out so many different things, you really figure out what you like and dislike.

With that in mind, I try to focus on what I can control and that is what I act on daily. Control what I can, and the rest is out of my hands.┬áThis helps me put my best foot forward day in day out. The things I can control are what I put into my body, exercise, mindfulness, studying, etc., in order to truly stay ahead of the game. Stress management techniques can help manage the daily grind of life, and help subside feelings of ‘OMG, this is too much!’

So figure out what you can put on your plate, everyone’s is different and it’s up to you to find out what you can take on and what you can’t. This is a useful skill to help you learn if all the activities you are engaging in are honestly what you are about. University is a time to discover yourself, and try new things. Don’t be scared to do something you’ve never done, but at the same time don’t be scared to let go of things that aren’t serving you.

Have a wonderful week and thanks!

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