Many students find that it can be hard to manage their coursework and a job without becoming overwhelmed. Today’s blog post will contain 10 tips to help students achieve and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
1. Set Realistic Goals
You might have decided that this new phase in your life should mean a whole new you, which can lead to some overly ambitious goals. You might initially feel like you can eat healthy meals, study for an hour every night and work out every morning, but trying to implement all of those big changes at the same time is a recipe for failure.
Instead, start with smaller, more realistic goals that are stepping stones to your ultimate goal. Aim to study for 30 minutes each night or work out twice a week. Setting realistic goals will lower your stress and make you feel good about yourself.
2. Don’t Procrastinate
It’s easy to put off a little bit of work here and there, especially if you don’t have parents or teachers looking over your shoulder. To avoid last-minute cramming or feeling swamped by your work, be sure to set aside small chunks of time dedicated to completing assignments.
3. Prioritize Your Time
It’s important to use the time you’ve scheduled for yourself wisely. To help keep your work and personal life balanced, set a list of tasks you want to complete in order of importance. This will help you make the most of your time.
Other ways to manage your time better include:
- Making a weekly to-do list
- Breaking up large tasks into smaller components
- Setting deadlines for yourself
- Keeping an up-to-date schedule
- Planning segments of time for relaxation and seeing family or friends
4. Eat Well
What you eat may not seem like a big deal, but it can affect how you feel and think. Eating foods that are greasy, sugary or carb-heavy can make you feel sluggish and tired. Choose healthy meals and snacks to give yourself a natural energy boost and increase focus. Be sure to stay hydrated as well. Not drinking enough water can make you feel tired and contribute to headaches.
5. Improve Your Study Habits
Any good student will likely spend countless hours studying, so it’s important to make sure that time is being used wisely.
Here are few simple ways to make the most of your study time:
Plan to study when you’re most alert, regardless of what time of day that might be.
Have a study goal for each session.
Dedicate each study session to a single subject.
6. Learn to Say “No”
It will take some time to adjust to your new workload. You will be flooded with requests to join clubs, fraternities and volunteer causes, but you shouldn’t add on any additional stress until you can handle it. Maintaining your school, work and home life should be your first priority; other opportunities will still be there later.
7. Ask For Help
Your family, friends and instructors all want to see you succeed. If you start feeling overwhelmed or too stressed out, reach out to someone you trust sooner rather than later. The quicker you can get someone to help you manage your stress, the better your life will be.
8. Be Present
Worry about one thing at a time. When you’re in class, focus on absorbing the material and engaging in discussion. Don’t let your mind wander to work or relationships. When you’re spending quality time with family or friends, allow yourself to relax and have fun without worrying about work or school.
9. Reward Yourself
All work with no reward is a quick way to burn out and become irritable or depressed. Plan small treats for yourself for completing projects on time or sticking to your schedule.
10. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
You can’t be perfect, and you shouldn’t expect yourself to be. If you miss one class or let your room get a little messy, it’s okay. Learn to let go and focus on what’s important.
If you’re starting to feel like school is taking over, incorporate a few of these tips into your life to help regain your balance.