Fitting in work, exercise, study and family commitments, with any kind of social life seems a feat worthy of the great Houdini himself. So how do you find the right balance between work, study and life commitments? The secret is to get back to basics. Here are our top tips:
Don’t overcommit: Grab a calendar or a yearly planner and write down all your non-negotiable commitments. Then be realistic about how much you can actually achieve in any given semester, remembering you’re not a superhero.
Manage your time: You’ll need to be ruthless, make a daily schedule and stick to it. It’s also helpful to set yourself achievable weekly goals. Checking them off will give you a much-needed confidence boost and help to keep you motivated.
Prioritise your workload: Make a list of all the things that need to be done each day, then make another list of non-essential (or non-time sensitive) items to dig into if you get time.
Factor in downtime: Without downtime, your brain doesn't get the chance to rest and reflect on the day's events. Not only can your concentration and memory suffer, you can also become moody, irritable and just plain uncomfortable to be around.
Make time for friends and family: Once you’ve had some rest you’ll be in a better headspace to make the most of your time spent with family and friends. These people are your greatest support network and will be by your side in good times and bad. So commit to a schedule that includes them, even if it's just a quick catch-up after work, or Sunday lunch once a month. It will give you something to look forward to and prove to your loved ones that they’re still a priority.
Look after your health: Exercise, plenty of sleep and good food are essential for not only your general health and wellbeing, but also your optimal performance. Can’t fit in sport? A walk every day helps relieve stress, keeps your body healthy and allows you to think more clearly. Don’t have time? Take the stairs instead of the lifts at work, get off the bus or train one stop early, walk to the shops and maybe even cycle to work.
- Make time for family and friends
- Healthy body equals healthy mind
- Prioritise your workload
- Don’t take on more than you can handle