Balancing work, school, internships and just life in general can become a struggle especially when it’s all winding down to finals week. With only three or four weeks left in the school semester, it is what some people call “crunch time.” Right now is the time to end on a good note with all things you are involved in.
As a student who took on a campus job, a reporting position, an internship and four classes all at the same time, I can speak from experience that it is chaotic. Long days turned into long nights and there was nothing I could do about it but keep working. Not only did it take a toll on my sleeping habits, I officially became burned out.
But throughout the past two semesters of juggling all of those responsibilities, I learned a few tricks of the trade to keep going when all I wanted to do was crawl into bed and hide from everything.
1.) Make your agenda your best friend
Buying a planner sounds like a standard plan of action for organizing your life, but you have to actually use it. Keep your organizer organized by ranking most important events or tasks by importance with different highlighter colors.
2.) Block out hours for working
Balancing more than one responsibility can get confusing. Writing for two different publications and writing for classes made deadlines for me extremely important. The best way I balanced this was to put everything in order of what had to be done and basically “schedule” times I would sit down and do it.
3.) Buy a smart phone
It may be out of your budget, but it is the best investment for a busy college student. Being able to merge my school and work emails into the same group and accessing the internet at any moment has definitely increased my productivity. It may not necessarily help you “balance” life but it does make it easier.
4.) Ask for help
When life gets chaotic, don’t be shy to let your friends step in. It’s okay to say you need help or can’t do something. Especially when you need advice, friends or parents can give you an outside view on your chaotic life. Remember: “It’s okay to not be okay.”
5.) Don’t sweat the small stuff
Taking on more duties means there’s that much more to possibly mess up. Don’t worry about every little mistake or problem that doesn’t REALLY matter. Mistakes will happen and usually they will help you improve in all areas of life.
6.) Schedule time for fun
Remember that life shouldn’t always be about working. Take time to enjoy your college days and go to fun events with friends. One of my favorite quotes to live by: “Taking time to live your life will only inspire your work.”
Some more of my inspirational “keep on moving” quotes:
“Worrying will never change the outcome.”
“Eventually everything falls into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moment and know that everything happens for a reason.”
“Don’t make a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.”
“Everything in life is temporary. So if things are going good, enjoy them while they last. If things are going bad, don’t worry. It can’t last forever either.”
College Lifestyles has created a board full of inspirational quotes on Pinterest for when you’re feeling stressed or sad. I even printed out some
of my favorite quotes and photos and have them on my bedroom wall for whenever I need to turn to something for reassurance.
Jessica Fecteau is a senior fashion, etiquette and apartment/dorm life writer and is a sophomore at Central Michigan University. Jessica loves fashion magazines, listening to indie/folk music and traveling to big cities.