Whether you’re still at uni or about to graduate, life can get on top of you. Here are some handy tips for balancing a hectic schedule.
It happens to all of us. You take on too many things and don’t realise it until too late. I love being busy – there’s always something to do and I never get bored. But sometimes it all gets a bit too much. Here’s how I try and stay in control of that work/life balance.
Write It All Down
Whether you have a physical diary, or use the calendar app on your phone, writing everything down in one place makes it easier to manage. You can access all your commitments in one place so it’s less likely you’ll forget anything. Plus, it’s going to be easier to see when you have a little bit of time free. I put my shifts, plans with friends and even when I need to do the shopping on my calendar. It might seem a bit overkill but I always know where I’m at. The Apple calendar also has the option to share your calendar with someone else! My boyfriend was always asking me where I was off to and what I was doing when – now he’s in the know too. It’s a really great feature if a friend or family member is trying to track your hectic schedule too!
Book Time Off
This may sound a little hypocritical from the girl who just said she loves being busy – but it makes me appreciate my time off more. Even if it’s just for a couple of days, and even if you do nothing. Giving yourself some time off is just as important as working or studying. You probably won’t know how much you need it until you do it either. If you’re not in a position to take whole days off for a little while, commit an evening or morning every now and then to catch up on your favourite TV show or grab a coffee with friends. Taking a break usually means your head is in a better place to get the job done even better when you get back.
Diversify What You Do
Even if you love what you’re studying, or the job that you do, doing the same thing day in and day out can get a little tedious. By committing to other things as well, you’ll probably like the 9-5 a little more. Scheduling in time to exercise, or even volunteer work will still keep you busy, but the variety will help you love your hectic schedule a little more.
Being busy comes with commitment. Sure, that can be a good thing, like I said, I love it myself! Just be careful not to burn yourself out either. There’s a fine line between a busy calendar and not giving yourself time to breathe. Ensure you get enough sleep, food and drink and take breaks when they’re given to you!