March 5, 2019
The College Girl’s Guide to Balance
They weren’t kidding when they said life is a balancing act. As a college student, life tends to get a bit hectic. With interning, working, school, and extracurriculars, it’s difficult to stay on top of things – and even harder to excel. Try to add in a social life, exercise, and the must-have Netflix binge, and it feels like there’s not enough time in the day.
Mastering the art of balance is tricky, but it’s so necessary. Let’s face it: responsibilities don’t magically disappear once graduation is over. The “real world” (a.k.a. life) will come with challenges just as tasking as what you’re facing now. Learning how to keep everything under control is a skill that will last a lifetime. Lucky for you, I’ve come up with a few tips and tricks that help keep me (relatively) sane. I wouldn’t call myself a master quite yet, but practice makes perfect!
My Day Designer is my best friend. Actually, it’s better than a best friend – it’s my life saver. At the beginning of the week, I like to write down everything that needs to be done, no matter how miniscule. Beyond assignments, make sure to include meetings, social gatherings, and other responsibilities throughout the week. I like to guesstimate how long each individual task should take so I have a better idea of when I should work on what. Having everything in one place will help keep you on track – plus, it feels SO good every time you get to cross something off the list!
It’s easier said than done – I always say school comes first, then find myself agreeing to dinner with friends when I should be studying. These priorities can change every day, but it’s important to understand what is the most prominent task to be completed. Work in order of what’s due first, then try to tackle pesky or more time-consuming assignments. If you can get these done ahead of time, you’ll thank yourself later!
Take advantage of every opportunity.
With an ever-growing to-do list, sometimes it feels like there’s no way to get it all completed. When you’re in a time crunch, it’s crucial to take advantage of every opportunity to get something done. Whether it’s writing an email while walking to class, or reading the first few pages of an assignment while waiting for lecture to start, make the most of idle time. It’s nice to get little tasks out of the way so there’s more time to get in the groove of those bigger projects.
This is something I’m still working on. I’m a bit of an overachiever, and I often agree to extra projects or social outings when I know I can’t handle them. Society tends to correlate how busy you are with how successful you are, and that’s just not the case. Don’t feel bad for saying no to something if you know you won’t be able to give it your all. That age old wisdom “quality over quantity” is so popular for a reason. Prioritize yourself and your sanity, and understand that it’s okay to not do it all!
It won’t happen overnight, but soon enough, the balancing act will become easier. Hang in there! What are some things you do to keep everything in line?
Amber Carvalho is ACPR’s Public Relations Intern and college life connoisseur. If there’s one thing she knows about college kids, it’s that they love Netflix – and she’s no exception. No matter how busy she may be, she always tries to make time for a quick Netflix fix. She is currently bingeing Criminal Minds and can recite almost every episode of Friends.