Being a full-time student can be difficult. There’s so many responsibilities and commitments that are all as demanding as one another. Creating a healthy balance between studying, going to classes and maintaining a social life is so important to ensure the best possible experiences throughout your uni years. Here’s some tips that I have implemented into my own uni schedule that have helped me handle everything:
Planning a weekly schedule –
We’re mostly all guilty of leaving an assignment to the very last minute, but it just creates unnecessary stress. Although staying on top of everything can be difficult, planning for the week ahead can help limit the amount of procrastination and binge-watching of Netflix that you partake in. By planning ahead of time, you’ll know exactly when your assignments are due and when you should start thinking about working on them. Try and take note of everything that you need to do within the semester – either on a calendar, your laptop/phone or in a planner. This allows you to determine how much time you’ll need to spend on each task, allowing you to also consider which tasks can be left until a later date.
Organisation is a key aspect in managing your study schedule and ensuring everything gets finished. By creating daily or weekly to-do lists, you’ll be able to know exactly what needs to be done and you’ll be able to strive to complete all the tasks at hand. Plus the satisfaction you get when checking off something that needed to be done is fantastic – believe me! This way you’ll feel so much better when it comes to participating in social events and the unnecessary stress will become limited.
Know your limits –
It’s always important to be able to recognise when you have too much on your plate for you to handle. If you start to feel yourself struggling, you may need to cut back on work commitments or you may need to say no occasionally to a social event. You need to be able to identify when you need a break. Take regular study breaks to ensure that you aren’t over-doing yourself and allow time to clear your head. This is not only good for your well-being but it’ll help your study in the long run. Don’t feel bad about taking a night off from studying, it’s something that everyone needs to do every once in a while. Go for a walk or do something you love – I promise it’ll make you feel better and much more motivated.
Look after yourself –
Most importantly, looking after yourself is something that should be top priority when it comes to studying and maintaining a balance. Making time for friends, studying, family and work are important but you need to ensure you still make time for yourself. Ensure you’re getting enough sleep and enough water. The temptation to eat unhealthy snacks while studying will always be there but attempting to maintain a healthy diet throughout the week will make you feel great.