How to Lead a Balanced Life at University
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Find a balance between your studies, your health and the things you enjoy as a university student.
The journey through university can certainly be an overwhelming one, as there is so much to do in so little time that enjoying the process is difficult. In addition, many of us feel that, with so much to do, we don’t have time to do the things we love or to take care of ourselves. For that reason, it is important that we try to find a balance between our studies, our health and the things we enjoy doing, or we might end up frustrated.
How can you find a balance? Time management goes a long way in helping us effectively schedule our days, which will help us find a balance between our studies, our health and the things we enjoy.
Balance Your Life at University
1. Control your time
It is very common to procrastinate when we have plenty of time to hand in assignments or study for exams. However, as the upcoming deadlines come nearer and nearer, we find out we are way behind.
Taking control of your time and finding out we are the ones in charge of our decisions and studies is a must! We need to make wise decisions on how to spend our time to make sure we are able to do everything we are supposed to do for university as well as enjoy our time. Doing to-do lists for each day (short and realistic ones) and sticking to them is a great way to stay organized and not miss on any deadlines.
2. Mix up study techniques and resources
University isn’t a one-size-fits-all process. Each student needs to find out what works best for themselves and make sure they respect that. Whether it is watching tutorials, reading textbooks, listening to podcasts, rereading notes from class, drawing maps, among other things, each student needs to figure out what methods and approaches to studying suits them best, as plain reading is not helpful for everyone.
3. Find the time of day you are most productive
Maintaining a high level of productivity and concentration during the whole day is impossible. Each one of us are more productive in certain times of the day, which is why it is important to pay attention to our studying patterns and figure out when we are most productive. This way, we will be able to schedule our study sessions and the rest of our activities according to what works best for us.
4. Take breaks
As previously mentioned, maintaining a high level of concentration during all day is impossible. It is essential that we give ourselves some time to relax in between studying not only to be able to study with a fresher mind, but also to stay healthy. Our mind and bodies need rest, and we should respect that.
5. Find time to take care of yourself
Our health should always be the top priority. Without taking care of our health, not only will we end up sick, but we won’t be able to study as effectively as when we are healthy. Make sure you take care of your health while you are at university, as many people put it in a second place of priority.
A good way to find the time when you have so much to do is to implement active breaks, meaning that when you take breaks from studying, instead of sitting down and scrolling through social media, you can stretch, go for a walk, or any other activity that involves bodily movement.
6. Get rid of distractions when you are studying
The biggest source of distraction is our phone, as there are so many entertaining things to do with them. Sure, watching a series, scrolling through social media, and chatting with friends might be more interesting than studying, but we must study anyway. For that reason, turning our phone off during our study sessions or at least turning our notifications off will be extremely helpful.
7. Study with friends
Studying alone works best for some people, as they find it easier to concentrate on their studying instead of talking to each other. However, once in a while, it is quite useful to study with our classmates because they can give us a different insight into the topics that may help us understand it better.
University can be an overwhelming process but it can be easier to go through it when we find a balance between our studies, our social life and our health. Make sure you take care of yourself, give yourself time to meet with friends and do things you enjoy, and take enough time to study as well.