Being a student comes with the stress of getti0ng good greats, attending class and complementing all homework assignments on time.
Being an employee comes with the stress of abiding by a work schedule, representing an employer and saving an acceptable amount of money.
Being human comes with the stress of maintaining a good sleep pattern, social life, and an overall, healthy lifestyle.
In other words – it’s the 20-something juggling act.
It’s important to work hard and achieve what you need, but it’s also important to maintain sanity and take time out of your busy schedule to breathe. When you become overwhelmed, remember that you’re not the only one.
Everyone gets stressed and spends their days frantically running around trying to complete everything that needs to be done. How many times do you hear someone say “there’s not enough hours in the day?” The key is to be efficient and use your time wisely.
Some things to consider:
- If you have a part-time job, limit your availability at work to 1 or 2 shifts a week during the school year. Change it to open availability during Christmas break, Spring break and summer.
- Keep organized. Input tests, assignment due dates, special events and your work schedule into a calendar, agenda or your cell phone. This will prevent you from forgetting something important and ensure that you have everything completed in time.
- Take necessary breaks like grabbing a coffee with a friend, going to the gym or spending more time at the dinner table with your roommate or family. It’s important to remember to enjoy life and release the stress before it becomes overwhelming.
- Don’t leave homework assignments and studying to the last minute. Giving yourself as much time as possible will cause you less stress and your work will be better as a result.
- When your friends are at the bar while you’re working, or skipping class while you’re attentively taking notes, keep focused on your goal and the successful future you have ahead of you. Peer pressure is an added aspect to the juggling act, it’s important to say no when necessary. If they are truly your friends, they will respect you.
- Be fortunate for your opportunities. A lot of students have trouble finding a job due to the economy, lack of experience or poor availability. These students are potentially putting themselves in a position to be financially unstable and hold an unimpressive resume.
- Limit your use of time wasting events. This means Facebook, Twitter, and other time-consuming websites. Don’t concern yourself with other people’s lives when YOURS is the priority.
- Don’t base your schedule around the TV schedule. Tape your favorite shows or watch them online when you have free time. Don’t cut a study session short or stay up late to watch a show when you can watch it at a better time and accomplish more instead.
So, welcome to reality.
Welcome to the responsibilities that come along with growing up and being mature.
Your hard work will pay off, that’s a promise. You are on the path to make not only yourself but those around you proud. Remember to stay focused, organized and prioritized. Turn to the people you love for support and motivation, even if things are hard, they’re harder when you’re doing it alone.