7 Tips on Striking the Perfect School-Life Balance

Striking the perfect school-life balance is one of the most challenging aspects of student life. Managing your academic and social life properly ensures focusing on your education and at the same time focusing on your mind and other activities that make you happy. This is a valuable skill that you’ll need long after you finish college to obtain enjoyment and fulfillment in your life.

Manage Your Time Well

Get a paper or electronic planner that will help you organize your time by days and weeks. It’s crucial to plan your schedule and consciously decide on what activities and people you’ll spend your time. Make sure you write down all the tasks you need to get done, but also save time for your family, friends, and exercising.

Set Your Goals

As Tony Robbins says: “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” Therefore, take some time to think about the things you want to achieve or maintain. It can be getting an A, finding a part-time job or anything else that matters to you. Just make sure you break your goal into smaller, actionable steps as daily, weekly and monthly objectives.

Shuffle Your {riorities

Consider which of your goals and plans have the highest urgency and importance every semester. Those are the tasks you should be focused on the most to get them done first because they will have the most significant impact on your college life. Whatever your current priority is, get it done before anything else.

Learn To Say No

Establishing some boundaries and learning to say no is important for striking school-life balance. This means that sometimes you’ll need to skip parties, club meetings and other events around campus that may interfere with your planned schedule. Remember that this is a small sacrifice for accomplishing your greater achievements.

Be A High Achiever, Not A Perfectionist

Perfectionism leads to anxiety, lack of motivation, low self-esteem, and procrastination. Therefore set high, but achievable standards. Don’t forget to enjoy the whole process, not just the final result. Likewise, have a positive attitude toward constructive feedback, embrace it and consider mistakes as an excellent opportunity to learn and grow.

Lead A Healthy Life

If your body isn’t in good shape mentally and physically, you won’t be able to face all the challenges of student life well. Therefore, take care of yourself by sleeping at least seven hours per night, exercising three times a week and eating healthy meals regularly. Your health should be your number one priority, so make time for yourself.

Cut Yourself Some Slack

You’re only human, so don’t be so hard on yourself. Reward yourself for achieving your goals or good results. Treat yourself with a tasty dinner or a day trip out of town. Also, make time to enjoy family and friends, read non-academic books, watch a movie, or other activities that make you happy and energized.

Start by applying at least one of these strategies and improve your school-life balance! And don’t forget to check out GradGuard for all of your Tuesday Tips and other college hacks!

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