Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is difficult for everyone, but especially students. They have to deal with competing deadlines for assignments, intense study for exams, as well as all their extracurricular and social commitments. It can be very easy to focus all your energy into studying which can leave you feeling mentally overwhelmed and physically exhausted. But if you go too far the other way and spend too much time socialising, you may jeopardise your academic results.
It is possible to create a healthy and productive study-life balance. One that allows you to succeed in your studies while allowing you plenty of time to pursue other interests and to be around your family and friends. Keep reading and we will show you how it’s done.
Create a schedule – and stick to it!
One of the best pieces of advice we can give to students is to be organized with their time. So, create a realistic schedule that includes ample time for study, time to relax and time for extracurricular activities. However, it’s not creating it but sticking to it is that is the most important part. So print out your schedule and attach it your wall, your diary and anywhere else where you will be able to consult it easily and quickly.
Multi-task with downtime
When you have scheduled some downtime between study sessions, use this time to do more than one thing for your physical and mental well-being. For example, Bespoke Music Tuition will allow you to explore your passion for music further but it will also help you to de-stress. Another example is to play an outdoor sport or go for a walk with your friends. Here you are being active, social and getting some fresh air and sunlight all at once.
Be comfortable saying “no”
Be realistic about your limitations. If you already have a busy schedule, it’s okay to say no to an invitation to join a new group or club. Additionally, if you have a deadline approaching, learn to be comfortable declining an invitation to a party or weekend trip.
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Create a physical divide between study and life
If your study area is also the place where you try to unwind, it will quickly become very difficult to separate the two. Attempt to create a physical divide, perhaps with a room separator or a curtain. Alternatively, study in an entirely different location altogether from your living space, for example at the library.
Study with other motivated people
Studying alone can be lonely and without someone around to tell you off, you might become distracted by, well anything! Buddy up with other committed classmates and you can keep each other company while being there to help, support and motivate each other to stay focused.
Feeling stressed and tired most of the time can be a sign that you are not maintaining a healthy study-life balance. However, if you manage to tick all these boxes, then you will be on your way to improving your situation and becoming more productive all round.