Learning the Balancing Act
With more freedom comes more responsibility. As independent college students, we’re responsible for getting things done without being prompted by anyone else.
There’s often so much going on at once that it can become difficult if you don’t have one very important skill: the ability to balance.
Developing such a skill is a lot easier said than done, but there’s no better time to get started. Here are a few concepts to get you going.
Set Your Priorities
Sometimes you need to ask yourself: What’s most important?
Sometimes the answer is simple but other times it’s a bit more complex. Homework or the club meeting? Studying for the test or that party you’ve been hearing about all week?
You don’t always have to sacrifice fun for school, but knowing your limits and capabilities can help in making the best decisions for you.
Out with the Old, in with the New
There are some things that just need to go.
Finding balance isn’t just about devising a way to juggle everything that you have going on at this exact moment. Sometimes, in order to further develop one area of your life, another area needs to be lessened or done away with completely.
It goes back to prioritizing. Take the most important things in your life, devote the most time to those, and let the rest fall into place behind them.
Take Care of Yourself
To find balance on the outside, you need some kind of balance on the inside as well.
The better you feel, the more likely it is that you will be able to maintain your newfound balance. This means going to bed at a semi-decent time, eating foods that make you feel energized, and just making sure you’re in a happy state of being.
It’s much easier to find the motivation to make a change when you have a positive outlook.
Life is a Balancing Act
Think of college as a practice round for the real world. The balancing act doesn’t stop here. However, as it continues on, it will become a little easier to manage.
You may slip a few times, and that’s OK. Just like a tightrope walker at the circus, you have to fall a few times before getting it right. With practice and time, you’ll develop a skill that will be useful for a lifetime.