Finding the balance between work, study and social commitments is not an easy task. The secret is to get back to basics.
How to get work-life balance:
Here are our top tips:
If you fail to plan you plan to fail
Grab a calendar
or a yearly planner and write down all your non-negotiable commitments. Then be realistic about how much you can actually achieve in any given semester, remembering you’re not a superhero.
Stick to your plan to achieve your goals
You’ll need to be ruthless, make a daily schedule
and stick to it. It’s also helpful to set yourself achievable weekly goals. Checking them off will give you a much-needed confidence boost and help to keep you motivated.
Prioritise your workload by creating lists
Make a list of all the things that need to be done each day, then make another list of non-essential (or non-time sensitive) items to dig into if you get the time.
Factor in downtime to improve your mood
, your brain doesn't get the chance to rest and reflect on the day's events. Not only can your concentration and memory suffer, you can also become moody, irritable and just plain uncomfortable to be around.
Make time for friends and family
Once you’ve had some rest you’ll be in a better head-space to make the most of your time spent with family and friends. These people are your greatest support network and will be by your side in good times and bad. So commit to a schedule that includes them, even if it's just a quick catch-up after work, or Sunday lunch once a month. It will give you something to look forward to and will prove to your loved ones that they’re still a priority.
Look after your health
Getting enough exercise, plenty of sleep and eating the right food are essential for your general health and well-being. If you find that you can’t fit in sport, consider taking a walk. A stroll every day helps relieve stress, keeps your body healthy and allows you to think more clearly. Don’t have time? Take the stairs instead of the lifts at work. Get off the bus or train one stop early. Walk to the shops or even cycle to work.
Tips for Work-Life-Study balance:
- Make time for family and friends
- Healthy body = healthy mind
- Prioritise your workload
- Don’t take on more than you can handle