The new school year has just begun, and students take centre stage. They are like circus performers, juggling and doing difficult balancing acts. But unlike actual circus performers, the student’s struggle of juggling and balancing does not end when she goes home at the end of the day. There are exams to study for, part-time jobs to attend to, student organization meetings, and a social life (optional) to maintain. As many social media savvy millennials would exclaim, “The struggle is real!” It is difficult to fathom how some people can survive it all.
But fear not, here are a few tips and reminders to help you get through the year:
It doesn’t exist. Just like the limit doesn’t in Mean Girls. Don’t watch TV, chat with your friends, check your emails, and do your homework at the same time. You will get through all your tasks much faster if you focus on one at a time.
On Finding your “Zone”
YTV has a “zone,” and so do you. It is when your productivity levels are highest. Learn to recognize when that happens. For some, it may be right when they wake up in the morning. And for others, it might be at some odd hour of the night. The latter isn’t recommended because sleep is something you actually need, contrary to popular (false) belief.
On Spacing Out
Spacing out…. Your studies! (Not dozing off. I bet that’s what you thought it was) Say no to #TEAMProcrastinationNation. Cramming sucks, and it makes you feel horrible afterwards. The feeling is sort of like when you swear you’ll never drink more alcohol than you can handle after a bad night. They have a lot in common actually because in both situations, you don’t remember much the next day.
On Marshmallow Moments
Marshmallows; marshmallows everywhere! I know you want to eat them all, but don’t. The reward is much sweeter when you delay gratification. This applies to everything in life. Watch 3 hours worth of Vine videos, or get started on readings? Eat a giant bucket of poutine, or go to the gym?
Surround yourself with people who influence you in a positive way. There’s this thing called “mirroring” in Psychology, where you subconsciously imitate another person’s actions, and eventually their attitudes in order to build rapport with him or her. I’m not saying that you can’t be your own person, but it would make your life a whole lot easier if the people you’re with inspire you instead of bring you down.
Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. It’s easy to get lost in a sea of school work, student organization work, work work, and so on and so forth. You might ask, what is the point of all of this? In order to avoid this, take some time to reflect on what you want to achieve at the end of the day. It doesn’t have to be one of those, “where do you want to be in 10 years?” things. It can be simple.
On Forgiving Yourself
These habits don’t develop overnight. It takes a lot of hard work to balance school and everything else successfully. So, in times where you fail, remember not to beat yourself up about it. Every day is an opportunity to pick yourself up and do better. This is the most important item on the list. Always remember this!
A lot of these tips have been reiterated time and time again, but it’s easier said than done. This is a friendly reminder that these healthy habits are achievable if you really try and commit to them. Who cares if everybody else is staying up in the wee hours of the night, or totally blowing off their priorities? You can be different! Challenge yourself this year and kick some butt.
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