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Finding Balance

Finding balance between student life and personal life can be a challenge. Balance can become overwhelming if healthy living and wellness aren’t factored into the overall equation. Individuals can posses a variety of different roles. A student often wears many different hats: partner, worker, friend, classmate, etc. Often times these roles are in conflict, and a student must be able to adapt to the variety of factors and assessing priorities. Below are 4 steps to successfully achieve the balance between student life and personal life.

1. Keep an Updated Schedule
Keeping a schedule is a perfect way to keep yourself in check within a busy day. Keeping an updated schedule is even better! Studies find students that keep a schedule are more successful than those who do not. Studies also show that those who keep more than one kind of schedule are even more successful. There are 3 common schedules all students should have to help keep the balance in their lives. Those are a term (semester) schedule, a weekly schedule and a daily schedule. Each schedule tells the student something different. For example; the term schedule lets the student know of all the events, tests, and other on going occurrences that will be happening within the term, giving time to prepare. A weekly schedule includes only the events happening that week and a daily schedule obtains the events happening in that day. These schedules should be in a place where the student can see them on a regular basis such as a locker, binder, agenda or on the fridge at home.
2. Follow the Schedule
Following the schedule equals better balance, it is that simple! It is one thing to make a schedule but another to actually follow it. Make those schedules mentioned above your everyday life. Keeping to those schedules enable balance in your everyday life. These schedules also you to plan ahead for either your student life or personal life. Schedules also help you to stay organized between the two. It may seem like a process to create the schedules however, in the long run it saves you time, headache and stress.
3. Budget your Time
You budget your finances on a daily basis so why not your time. Understand that this is the investment RIGHT NOW! When it comes to balancing understand that going to school is where it is all at for the time being. School comes first. Successfully completing school leads to better things to come. When balancing your daily life remember that school is only a short time of your life so make the most of it and focus on the here and now. And that now is school.
4. Spend Time with your Family
Finding the right support system makes finding balance easy and obtainable. Spending time with family not only enhances balance but also helps with de-stressing.

“The secret to life is finding the right balance to everything you do…”

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