Good evening everyone!
I’m sitting in my apartment watching the New York Mets go up against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs. I’ve spent some time thinking after a few conversations I participated in/overheard on campus the past week. The main four topics were tied off with one word: balance. The four topics: school, sleep, social life, and sports.
With that said, I’ve been told this before- “Grades. A full night’s sleep. A fun social life. Success in sports….pick three out of four.” This meant that I had to decide which three things were important to me in college, because we were incapable of achieving balance with all four on a daily basis. I’ve seen people complain about their grades falling because they were partying too much, some complain about lack of sleep because they’ve been studying a lot, and so on. I’ve rarely had that problem, mainly because I was smart enough to listen to my parents and role models’ advice. So here’s what I suggest:
You will lose balance at times. But it’s how well you adjust that matters.
There will always be some long days and nights where the course work is overbearing, and you look at the time and it’s 11PM. You will lose sleep, and you might miss a fun time with your dormmates. You might be a little tired for practice (especially for student athletes). So what do you do when your balance is off? You re-adjust. Get a power nap here and then, in between classes or practices. Grab dinner with your friends, catch up on what you missed. Get some extra practice in to keep yourself sharp in sports.
There are a lot more to it than just school, friends, sports, and sleep.
These four things are pretty common in college, but there are so many little things that go unnoticed. What about your parents? Siblings? Friends from back home? That new friend you made during lunch? This little favor you have to do for a friend? Your stiff hamstring? Work? There are TONS of little things that pop up on a daily basis, and you will have to prioritize these things on top of the big four as well.
Priorities are very important.
You have to consistently prioritize and re-prioritize things based on how important they are on that particular day. What worked the best for my dad worked the best for me. He made a full to-do list everyday and checked off whatever he did, and then rearranged the remaining tasks. He then assessed whether it’s important or not that day. Once all the necessary stuff is done, he adds the remainder to the next day’s list. I’ve done the same thing throughout my tenure here, and it has proven to be very helpful.
Hope this helped you guys!