Balancing social life with uni life
I think this is an issue all of us have struggled with at some point in our lives. Balancing social activities alongside piles of uni work can be daunting, especially if you also have a job/other commitments on the side.
I have always found it extremely useful to keep a diary with all the times of important activities for a day in one colour and activities that I’d like to do in another colour. Most of the important ones include the hours I put into my part time job and university lectures/labs. Sometimes personal stuff can also be labelled as important and cannot be avoided. I think sometimes it’s important to try and make a sacrifice here and there.
Due to the load of work I am left with, this sometimes means that I loose a weekend of social life here and there. Sometimes it means that I’ll have to take a day off from work or uni and catch up later. What’s important is that you do the catch up with university straight away as if you miss too many, you could end up playing catch up all the time.
All my deadlines I write on a separate piece of paper and stick up in my room. This usually helps me to keep focus of what’s coming up next. I have tried having a fixed revision plan in the past, but I found it difficult to manage as when there’s unexpected things, these aren’t usually catered for. A more flexible timetable seemed to do wonders for me.
What I am trying to say is that it doesn’t matter what approach you take, as long as it works for you! You are your own critique when it comes to deciding what to do when. Find a method that allows you to be on top of your management with time and organisation.
Another useful tip is to sit down and talk to your friends or your lecturers. Some of them are extremely helpful and would go out of their way to help you. One of mine offered last year to help us devise a revision timetable! This is something to bear in mind if you honestly just fully struggle with time management, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Ask for help, if you think you need it. If you don’t tell them, they won’t know.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!