By Meera | April 16, 2014
I’ve always prided myself on being able to manage my time really well, especially carving out time for schoolwork. I never found that juggling activities was too stressful.
But this semester has been quite different. I’ve become involved in more organizations that I am extremely passionate about, and as expected, my schoolwork has ramped up.
It’s the typical story of the over-involved student. Your “free time” involves attending two or three back-to-back meetings and then coming home to do the dishes, cook dinner, and then start the hours of homework or studying you’ve delayed. Before you know it, you’ve been up since 6, and you’re going to bed at 1 am.
A couple weeks ago, I found myself completely burned out. I was not doing well in my classes nor was I being present and engaged during student org meetings or events. It led me to think about how I manage my time and if maybe I should change my process.
I’ve come to realize that one of the most important parts of multitasking is also being able to say no every so often.
This doesn’t mean say no to attending a meeting or deciding not to attend class so you have extra time for something else, but it means valuing your own sanity and well-being in the midst of everything. Taking time for yourself is okay. It’s not procrastination (at least that helps me justify it to myself).
I’ve also realized the importance of list-making. I am a compulsive list-maker, but what I’ve learned this past semester is to stick to your lists.
Rather than write dozens of random notes, compiling a daily to-do list helps organize the millions of tasks you have to do. And the ultimate reward of an organized list is the feeling of checking it off!
Ultimately, what’s great about Ohio State is the myriad of opportunity. However, with that, it’s important to balance one’s own well-being while also being able to be involved in what you are passionate about, and of course, succeed in the classroom.
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