Maintaining a Work/Life Balance- Key to a Happy Life
Being a student can be hard. We know that and we acknowledge your struggles in maintaining your grades, being a part of extracurriculars, socializing with friends, exercising, taking care of your mental health, and so much more. It can be very taxing on your body and mind. But don’t worry, we are here to help you. This blog post focuses on habits you can start to implement in your life to achieve work-life balance. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day!
1- Goal Setting
Organizing our lives sounds so much easier to say than to do. It can be made fun and easy to do. Let’s first start by talking about goal setting. Take out a piece of paper (or the Notes app on your phone if you want to be environmentally friendly) and start writing the top priorities and goals of yours in your work and general life. Feel free to write goals about the quality of your life like ‘controlling anger’ or ‘increasing the time you take to meditate every morning’, etc. Once you do that, divide each of your goals into ‘work’ or ‘life’ (make sure you have equal work and life goals jotted down). Don’t let these goals overwhelm you but look at them as opportunities for self-growth. Goal setting motivates you. Motivation is essential to excel in life.
2- Organize your Life
Now that you have set your goals, let’s talk about organizing your life. Our favorite tip is to follow the 8-8-8 rule. 8 hours of work/study, 8 hours of leisure, 8 hours of sleep/rest. Out of these 3 divisions of your 24 hour day, the 8 hours of leisure is what’s most subjective and hours can be added to it or subtracted from it. (P.S: After school clubs, lunch breaks, time spent going to work/school, etc are all counted within your 8 hours of leisure). Let’s say you work a 9-5 job or go to school from 7-3, those are your 8 hours of work/study. No matter how much you love your work, for the sake of your own mental and physical health, refrain from doing any work outside of these hours. It will just leave you drained and burnt out before you even know it. Compartmentalizing times for work/study, leisure, and rest are essential to maintain a work-life balance. Under no circumstances forgo the 8 hours of sleep/rest. Your body and mind need it. Did you know when you sleep, your body is repairing cells, restoring energy, and releasing molecules like hormones and proteins?
3- To-do lists
Now that you follow an 8-8-8 rule in your life, what’s next? How to spend those 8 hours within work/school, leisure and sleep! The best way to do that is by mapping out the activities to do using a To-do list. To-do lists help visualize your day and allow you to mentally allocate time to tasks. You could set time limits next to the item noted down in your to-do list but do not restrict yourself to it- some tasks may surprise you by how long or short they are. Protip: Always start your to-do list by the first task being “Create a to-do list”. As soon as you are done writing your to-do list, you can tick off this first task and it already starts your day as productive and you feel energized to start ticking off more tasks in your to-do list. This curbs the possibility of massive procrastination.
4- Don’t be hard on yourself
It’s great to set goals, organize your life, and set to-do lists, but remember, you are human. Humans are bound to face setbacks in life, bad days and are serial procrastinators. That is okay. Don’t let an uncompleted to-do list at the end of the day consume your sleep, don’t let extra leisure time make you feel guilty at work. Above all else mentioned in this blog post, the MOST important is this tip: be easy on yourself and learn to forgive yourself for faltering. Your mental and physical health is of utmost importance and by being hard on yourself, you’re doing no good to help your cause. Also, learn to say no. It’s hard to learn it. If you’re implicitly or explicitly pressured into taking an extra shift or asked to stay back for a school project, say NO! Do what is right for you.
5- Take control of your technology
The greatest deterrent to your progress in life? Technology. You might be countering us by saying ‘but technology helps you stay connected to people in life, it has helped humankind progress, it’s essential’. Yes, it is quite essential. However, it should be used in moderation.
Hours of our lives are taken away from us by us staring at our devices and scrolling through social media or playing on our Xbox. While they may be important to survive in the social norms of today, do not let them consume you. Don’t let it control you, you control it.
These 5 tips are designed to help you achieve a work-life balance. At Cromwell, our students and their well-being are our priority and our courses, classes, and extra-curricular are designed to allow you to achieve this balance and live a successful life.