I started this semester with the mindset that I could do anything. Well, something along those lines. But I quickly realized that 18 credit hours, a part time job, multiple clubs, and trying to keep up with this blog is not exactly a recipe for success. I became super overwhelmed. With all the opportunities in college, being busy is simply a part of the lifestyle for many students. This semester, I’ve learned quite a few tips to cope with a busy semester and I wanted to share them with you!
When you have a million things on your to-do list, chances are you won’t be able to cross off all of them. Figure out which are the most important – for me it was school and work – and go from there. Some things will have to be put on the back burner, for the time being.
Plan your days
I don’t just mean write a list of the things you need to do – I mean actually plan when you are going to do them. Some people have success with planning their days by the hour, and for super busy days that is exactly what I do. Other times, I simply write on my to-do list when exactly I plan to start and finish something.
Self care is still important
When you’re so busy trying to do everything, you might start to think it is okay to skimp on the basic necessities. But, I can promise you that unhealthy eating and lack of sleep will definitely catch up to you. While a night or two of mediocre sleep is common in college, it’s important not to make it a habit. Oh, and showering should always be a priority – I don’t care how busy you are.
Give yourself free time
Don’t forget to schedule some stress free times during your busy day – like working out, taking a walk, or hanging out with friends. Having some time to yourself is important to de-stress and prevent burnout!
Take a break if you need to
If you’ve over-committed your time, take a break from things that you can. This semester, I put my blog on the back burner until I learned how to better manage my time. My blog has always been and will always be something that is fun and a hobby to me, and when I started to stress over it, I realized that I needed to take a little break until I had more time on my hands.
Call your mom
My mom is the one person who will listen to me rant about professors, complain about a long day, or let me express my frustrations for hours. While your friends are probably definitely willing to listen, it’s more than likely that they don’t want to hear you complain for hours each day. Sometimes a call home is all I need to feel less stressed.