School can be a huge commitment which requires hours a day of attention and work. However, it is important to also have friendships and social life. Without a proper balance of the two work can start to become overbearing to complete and depression can kick in.
A social life and focusing on your studies can be two difficult things to balance. Since one usually dominates over the other. Finding balance is as easy as following a few basic tips.
Use The Reward System
Try giving yourself rewards after you complete your to-do’s. This can be anything from allowing yourself a pastry after you’ve finished 100 pages of reading to going out and meeting your friends on the campus outside of Maryville University after you’ve finished your 3,000-word essay!
When your social life becomes your reward system rather than your main priority, then you will find it much more enjoyable. The guilt and stress that comes with putting social activities before your homework aren’t worth it!
One of the best ways to learn self-control is to practice self-control daily. Try giving yourself small tests throughout the day to see if you can follow through. Rather than allowing yourself to have your fun with your friends before you complete tasks, see if you can make yourself get work done first.
Another great exercise for self-control is making yourself wake up early. Set your alarm for 7 am or earlier, and rather than allowing yourself to snooze and stay in bed for 5 minutes longer, simply stand up the minute you hear the alarm and start moving. This one little effort towards self-control in the morning will carry itself through with you for the rest of the day giving you greater self-control about your studies.
Hang Out With People You Admire
They say we are who we hang out with. Therefore, associate yourself with people that you admire and are hard workers.
If you are hanging out with friends that don’t take their studies very seriously and often are behind in class, this can start to wear off on you easily.
Put Your Phone Away More
In this modern age, your phone is a constant source of distraction with social media, news, and incoming text messages throughout the day. It can be difficult not to want to respond and the temptation not to “miss anything” can be a huge distraction.
While you are doing your work, consider putting your phone in a drawer on silent or off. If you do this for a few hours a day you will be shocked at how much your productivity increases.
Your phone should be turned back on once your work is done. You will probably even enjoy it more since it is a luxury to have again!