Being a college student is one of the busiest and most stressful “jobs” there is. Besides being a full-time student, many of us also work in the evenings or on weekends. With this hectic schedule, there tends to be trouble in achieving a successful work-life balance. The ultimate goal, of course, is to work manageable hours, have free time to spend with friends and family, as well as some time to set aside that is personally fulfilling. As daunting as this task may seem, it is actually possible if you make a few simple changes in your life!
1. Plan and prioritize
Decide what is important to you and write it down. By prioritizing what areas in your life you want to focus on, you will be more likely to achieve success. Having clear goals set makes life easier because you remain in control of your own future. Without planning ahead, you will be less productive in both your work life and your personal life.
2. Create a structure
Having a successful work-life balance is about being flexible, but in order to do that you also need a solid structure both at work and at home. Without structure your life will become chaotic. Create schedules for yourself so you can remain on track with work as well as with commitments you may have at home. By doing so, your mind will be less cluttered and better able to keep up with all that you have to do.
3. Reward yourself
Everyone needs a break from obligations once in a while. If you’ve established a good structure in your life, then you should be able to take time off. After you’ve achieved your goals, reward yourself both at work and at home. By doing this, your life will become more enjoyable. Whether it’s a trip to the spa or a weekend away, take the reward because you’ve earned it.
4. Remain positive
Maintaining a successful work-life balance can be overwhelming at times, but the key is to remain positive. Instead of telling yourself you can’t do something, think positively and tell yourself, “I’m strong, I’m capable, I’m good at what I do, and I’m excited about my life.” When you are feeling stressed, continue to repeat encouraging mantras like this to yourself. You will instantly feel in control and ready to take on what lies ahead.
5. Love your life
Enjoy the journey everyday both at work and at home and remember you should only be doing things that make you happy. Constantly focus on your personal development and goals in order to take control and achieve that successful work-life balance.