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How to find a balance?

I am wondering how other people find a balance between college courses, homework, school work, work work, parenting, and somehow having time to relax so you don't burn yourself out?

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Aman’s Answer

Hi Haley,

This is a really common question many people have before they start college. I know I was very nervous that I would not have time to balance school,social,extra curricular and hobbies. When I visited my college I asked my tour guide a very similar question and he told me that once you actually start to plan out your week you realize you have a lot of free time in college. He sent me a an excel sheet which was basically a calendar with with his class schedule on it. Once you really visualize how open your schedule will be it allows you to plan out your weeks accordingly. I used this when I got to college and I always found extra down time. I worked a job was involved in extra curricular and still managed to find myself at times having time to just relax and enjoy the best years of your life!

My main takeaway is don't be nervous about not having time, plan out your school schedule and then work around that, many clubs and jobs are usually flexible around your time as well.
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Hanya’s Answer

In order to prevent burnout, it is extremely important to set time aside for yourself! Taking at least an hour during the work can prove extremely beneficial to you! I would also recommend decluttering your workspace of anything that stresses you out! Another helpful tip is keeping a to-do list of all the things you want to accomplish!
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Kevin’s Answer

I love this question because most people have to answer it throughout their lives. It starts with identifying your most important priorities and then allocating the time necessary to achieve your goals in those areas. Once you do that, allocate your remaining time to other things less important. If you do this well, you are less likely to get burnt out even when you don't have enough time to accomplish all that you want to because you are fulfilling your most important priorities. For example, I work at a place where long hours are common and I have two kids. I decided that I didn't want to miss out on my kids because I was working late. So I talked to my boss and then started leaving at 5pm sharp everyday. I went home and played with my kids, ate dinner with them, and then after they went to bed, I would work some more from home as needed. Do I get tired sometimes....sure. But at the end of the day, I spend meaningful time with my wife and kids everyday and that is VERY important to me. If I am accomplishing that, I am ok with the fact that I can't spend time in other areas. Don't be afraid find what works for you and your priorities.
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