What a great question - one that reflects one of life's ongoing, perpetual challenges: How Do I Balance What I Want to do for the pure pleasure of it and What I Need to do to ensure that my school work (which will become job and home) are well tended. If the balance goes too far in either direction, there are negative consequences.
The answer is time management and self discipline - easy to say, a challenge to do.
I do this by setting aside blocks of time for each. On the weekends, I often have 1 "be productive" day and 1 "play day" when I get to do all the fun stuff. When a weekend is coming up and I have lots of fun stuff planned, I set aside an hour a day prior to the fun weekend to do what needs to be done - clean my home, pay bills, run errands, etc. And then I get to play all weekend. (YAY!!!)
Balancing my time an energy leads to happiness that is well worth the effort.
Alena recommends the following next steps:
- Take some time to write down all the things you need to do. For example, math needs 5 hours per week, history needs 2 hours per week, etc.
- Write out a schedule for when you'll be doing these things. For example, 2.5 hours on Monday and 2.5 on Wednesday. Tuesday is my night off.
- Bonus Activity: Try to enjoy both what you want to do and what you need to. It's all about attitude. You can see studying for what it is - an investment in your future well being and ability to provide a quality standard of living. You can also make studying more fun by taking period dance breaks - getting up and moving to your fav song(s) every hour. You may be surprised at what happens. I do this with my job and it makes every hour easier. It's also better for your health.