Yeah, school started. By now, the dread of the loss of summer freedom has passed, and the realization that time will be spent according to a calendar, that consists of classes, essays, and assignments has settled with acceptance in the air.
For some, the start of the new school year means the facilitation of social life; meeting up with everyone and hanging out now is easier than it was in the summer, when everyone was scattered around. This is their way of making school bearable, and it gives them the energy to push through the school term. For others, however, they left socializing under the summer sun; now is the time to hang out less and get serious. Social gatherings for them are a distraction and an energy drainer, which they could save for school work.
What’s important for both these groups is to strive to achieve one thing, balance. Of course, achieving, let alone maintaining, the perfect balance is impossible and even more so for students. Yet, the process of working to achieve balance brings benefits in itself, that will be indispensable for students. When effort is put into using our 24 hour efficiently, the day becomes more productive while the level of stress reduces!
What is important for students during the school year is to start off by building themselves a routine they are comfortable with. This not only includes how to study and when to do readings, but it also extends to details in the day pertaining to personal activities and hobbies, food, or certain spots on or off campus for different school works (some will prefer to do their readings in the school cafe, for example).
Of course, a crucial tool to building a routine is to keep a schedule. Not only is it to be used to plug in deadlines and meetings, but also for scheduling study periods and breaks (weird, but helpful). When a designated study period is specified, that time becomes booked off for studying – and studying only. This ensures that work is done, and efficiently. Of course, between readings periods, study periods, and classes, breaks become a necessity in order to refuel, and, to say the least, avoid burnouts. As boring as it may seem, scheduling breaks is necessary; it ensures that they are actually taken, and they limit how much time is spent not getting work done.
As the wave of school work approaches, and for some, hits, it’s time to go out there and tackle one thing at a time and have fun – according to schedule.