Have you ever found yourself with too much on your plate, and you’re too tired to eat? This is a metaphor for the lives of college students. With too much to do, we sometimes find ourselves stealing a little from our sleep time. Speaking from experience, I found it really hard to balance studies and co-curricular. Some days when I was busy organizing events or attending societies’ meetings, I neglected my assignments. And on the days when I was studying for a test or simply working on academic deadlines, I neglected the club tasks. I can not understand how to strike a balance between academics and co-curricular activities?
I was frustrated with myself and was ready to give up on everything. But then I realized, how do I choose between Academics and Co-curricular? It’s really simple – you don’t! You just learn to handle them together. This is where effective time management comes in.
Here are some tips to follow when you’re confused about how to maintain a balance between your studies and co-curricular – both of which are equally important.
How to maintain a balance between academics and co-curricular activities?
1. Maintain a timeline
Be it manually in a personal diary, your calendar or some app, it’ll be really useful if you enter all the tasks that are to be done, including both academic and co-curricular. If you turn your tasks into some kind of visual, you’re less likely to forget or mess them up. Also, you can see if there are any clashes and re-schedule them according to your convenience.
2. Prioritize your tasks
For each day, number your tasks, i.e. which is to be done first – highest priority, and which one is to be done last – least priority. Believe me, on certain days, certain things are more important than the others. For example, writing a script for an event which is going to be held tomorrow is more important than completing an assignment which is due next week. Prioritizing will make your selection of tasks much easier and you’ll be more productive.
3. Do not postpone!
Trust me when I say this, you’ll regret procrastinating. With so many things to be done, you cannot afford to postpone things for no good reason. If a work has to be done today, do it today, because you really never know what tomorrow holds. Unforeseen circumstances should not be taken for granted.
4. Time your tasks
With limited time at hand, you should not be taking more time than is required for a particular task. Make an estimation before starting any work, about how long is it likely to take, and try to complete them within that estimated time. Often without the sense of limited time, we work as if we have all the time in the world. But once, when we know that a task has to be completed in a certain time, we can be more efficient and time-savvy.
5. Save time by decreasing time-wastage
We never realize how much time we waste, and how much time we can actually save if we have a correct sense of our time. Remember those free lectures in which you did nothing but roam? Remember those classes in which instead of solving questions you laughed at memes with your friend? Well, there’s nothing wrong with letting oneself loose once in a while. But if you can’t afford to waste any more of your time, it’s better to utilize those free lectures to complete your academic tasks, so that you’ve got time left for co-curricular tasks after the classes end.
Here were just a few simple tips to keep in mind to maintain academic-co-curricular balance and be more productive and efficient. You can easily customize them and see what works best for you. You can have the best of both worlds, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!