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Tips for Balancing Work, Play, and School

Too Busy for Summer Vacation? Try These Tips for Balancing Work, Play, and School

Spring may be over, but that doesn’t mean that summer vacation is actually a vacation for most students. In fact, you’ll probably be just as busy as you were during the spring, trying to juggle your social life, job, and perhaps even some summer classes.

So when the weather becomes nice and you feel your motivation starting to slip, it’s time to take a step back and reevaluate your summer. Now is the perfect opportunity to develop a plan so you don’t start to feel dragged down by your responsibilities. Start by following these tips for balancing work, school and play.

The first tip to a balanced summer vacation is to stick to a schedule. Of course, you probably want a break from the rigid structure of the winter and spring months, but without a schedule you could start to flounder and have even less time to accomplish all of the tasks you want or need to perform.

The key to efficient scheduling is staying organized. Find a calendar, notebook, or journal, whether in print or digital, that you can use to keep track of your academic responsibilities, work schedule, and meetings with friends and family. Refer to your schedule at the beginning of each week so you can make sure you’re adequately prepared for each event and have enough time reserved for everything you need to do.

Another way to make sure your schedule is effective is to keep different segments of your life separate. For example, stay off of Facebook when you should be studying, and don’t worry about work or school when it’s time to hang out with your friends. A great schedule is one that reduces your stress and allows you to maintain your focus on what you’re doing at the moment that you’re doing it. Once you start following a schedule, don’t be afraid to fall into a routine. If you get into the habit of exercising at or taking breaks at certain times of the day, you can reduce your daily stress and create times to look forward to.

Also, don’t forget to build relaxation into your schedule. Your time is limited, so figure out ways you can relax in 5 minutes, 15 minutes, an hour, and so on. This is a great way to relieve stress throughout the day, boosting your health and making the most of your time. Finally, make sure you have a clear idea of your goals and priorities. How much money do you want to earn this summer? Which classes do you want to complete? What fun plans do you want to schedule? If you define your expectations ahead of time, you can have a more satisfying summer and avoid disappointment.

If you’re not yet a student but you want to become one, now is the time to add school to the balance of your productive life. Explore degree programs at a school near you to get started.

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