Balancing your Social and Educational Life: A Practical Guide

Several students find it hard to balance schooling and social activities. Making sure you have a balanced life between education and social activities is one of the most technical things to do. Most students forget that their priority in school is Leaning!

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Students tend to engage in social activities rather than studying and this usually leaves a stigma on their education, sacrificing more time for their social life than the educational life. Some social activities take a lot of time but don’t produce a sense of enjoyment, yet some educational activities take a lot of time and stress and yet produce a sense of fulfilment and accomplishment of which makes you happy.

Balancing all activities while in school can be strenuous and even get you worked up. Start with the below steps and see how fine you will cope

  1. List the things on which you spend time that are not productive in terms of learning. Try to include eating, sleeping, chatting with friends, shopping, outings, cleaning and other non-events that take time. Also, include the occasional events such as parties or concerts, get as many activities items on your list as possible.
  2. Go through your list and see if any of the items need to be grouped. For example, you may have listed washing clothes and cleaning your room. These might be similar enough to be grouped.
  3. Next, rate each of the items on your list on an enjoyment scale from 1=mostly stressful to 10=very enjoyable.
  4. Now rate each item on your list on an mandatory scale from 1=not necessary to 10=must do.
  5. Compare the two ratings. One might expect the “must do” items to be the least enjoyable, but that may not always be the case, if you add the ratings together, the combined score can be used to arrange your list in order from the most important (the highest total) to least important (the lowest total).

At least with this, there will be a better chance and a good balance with your social and educational life, and you won’t end up spending most of your time enagiging in unproductive things.

The following are tips to help you keep a well-balanced life

1. Resist temptation

The real trick lies in using short gaps of unstructured time wisely. It can be frustrating to be doing an assignment when you want to watch your favourite TV series. Imagine that, you need to sacrifice one for the other and at the end, you will find out that you have resisted the urge and need to watch TV and complete your assignment, and you will end up being fulfilled.

2. Set internal priorities and schedule your time

If you find it hard to have a productive day, why not have a timetable in sense of your schedule, either for the week or for the day. Make sure important and productive things in terms of learning comes first with an allocated time.

3. Choose the right living environment

As a student, you don’t live in a crowded or noisy environment because it will leave you with nothing other than a disturbed mind. Choose a cool and enjoyable serene where you will find convenience while reading without any interruptions whatsoever.

4. Join a few clubs

Having a reading club or studying club helps to enhance and boost the time you have for learning, personal studying might appear boring but with the help of people you can find reading enjoyable and more fun.

5. Take care of your body

To take care of your body, start with eating good and balanced food. When your body is fit you won’t have to be running after complications or illnesses which can drive you away from studying. Also, taking part in sports helps to keep the body fit.

6. Do not procrastinate

Do all available works the moment you have the time or at the scheduled time, don’t procrastinate or leave it for something less important.

7. Avoid distractions and coordinate your free time with your friends

The time scheduled for studying shouldn’t be affected by friends, cell phones or TV. Do away with all distractions the moment you are set for reading. Your free time can be spent with friends. You don’t need to always bury your head in books.

8. Saying “NO” is never wrong

You don’t need to feel guilty the moment you turn an outing with a friend down. You should always agree that you don’t need to socialize with everyone or must attend all outings. Time spent on outings can be spent reading for your next class.

9. Stay as busy as you can

If you must attend an outing, try to take any available book with you, there might be a free time in which you can, you spend trying to read some pages. This can even apply to your homework.

10. Set small, specific goals

You might be a slow learner, or you might be having a bad grade of in a course. Set a goal to always read and at least cover a topic in the course per week. This will help boost your zeal towards having a good grade in the next semester.

Being a student is a full-time job and of course, requires your full attention without anything meddling or coming in between.

Interpersonal Communication Specialist & Graduate (Biology), Obafemi Awolowo University. Join me on Twitter.

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