If you’re extremely busy and are finding yourself feeling swamped with school, work, relationships, and life, you’re not alone! I wanted to share my insights on balancing life, while still having time for adventures.
In the midst of starting a new chapter in my life, I have found myself busier than ever. Between working 20 hours a week, 16 credit hours, being an active Alpha Delta Pi sister, football season, maintaining my grades, being involved in two other clubs on campus, making friends, maintaining a long distance relationship, and having time to eat, sleep, and do laundry, I don’ t think I have ever been this busy in my life.
I have always been someone that has been super involved in everything. I like to have all of my time taken up rather than having down time. When I started college, I knew that I would be busy, and I was. At my last university, I was similarly involved and my planner was pretty filled, but I still had some down time to craft, read, or just watch Netflix. Here at Clemson, that hasn’t been the case. I don’t know if its the way that I had to arrange my class schedule, the fact that I’m trying to meet as many people as I can, or even just the fact that I now have more on my plate with being a junior in college [looking for internships, building up my resume, making a LinkedIn, etc.]
So far I have managed to keep track of my time pretty well by using my agenda religiously. I use the Lilly Pulitzer Large agenda, and color code everything in it by category. I use blue for school work, pink for ADPi, peach for work hours, orange for Clemson events [like game days, career fairs, etc.], and light green for other commitments, like family visiting, rent payments, concerts, time with friends, etc. Black is generally a time sensitive matter, like homework or a to-do list. There have been times when my agenda can’t seem to fit all of my necessary to-do things, and that is where I use Post-It Notes! My mom just sent me a huge Post-It pad with lines and plenty of room to write my ever growing to-do lists.
It’s definitely important to be involved in college, it keeps you well rounded and offers a break from schoolwork and provides a way to find people with similar interests. I have found myself happier than ever being an ADPi sister here at Clemson, and have been welcomed in with opened arms. I have gone to football games with sisters [and alumna], studied with sisters on a regular basis, I have gone to our first social event, walked in the First Friday Parade, had a blast at bid day, and so much more. I’m blessed to have a support system that has made my transition as effortless as it has been.
Time management is essential to be able to experience life and go on adventures. While being involved with ADPi, the two other organizations I am a part of, school, and work, you’d think I wouldn’t have much time for adventures.Luckily, this has not been the case because I carefully plan things out and determine when I free time to go on little adventures. I had the opportunity to go hiking at Table Rock in the upstate of South Carolina when my family was here. We did the shorter route that follows a creek the entire way. It was very pretty, and we even went off the trail some to explore waterfalls and the creek. I will be going back with friends within the next few weeks to do a Sunrise Hike. This hike starts at 3 AM, and reaches the peak of the mountain when the sun is rising. I can’t wait! I know I will be visiting my long distance boyfriend for one of the later football games, and hope to travel as much as I can while I’m still young [even if its only 40 minutes up the road, like Table Rock].
If I could give any advice about balancing life, I would definitely focus in on 5 points:
- School work always comes first! If you are not motivated to study alone and have homework, invite friends to study at Starbucks or at someone’s apartment.
- Don’t be afraid of getting involved in everything that you want to and possibly can get involved, if its something that you’re passionate about, there will be time.
- USE AN AGENDA! Seriously, write every single thing that you have due, that you have going on in the day, even write little reminders or motivational/inspirations in the pages!
- Wake up earlier. I have 8 AM classes every day this semester, but have found myself to be so much more productive throughout the day because I get up in the morning and get my day started.
- Its never, ever too late to start something new, join a new organization, or anything! People grow and change, and want to learn, don’t limit yourself by thinking it could be too late, because it’s never too late!
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” -Audrey Hepburn
Until next time!