There has always been and always will be 24 hours in a day. Still yet, 24 hours just doesn’t seem like enough sometimes. With deadlines at work, social obligations with friends and that one class where the professor dishes out assignments like its the only class on your plate, sometimes it can feel like a struggle just to keep your head above water. Luckily, when your plate if full and your head is spinning, there are a few things you can do to lighten your load and ease your mind.
- Write out. When you have a million things to do and not a lot of time to do them in, it helps if you have everything that needs to be done right in front of you. Everything will seem more manageable once its written out in front of you, not to mention when you have a tangible list of things to do, stuff is less likely to slip through the cracks.
- Use your time wisely. Fact: School work takes a lot less time to complete if you stay away from distractions such as Facebook while you are working. An assignment that would normally take 45 minutes to complete easily turns into a 2 hours ordeal when you throw in distractions like Facebook, TV and cell phones, etc.
- Don’t cut out your social life. While your education is important to your future and work pays the bills, your social like keeps you sane. Even just a quick lunch or dinner with friends relieves a lot of the stress of a long and trying day.
- Just say NO. You love your friends and family and probably want to help them as much as you can when they need it. So when mom or dad call and ask you to babysit little brother so they can have a date night or when a friend calls and asks you to bake 1000 cookies for her sorority’s bake sale, you really want to say yes. The thing is, if you are already covered up with your own things to do, its not the time to try and take on more to do. Its not selfish or rude, your friends and family will understand, just say “No.”
- Tell someone. If your load is becoming too much to bear and you start to feel overwhelmed don’t wait until you are buried alive with things to do, talk to someone before it gets to that point. Most places that employ college students are aware of their circumstances and are surprisingly accommodating. If mid-terms are right around the corner or finals week is coming and you know you’ll need extra time to study, explain your situation in advance to your supervisor and ask him/her to go light on the hours for a week or two. Most likely s/he has been in your shoes and won’t mind helping out.
On a very serious note, burn-out, a state of physical and mental exhaustion can occur when you feel constantly overwhelmed and stressed out and can result in lack of energy, sleeplessness and loss of interest in everyday activities. If you or a friend think you may be suffering from burnout check out http://www.helpguide.org/mental/burnout_signs_symptoms.htm for tips on recognizing, treating and preventing burnout.