I started this post about 3 weeks ago and then realised I couldn't write it because I actually wasn't in a place where I was balancing commitments very well. It's been a long time since I'd felt like a boat sinking in a very big empty sea, but BSc Actuarial Science has a great way of creating that feeling. Coming from a gap year with set hours of work to a massive university with very independent studying, it felt like I was trying to gasp for air in water. I suppose the issue wasn't just university but all the other commitments I had besides that, Classicorporate being one of them. Over the summer I picked up two new positions, being the creative director of a digital production company called ConceptFour and also co-founding a social enterprise TIZWE. This is alongside being the treasurer of one of the committees at my church. Even though I'd lessened my role in TIZWE, I still found myself struggling.
So what do you do when you're juggling several things and time just seems to be a luxury you no longer have the pleasure of enjoying? When 24 hours just doesn't seem like enough time in the day?
As obvious as this sounds, this is going to be the most important thing so please remember this. Stressing isn't going to change your circumstance. No matter how many times this statement will be said I think there's always a high chance we'll do it anyway. But stress takes a lot of that energy that you require to actually pull yourself out of the situation. Stress also clouds perspective and can often make the situation more dire than it is. Moral of the story? Don't stress out.
The other vital thing that works for me is prayer. I always find when I pray I'm usually more optimistic about my day anyway and I've also cast my cares to a more superior figure. I won't even talk about the numerous verses that reinstate every bit of advice which I'm giving in this post. It's actually also a good indicator of how well I'm balancing my life, because when I'm not praying enough, my world usually seems a lot busier. Truth is, at those times I'm usually rushing around to do everything but not really achieving anything in the process.
Thirdly, planning effectively. Depending on the sort of person you are, you'll need to do this in a way which it won't be restrictive to you. So whether you plan your whole week out in your diary or just spend the night before allocating some time in your head - this is the most effective way to tick things of the list and make sure you don't miss out on anything. I recently met a guy by the name of Josh, who'd found quite a good way of doing this. Here's one of his articles on LinkedIn. I actually used this to plan ahead and it really signified the importance of time management. If you're just finding hours are going missing unaccounted for, then you're not really being as efficient as you could be.
Finally, sometimes you may just be doing too much. At work or in education it may seem like the best thing for your future to take up as many positions and courses as possible whether it be because you're trying to be the most versatile employee or student. However, this isn't particularly feasible for one nor will you be able to excel in one of those positions. You can't expect to perfect any craft when you're having to split you're attention between so many things. Not to mention, it's quite difficult to have a balanced lifestyle or much of a social life when you're trying to be superhuman. My advice on this part, review what's most important and forego what you could go without.
Hope this helps guys, have a good week!