How do I balance?


I am a freshman in college and I am exhausted. I haven’t gotten any sleep in months. I have papers due and test to take and I know I can handle it because first semester was nearly this exhausting for me, but now I just want to take a nap and I haven’t had a chance. I’ve skipped out on parties and other activities just do homework and whenever I finally lay down to get some sleep it only last a few hours until the alarm clock wakes me up to do it all over again. Can someone please tell me there is an easier to balance out my life so I can get some rest.

asked February 2, 2015

4 Answers

You have to prioritize. You say you have been skipping out on parties and such in order to have time to think but that may be the issue to begin with. Don't party at all if it takes up too much of your time. College is demanding though and a lot of people feel worn out and tired because it takes so much to stay caught up. You just have to find a system to organize yourself and possibly get help with your work. You could find a study group that will help you get your homework done. That way it may not take as long as it does now to get homework done. That way you would have more time to work on papers or sleep.
You need to identify the things which are most important , and needs to be done urgently. Complete these tasks, and leave out unnecessary little things that can be done later. Make a time table and follow it, but leave at least 7-8 hrs for sleep. Do not procrastinate or stay up late. Also, make sure that you study effectively. You don't need to spend hours studying,as it can wear you out, and you should not also study very little. Find out what works best for you, and follow that. As for your social life, it is also important, but you might want to skip the parties for a little longer until you are completely organised. However,remember to give yourself some free time, such as study breaks to keep yourself motivated. Maintain a healthy diet. Once it all falls into place,you can enjoy your sleep, get good grades, and go to the parties as well! :)
If you're doing good in school, how about trying to prioritize your health? Because if you would focus to anything including studies without taking care of yourself, you might forget that health must be the first. You shouldn't force yourself to get A's if you weren't able to manage your over all fitness. I'm not saying you should forget studies, but take a rest for a while and forget school stuffs, just comply and continue getting best grades when you're already comfortable and well regenerated. Be positive and clear! Doing schedules will help too. :)
Sit down and make a schedule. Make a list of the important things and put their deadlines down.
Next put down the things that you want to do, that don't need to be done right away. Next you can list a specified leisure or break time for when you can do those things and not worry about anything else.
You can even print out a pre-made schedule from online and fill in the blocks of time with things from your life.
What's taking up the most time? What's taking up the least? What could be done later and what needs to be done as soon as you wake up in the morning? Do you notice that there are 5 projects you are trying to get done in one day? Try to space things out so that you work on a few things at a time.
Reorganize and prioritize the activities in your life. You can do it. Just sit down and make a plan. Put a start and a stop time on homework, projects, etc. Be as specific as possible.
Also, I don't know if you have this problem, but don't wait until the last minute to start something. As soon as each class is over, do your homework and start developing your ideas and gathering materials for your project. Do everything in 1-2 hour increments at a time so that you don't get overwhelmed.
Also, keep skipping the parties. They do nothing for your education. You can hang out with your friends anytime. But is it really necessary to take time out of a busy day planning to go to a party that has no education value oncesoever? This is something you need to think about.
Remember this as well: Your body needs at least 8 hours of sleep each night to function. You will continue to crash and burn on repeat if you do not take time for sleep. No matter what needs to be done, you cannot neglect sleep. It would also help to eat breakfast in the morning even if it's just a piece of toast and a glass of orange juice.
You may not be hungry as soon as you wake up, so maybe you can grab a fiber or cereal bar (There are actually some really nutritious ones that taste good too if you take the time to look)
Pepsi and chips are not breakfast. Again, I don't know if you do this or not. I was just making a suggestion. I see a lot of college students eating candy, chips, and drinking pop for breakfast. That will only hurt your body and make you feel even more sluggish. When you put junk in your body, you feel like junk and you perform like it.