The Time is Never Enough

Being a full-time student can be really difficult since it’s very hard to spare time for everything that you need to do. It isn’t easy completing your homework on time and later on having sometime for yourself. In most cases, a student has time for just one, or they have to sacrifice their sleep. Things can get even worse when you have children, a full-time job or even both. In any condition, you can have a lot of difficulties and stress if your time consumption isn’t balanced.

One of the major problems of having an unbalanced lifestyle is role overload. In this, you may have to deal with a lot of demands, many roles, and you might feel as if you can’t do any of those roles effectively. You may feel as you have a very tight schedule, when you’re not doing more than one thing.

People can also feel role strain. In this case, you may feel as if one of your roles is difficult to meet because of another role. It isn’t a big issue when this happens infrequently, but when both of the roles are involved with each other, they cause conflict.

Some Signals that Your Life May Lack Balance. Those are:

  • Being tired all the time
  • Getting sick often
  • Feeling that you don’t have control over your choices
  • Procrastination
  • Irritable nature
  • Low interest in activities

Whenever we feel out of balance, we try to “Work Harder” to set things straight. This may involve working for longer periods and sacrificing one’s sleep. This may work for a short period, but if this keeps going on, it will only get you more exhausted.

How to Create or Restore Balance in your Life:

  • You need to be realistic about time.
  • When you seem to be rushing, slow down and calm yourself by taking deep breaths.
  • Learn to reject activities that will take away your strength.
  • Talk and negotiate. You can find flexibility in schedules, deadlines, or demands if you look for it.
  • Keep track of your timings. Know when you are busiest so that you can adjust the time accordingly.
  • It’s okay to ask for help. But it is also a risk for you. You must trust on the other person and accept how they choose to complete the job.
  • Take at least half an hour out for yourself. Do what makes you relax.

Some Signs of having Balance in Your Life:

  • You have satisfaction with your life. You’re satisfied with your work and relationships.
  • You are fulfilling all of your responsibilities.
  • You are fit and healthy (Physically, emotionally and spiritually).
  • You have a sense of control. You make your own decisions.
  • People like being around you and your relationships are meaningful.
  • You have time for yourself. You have fun when you want to have fun.