How to Juggle- As in, your Life

Let me start of by saying- Damn.

I have this “Theory”-The older we get, the less time there is for everything. An hour used to feel like eternity, when now it feels like 5 minutes. What is UP with that?

As college students we have a long list of things to commit to- Here are a few of them: Internships, Work, Finding housing, Paying our bills on low paying jobs, Finding out who we want to be, Thinking about our future career, Building our resumes, Dating people, Actually having friends, and….the whole school thing.

After a mini breakdown today involving the copious aspects of my personal and professional life- I called the one who knows all, the Omniscient, the Queen-AKA: Mom.

After an enlightening conversation with her- I decided to do today’s blog post as a list on juggling the aspects of your life (successfully):

I bring you: How to Juggle YOUR LIFE.

1. “You can only focus on one thing at a time.” In the moment, choose JUST ONE thing that you want to focus on- whether that be searching for an internship, doing that homework you’ve been putting off, or making plans with that friend you’ve been putting on the backburner for too long. Live in the moment- Pick one thing and as Nike would say, Just Do It.

2. Chill out on the social media. If you are on Facebook for more than 30 minutes randomly throughout the day- then stop complaining that you’re so stressed and get the hell off. Oh, and for those of you who want to be visible in the Twitter-verse, remember, 5-10 tweets a day should do the trick.

3. Keep your house/room clean. If you live in an environment that is clean, it will help you keep your head feeling that way too. Oh, and for clarification, by “clean” I mean clear. There’s nothing wrong with having a dirty mind occasionally :) After all, we’re all human right? ;)

4. If you’re not going to bed too late- Wake Up Earlier. Rushing in the morning only causes a hurried vibe for the rest of the day. If you take your time to wake up and present yourself accurately, you are setting yourself up for success and clarity.

5. If you are dating someone and you aren’t on the same page- Get There. Honesty with the people we care about saves a whole lot of time. If you’re not looking for anything serious, tell them. If you are wanting to be serious and they aren’t giving it to you, then pull away. Prioritize people based on 2 things- First and foremost their worth in your eyes, and Second, keep close attention to where they prioritize you. Just because you are someone’s top prioroty doesn’t mean you have time to make them yours. Key word: Honesty.

6. Go ahead and be building relastionships with your professors while you can. When it comes time for a recommendation letter, it’s going to be a lot easier if you have been speaking with your teachers each day after class. It only takes a minute a day of your time, but it means the world to them- and eventually it could mean a good recommendation letter for you.

7. Have a purpose for every day. Write down EXACTLY what you need to do each day, be realistic and do it.  Personally, I think of all my mini accomplishments at the end of each day and file them into my “master list” of building accomplishments.

8. Lastly, rememember to take things step by step. Important things take time, so work a little towards the things that matter every day (landing the internship, building your resume ect.) and you should be on your way to success. After all, you’re doing something right- you’re trying.

 

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Have a successful week.

XOXO Rachel

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