Work/life balance

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For some students finding time to fit course work, paid work, socialising and time for themselves into each day will seem like a challenge.

For others suddenly having lots of time that is not structured by somebody else can make the days apparently stretch ahead with nothing to do.

It is important as a university student that each day has a structure that is manageable for you. Feeling like you have too much to cram into each day can lead to increased anxiety. Feeling like time is drifting by with no purpose can lower your mood and lead to depression.

Planning your time

Managing your time well can help you achieve more, lead a balanced life, reduce stress and overcome procrastination.

In order to use your time well you need to plan - without a plan time will slip away and you will not accomplish the things you wanted to.

Plan out all of the things you need to do each week - include some fun things as well as the course work and paid work that you need to complete. It is important that you have time to relax and enjoy yourself otherwise stress will begin to build and it will affect your academic performance.

Divide your list of things to do into two - fixed commitments, such as assignments that must be submitted on time and flexible commitments, those things that could wait until another time.

Then allot time during the week to complete these tasks. Use a timetable and be realistic, if you can't fit the tasks into the timetable on paper then they won't fit into the day.

If you're finding yourself getting stuck, it may be that sitting down with a friend, member of the Student Wellbeing Service or counsellor could be helpful.

For example, examining how you spend your time, you may become aware about when you seem to be procrastinating. There are lots of reasons why people put off starting tasks or following through on them. Perfectionism (e.g., the feeling that everything you do must turn out "just right") or fear of failure might be one reason. If you feel this is affecting you make an appointment to see a counsellor on 01332 593000.