You may think that you manage to balance studies, work, and social life pretty well (especially when compared with those who tend to overdo any of these areas), but do you really get the most out of your time? Are you using your potential to its fullest? Here are four things that, when done wrong, can both seriously hamper your learning and decrease your quality of life.
- Perfectionism towards Work
Done is better than perfect – in everything, including studies. Whatever assignment you do, remember about the 80/20 rule: 80 percent of a result is achieved in 20 percent of the time you spend doing something. Just make sure that this 20 percent is what you begin with and be realistic about what is good enough for you. Don’t spend hours upon hours trying to get something just so – there are dozens of other assignments that require your attention and not nearly enough time to deal with all of them with the same amount of attention.
One would think that of all things, sleeping is something that is hard to do wrong. Research shows once and again that it is something that very few people manage to get right. And college students are especially prone to it because during this period of their lives their sleeping habits get disrupted, they encounter much greater workloads than before and struggle to manage their time. Here we talk not just about obvious things like not getting enough sleep, but about sleeping inefficiently. If you organize your sleep properly, you may get more out of 6 hours in bed than others get out of 10.
So, if you want to sleep effectively, establish fixed times to go to bed and get up (even on weekends), avoid caffeine up to 5 or 6 hours before sleeping, get your best rated mattress, air your room regularly and avoid exercising immediately before bedtime.
- Not Drinking Enough Water
Although the popular rule about drinking 8 cups of water every day isn’t set in stone, the majority of people still drink far less water than they ought to. The truth is that we are all so used to being dehydrated to a certain degree that it became a norm. Get a reusable plastic water bottle and carry it around with yourself, taking a sip now and then. Make a habit of drinking water at regular intervals. You will be amazed at how much water you can consume and how much better and more alert you feel. And, last but not least, it is certainly better than drinking soda or other sugary drinks.
- Not Exercising Enough
If you say that you don’t have enough time or energy to exercise because you have too much on your plate, you will be surprised at what changes in habit can do for you. Yes, college means a lot of work and little time, but what about all the people who excel at their studies and manage to find time for playing a sport or at least for taking regular jogs? Here is the thing: quite often, their good grades and physical activity go hand in hand. Exercising, in the long run, means having not less but more energy: start doing it, and you will find yourself ready to go on when others are too tired. Your brain will be in just as good a shape as your body.
If you are used to the way your life in college goes, it is all the more of a reason to challenge these assumptions. You can be more effective and efficient – just don’t be afraid of inviting change into your world.