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7 Tips for Developing a Routine to Help You Maintain a Work/Life Balance

Updated: Apr 27, 2022

Having a routine is not as robotic as planning everything that you need to do right down to the second. Routines can be flexible, and are most successful when you adapt them to your wants and needs.

Student life is STRESSFUL and often feels 24/7. This leaves little time for you to spend on yourself and a lot more time for stress to make its way into your life. Developing and implementing a routine that enables you to spend the amount of time that you want to spend studying and the amount of time that you want to spend unwinding, is a great way to alleviate this stress. Here are 7 tips to help you develop and implement a balanced routine:

1. Adapt your routine to you and your wants/needs

Do not dedicate time to meditation and affirmations if you get nothing from them! When planning your 'me time,' you have to make time for things that motivate you and make you feel good, otherwise, you are not going to be inspired to follow through with them. Does watching Netflix make you feel better and motivated? If yes, then this is what you need to prioritise when having your 'me time'. Do not spend your valuable time on something that is not for you and will not benefit you.

2. Try to keep school work within the constraints of a 9-5

It is beneficial to treat your schoolwork like a 9-5 (or 10-6, 11-7, etc.). Decide which hours you work best with and try to only do school work within this timeframe. This is essentially 'leaving work at work', something that students do not quite have the luxury of. Following this tip can give you an evening off so that you can dedicate time to yourself rather than your work (which is alien to us students).

3. Dedicate one day for household errands