Sometimes, if we are only focused on getting great grades, we forget our friends and our family and that there is a real world out there to have fun and discover. On the other hand, some of us don’t care about our grades in high school or college because we think our social lives are more important. If you want to succeed in life, you need to find a balance between your academics and your social life. Here are some steps to help you to find that balance.
Be organized. Organize your study time and the time that you spend with people. Have an agenda, and write down what you will study one day, how much time you will spend studying, and at what time.
Get involved in social activities. If some of your classmates are having a party and you’re invited, don’t think twice, just go and have a great time. That way you will be sharing time with them, and letting your mind and body relax.
Stay in touch with friends. Nowadays, we have the advantage of online social networking technology like Facebook, MSN Messenger, Skype and Twitter that you can use in order to keep in contact with your friends. Your cell phone is also with you at all times, so feel free to call to your friends whenever you want to also.
Plot out your weekly schedule on a grid. Decide for yourself at the start of the term that you won’t let school work sweep you away. It’s important to have this resolve as a foundation – chances are, you’ll have small gaps between classes during the week, and longer stretches of free time on the weekends. Be sure to set aside at least one large chunk of time each week for free time – maybe all of Saturday, for instance.
Use time wisely. If you find yourself in one of those between-class gaps, use the time efficiently: read a few pages, run some quick errands or spell-check your paper.
Lastly, encourage your friends to follow a similar plan, so you can coordinate your free time with theirs.