Welcome to the fourth and last full week in our #ptmclass – the free productivity and time management (PTM) workshop that I’m co-hosting with Kayla Blogs and Dani Dearest! For the month of October, Kayla, Dani, and I have been improving our productivity and time management together and help you do the same. Today, I’m talking about balance – why it’s important and how it can help us reach out goals!
I really care about balance – in fact, I even dedicated the entire final chapter of my eBook to it. While it may sound like it’s not that important – after all, why not just push through the tiredness so you can finish your assignment on time? – I think it’s one of the most valuable parts of college living. Here’s why.
In times of stress, like midterms, finals, or the day before your big paper is due, you may decide to skip something. Don’t shower, don’t sleep, forget to brush your hair… After all, it’s just a day (or a couple of days, in the case of exams). It may seem harmless, but what you’re really doing is dropping your entire life every time that something stressful happens. Can you imagine carrying that habit into your future? Think of your future self, forgetting to shower because you have a presentation at work the next day. Imagine pulling an all-nighter the night before your wedding because there are still details to iron out. Do you want that from your life?
Probably not. And I don’t want it, either.
That’s why it’s important for us – and for everyone – to find balance before the stress hits. Get into a habit of self-care on a daily basis, and don’t drop it when stressful times come around. Instead of making a habit of dropping your life every time something stressful happens, make a habit of living a happy and balanced life no matter what.
And balance isn’t just about habits. Balance is also important because you deserve it. You deserve to live a happy and balanced life, no matter what is going on. You deserve to sleep and have fun and spend time with your friends! And doing those things will help you be more productive when the time comes to do work again, because you’ll be in a better place to tackle it.