Trying to Balance Life


Life is stressful. For me, I'm trying to balance full-time studies, an internship, and a part-time job (and now a blog). Balancing all these different parts of my life is hard and adding a social life on top of all that seems almost impossible. Luckily, I have some pretty amazing people in my life (i.e. Julia Martini) who help me get through it all. Regardless of where you are in life, we all experience challenges and little bumps in the road. My advice is to work hard but not just at things like school and work. Instead, work hard to do the things that make you happy, like building and maintaining friendships, and just taking care of yourself. I could go on and on about the importance of self-care but I did a project on it (#tbt to CRI400) so I'm pretty much an expert and can condense it into one post:

How do you succeed at life? How do you balance it and how do you prioritize and organize your time? The first step is identifying the things you are doing. Don't ask my who the theorist is because I don't remember (the theory is called the Time Management Matrix), but essentially we can organize our activities into 4 quadrants:

  1. Quadrant 1: Activities that are urgent and important like deadline driven projects
  2. Quadrant 2: Activities that are not urgent but very important. Your physical and mental health, relationships, personal growth, etc.
  3. Quadrant 3: Activities that are urgent but not important. Like that Instagram notification that your friend just tagged you in a comment.
  4. Quadrant 4: Activities that neither urgent nor important. Is binge-watching that Netflix series really the #1 priority?

Once we can identify what quadrant we typically live in, we can make the changes we need to focus on Quadrant 2 activities. Because if you take care of yourself and if you stay connected with the people you love, you'll find it's much easier to handle all that life throws at you!