This month is for the exams, but that does not mean neglecting other aspects of my life. However, in order to properly complete all my tasks and do well in everything I do, the crucial thing is: having a schedule.
First of all, you should write a list of your priorities and to categorize the different things you have to and want to get done. For me it’s the different subjects I have to prepare from, work hours in the office, and gym. As you might already know, I am a morning person: my mind is sharp early in the morning but I become mentally useless in the afternoon and in the evening – so I plan my day accordingly:
- 6 a.m. wake up > breakfast + morning cup of coffee
- 7 a.m – 12 p.m: study sessions with 15-20 mins breaks every 60-90 mins
- 12 p.m. lunch – while watching an episode of a series I am currently watching to rest a bit
- 2 p.m. workout! – About an hour after lunch I either go for a run or go to the gym
At this time I usually feel to tired to study -well there are a few exceptions when I can continue to study until maybe 4 p.m. but that’s pretty rare. Anyways, I found that exercising is a great way to freshen up my mind. I can finally switch it off, not think about all the things I have to stuff in my head, just concentrate on my body while relaxing my mind. It’s amazing! I always feel so fresh and energized after a good workout! When I get back home, I usually make myself a power-smoothie and can get another round of studying done!
If I have to go to work, then I can still adjust the schedule accordingly. I am lucky, because I usually only have to be at the office at 10 a.m. so after waking up and having breakfast at 6 a.m, I usually still have time to fit in either about two hours of studying or a morning run before getting ready and leaving the apartment! And they for a mental cooldown, I go to the gym after finishing in the office of course! As we get closer and closer to the summer this also gets easier: it’s still light outside when I finish work which makes me motivated not to head home straight but do something instead!
So I really think it’s all about properly planning. If you schedule your time wisely, you can get all the important things done and yet still rest and have fun – just make sure you schedule them too and then you won’t have to feel guilty about it! (My favourite part in studying in the morning: I get everything done by the afternoon and then I can do whatever I want in the evening totally guilt-free!)
What’s your way to balance fitness and studies/work and make time for everything?