Life’s a Balancing Act: Work and Organization Edition👨‍💼👩‍💼

Author: Bianca Haidi (FT ’23) and Freya Tanurisan (BT ’23)

Now that we are in university, we want to fill our time doing productive work in the hope of gaining experience in the near future. Since i3L is a science school, each task needs time and effort to be able to reach that ideal 4.0 GPA💯. But the reality is that academics isn’t the only thing needed to succeed later in life. Experience and networking are essential to boost us above competitors, which we could gain from joining organizations. But here’s the dilemma: which should we prioritize❓️ Well, why pick one when you can do both? The ability to juggle multiple activities whilst giving the best result for all. How do we achieve this? Well, there are several methods and ways that could ease your life a little bit✨️. 

  1. Google Calendar 🗓

Start by laying out all the activities that need to be done for the next week or two in Google Calendar. By doing this, you could check whether there are any tasks or meetings that overlap. Google Calendar also gives reminders, so just in case you forgot about an important deadline, Google Calendar has your back!

  1. Know Your Limit 📈

Sometimes we feel like we are left behind from our peers, as everyone seems to be more productive compared to us. This would push us to join everything and to stay up late studying. But when we do too many things, we either forget about our academics or end up pushing our bodies over their limits. This can cause our stamina to drop and get sick. So know when to stop, and pick the organizations you believe you can do, whilst maintaining your grades. 

  1. Practice Time Management ⏰️

Prioritizing tasks, setting clear goals, and allocating specific blocks of time for studying, attending classes, and participating in organizational activities, is essential to maximize productivity and minimize stress. Implementing time management techniques like the Pomodoro Technique, time blocking, or task batching can further enhance efficiency and focus during study and work sessions.

  1. Delegate Your Tasks! 🗣

By entrusting certain tasks to others within the organization, you can distribute workload, leverage diverse skills and expertise, and foster a sense of teamwork and collaboration. Effective delegation involves clear communication, including outlining expectations, deadlines, and any necessary resources or guidelines. Regular check-ins and feedback sessions can help ensure that delegated tasks are progressing smoothly and meeting desired outcomes.

 

So, achieving a harmonious work-life balance while navigating the demands of academics and organizational commitments requires a strategic approach✍️. Remember, it’s not about choosing between academics and organizations, but rather finding a balance that allows you to excel in both areas while maintaining your well-being. Embracing these principles will not only help you succeed during your university years but also lay a strong foundation for future endeavors💪. So, prioritize wisely, manage your time effectively, and don’t forget to enjoy the journey along the way😄! 

 

 

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