The picture above is an accurate depiction of my life. I have always been that person that has many things going on in my life and some people think that I’m crazy (I showed my dad my color-coded planner the other day and I think he views me in a different light now). I am a senior in college double majoring in finance and business management. I work at the IT help desk about 15 hours a week during the semester. I am the president of my sorority Sigma Kappa. I am in a great club called the Business Student Council. And I love spending time with my friends and family.
I have always found that if I have too much of one thing going on in my life, I get burnt out and start to get in this “funk”. It’s like when you were younger and you have that friend that is always over too much and stays too long and your parents mention that your friend is “overstaying their welcome“. If I fill my day only doing school work, I feel that I do worse on my assignments and perform poorly on tests. If I hang out at my sorority house for a week straight and don’t see my parents, I find that I get in a bad mood (I love my sorority sisters, but try living with 30 girls and you’ll feel the same).
When I was in high school, one summer I filled my life with too much softball. I had practice 3-4 times a week, a hitting lesson a week, two additional fitness softball workouts a week, and then tournaments on the weekend where my team would play 5+ games a weekend. I started to burn out and perform badly which was frustrating. My mom said something that stuck with me one day in the middle of all the softball craziness. She said, “you like a balanced life, and your life has too much softball in it right now”. And she was right (well moms always are anyways). So since then, I have been aware that Finding Balance is very important to me.
My weekdays usually consist of classes, work, sorority events, and studying. So I really try to go to the gym during the week to get a break from all of that. And I call my mom a lot. On the weekends I still have sorority events, but I try to get more sleep, see my parents, and hang out with my friends too in order to balance out my week. After long days, I also watch an episode of FRIENDS before bed, just because it makes me happy.
I’m not writing this post to complain about being busy or one-up people who are busy as well. I just know that I am able to function because I balance different things throughout my weeks. I know that studying for 8+ hours on a Sunday isn’t going to work for me and I know that after sorority recruitment and spending 5 days straight doing Sigma Kappa everything, that I need to go home for dinner and pet my dog and visit with my parents. This is what helps me find balance.
How do you find balance? Comment below and let me know!