How to keep some balance over the holidays

by Julie Baird on December 20, 2010

This is a difficult week to get anything useful done. Everyone is gearing up for Christmas or whatever holiday they celebrate. The roads are busy, stores are packed and kids are getting higher by the day with the excitement.

It is difficult to stay focused on anything.

For most college students, school has closed and holiday plans have already started. Some High schools are also out, and the new year seems far away.

But most have some work to do over the break. End of year finals may have brought home areas that need some focused improvement, projects and assignments need to be completed.

And yet, there is all the fun to be had. All the friends to catch up with, parties to go to and family traditions to uphold.

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
— Michael Altshuler

At this time of year balance is more important than at almost any other time, and without a plan that balance can be easily lost.

Take a few minutes now to schedule in the work you need to do, the obligations you know about and even the parties that you have planned. Consider the other activities you want to do during the break and set time aside for those too.

This does not need to be a strict plan that you adhere to with military precision, it is merely a tool to help you get what you want from the vacation.

After all, you don’t want to miss out on your final goodbyes to all your friends because it clashes with your family plans, or because you still have that assignment to finish.

So take charge this holiday and make sure you can have as much fun as possible, get your obligations dealt with and return to school in the new year rested and ready to go.

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