Balancing your lifestyle

Learning to make the best use of your time will help you to lead a balanced lifestyle, and enable you to maintain this when university pressure comes on.

Allow time for keeping in touch with family and friends, sleeping, relaxing, exercising and working as well as studying to keep the balance manageable.

Connect with whānau and friends

When managing your study priorities, it’s important to make time for connecting with your whānau and friends. If you are having a busy week, there’s some easy ways to make time for those who are close to.

  • send a message saying you are thinking of them
  • if you live away from home, send a photo to stay connected
  • book a time to Skype or Facetime someone you haven’t talked to in a while
  • if you have a bit of time, send a letter or a postcard.

Making time for rest and relaxation

Want to do more? It is important to make time for rest.

There was an experiment in the 1940’s on men loading iron onto trains. Each man didn’t stop until they managed 12 ½ tons. By noon, they were exhausted.

They next day, they were told to load for 26 minutes, then rest for 34 minutes. They repeated that cycle all day. At the end of the day, they each loaded 47 tons. That’s four times as much as working nonstop, flat out.

The moral of the story is to not forget the importance of rest. Here are some simple ways to scheduled rest and relaxation into your week.

  • Attend one of the free weekly meditation classes on campus.
  • Schedule time aside for (restful) fun—see a movie, take a walk along the waterfront or in your local park, or snuggle up on the couch with a book.
  • Start a new hobby or indulge an old one—like knitting while listening to music, cooking your favourite meal or playing board games with your flatmates.