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Finding the perfect balance at uni

When you’re at uni, it’s tempting to want to experience as much as possible, but taking on too much - either work or play - could lead to burnout. Finding a good balance can be difficult, so here are five top tips that might help you get it right. 

Get timeboxing! 

Timeboxing is a project management technique which involves allocating specific amounts of time to each of the tasks or activities in your schedule - and then making sure you do those things during that set time. It takes a bit of discipline to set up (and you have to be strict with yourself when it comes to stopping, starting and not being distracted) but timeboxing is a really effective planning technique that stops you doing too much of one thing. You could even use colour coding for a visual representation of the split between study and social in your schedule. 

Try sports, clubs and societies 

Lots of people have the perception that uni schedules are pretty relaxed, with lectures and seminars dotted sparsely through the week, but that’s far from the whole picture. Extra study hours are essential if you want to deliver good assignments and do well in exams, but spending too much time in the library can harm your social life. 

Joining clubs, societies or trying sports can be a great way to make friends at uni, especially if you’re shy around others or new to the city. Even better, having scheduled social commitments (which you can add to your timeboxes) helps provide a natural work-life balance. 

Don’t be afraid to say no 

One of the biggest challenges our residents tell us they face is making friends at university, which is why we put so much care into the social aspect of our residences. When you want to make new friends, it can be easy to turn into a bit of a people-pleaser and start saying yes to every invite. 

FOMO is a pain, but so too is burnout, so try to be kind to yourself and only take on the social commitments you can comfortably fit into your timeboxes. Proper mates will still be there next time if you sit this one out to grab an early night. 

Take good care of yourself 

Getting to bed at a decent time (at least some of the time) is a key part of looking after your health at university. Not sleeping enough can cause havoc with your energy and concentration levels, which will make study harder. Likewise, not getting enough exercise can lead to its own problems, as can reaching for the snacks because your schedule is so full. Taking care of yourself by getting the right amounts of rest and exercise and eating foods that are good for your mind and body will give you the energy and focus to get through everything - and make sensible decisions when it comes to planning and priorities. 

Best of both worlds 

One way in which you can literally strike a balance between studying and socialising - is by combining them. Why not form a study group with some mates? There are loads of benefits to doing this, from group motivation and commitments making it easier to get the study done, to having other people around to ask questions or bounce ideas off. 

You can also all take responsibility for making sure the study group timebox finishes on time, opening the door for some nice shared social time afterwards, which will feel all the more rewarding. 

We’re committed to giving our residents everything they need to have the best living experience possible, which includes sharing handy tips like those above. 

Find out more about our student accommodation or get in touch with any questions!