School is decently underway now. We all know which professors give the most homework and what sorts homework cannot be put off until the night before.
Because of this knowledge, this has become a week of great discernment for me. I am examining which clubs and activities I can actually keep up with, because classes generally prioritize above extracurriculars and entertainment. I have already caught myself falling asleep doing homework and having to do homework on the train, so perhaps I need to rethink my use of time. Last year, I had the exact opposite problem and was bored all the time, especially since I did not prioritize school too highly. I thought that by pursuing everything, I would be able to stay sharp and force myself to keep out of trouble.
I like to think I have been keeping sharp, and there has definitely been no time for trouble, but I am beginning to have to skip out on events and leave my friends hanging when I thought I could go to club meetings and social gatherings, but had to decide otherwise. That’s why I am taking this week to decide what to drop altogether.
To make the decision about whether or not to continue an activity, I need to consider a large number of factors. I figure out how much it will affect my career and future, or if it will help me build relationships or a network. Of course I need to keep some fun too because, as a wise madman once printed, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
Have you ever heard of the college triangle dilemma? Choose two of the following three: grades, social life, or sleep. With proper time management, we can choose all three. Or if you’re like me, you will occasionally choose videogames over a social life, but that’s a different story.