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  • Grace Novak

Looking for Balance



While I'm certainly not new to time management and managing a workload along with having a job, graduate school is another beast altogether. I'm already a stressed person pretty much around the clock no matter what I'm doing, but I'm always looking for new ways to manage my stress or see it in another perspective.

I have a lot of thoughts when it comes to the work week and how we, in American culture, treat working and leisure in general. But when it comes to me personally, I'm still getting to know my perfect balance of work and free time that results in maximum productivity and happiness. I find that I'm the kind of person who likes to work a lot especially when it's meaningful work, but I do NEED my down time to recharge and healthy ways to internalize my projects and tasks.

Now that I'm trying to plan shoots, hire actors, write screenplays, read articles, all while working at my internship, I'm looking to re-establish how I handle being overwhelmed. After doing some research, I've decided on some ways to better deal with my workload for the next three years in graduate school (and the years beyond).

  • Do one thing at a time

  • Write everything done

  • Don't make mountains out of molehills – everything is doable and will get done

  • Focus on the solution, not the problem

  • Set clear boundaries for the day (don't work after/before a certain time in the day)

  • Take the time to do what you love to do

  • Ask yourself: what is the most important thing I can do right now?

  • Be here – connect with the present moment

  • Stop trying to do things perfectly

  • Just take care of today

  • Get enough sleep, eat healthy & exercise

#stress #timemanagement