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Finding Your Groove: Balancing Life With School

Leading a balanced life can actually make you more productive at school. Taking time for yourself can benefit you and your grades in the long run. Here are some tips from students Alessia, Niyati, and Grace on how to find your groove.

1. Get Organized

Before you start stressing, get organized. Organizing your room and desk can go a long way. According to an article by the Journal of Neuroscience having a cluttered environment can interfere with your ability to focus. Clean up and then start on your homework. 

2. Prioritize Self-Care

When planning out your week, don’t forget to make self-care a priority. Eating right, sleeping well, and exercising regularly leads to balanced, healthy life. Plus, not having enough sleep can make you less productive. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute “[People who are sleep deficient] take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes.” 

3. Create Your Own Reward System

Give yourself fun things to look forward to between study sessions. Once you cross something off your list, do something that you love for 30 minutes and make sure you set a timer so you don’t get off track. Eat a snack, watch Netflix, chat with friends or take a walk.  

4. Minimize Distractions

When you’re ready to sit down and do your homework, find a quiet spot. Turn off your phone and put it away. Better yet, consider leaving your phone at home when you go study. According to a study done by the University of Chicago, even the mere presence of your phone can be distracting.

By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to have more time to yourself while increasing productivity. That way, at the end of the week, you can kick back and relax with friends.

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