Another thing that I have learned is that my social life needs to take a back seat during this stage of my life. My friends say on a consistent basis, “I hate that you’re in school!” after I say something along the lines of, “I can’t, I have class” or “I have a test I need to study for” etc etc.
I suppose if I learn to prioritize my time, I may be able to have my cake and eat it too. Below are 4 things that I have identified could help me find my social life:
- Don’t procrastinate – I always procrastinate my homework assignments and tend to cancel plans occasionally because “My homework isn’t done yet.” If I don’t procrastinate, I’m sure my stress level would decrease and my social life could potentially increase!
- Don’t skip the gym – I tend to skip the gym because the last thing I want to do after work on a day I don’t have class is go to the gym. No – I want to go home, throw on some pajamas, and be in bed by 8:30pm. Truth is, if I didn’t cancel my gym plans, I’d probably sleep better and not have to enforce an 8:30-9:00 bed time. If I sleep better, I won’t be spending all of my spare time trying to catch up on rest – I’d be able to socialize 🙂
- Make plans, and stick to them – When I make plans with my friends, I always insert my “tentative” plug-in just in case I have to cancel. “Okay, let’s tentatively plan for Wednesday and I’ll let you know if I need to move it.” Typically – I move the date. Bad bad bad! My friends all completely understand, but this still makes me feel like a bad friend. I need to make plans, and have the intentions to stick to them.
- Plan out the week – I’m known for being over “anal” about making plans. I don’t like “play it by ear” plans – I need concrete details and specifics! So it baffles me why I don’t plan my week ahead of time. By doing this, I can efficiently allocate my time to work, then school, then friends and family. I like it.