“Don’t forget to take a a little bit every day for yourself.”
I heard these words a few times during the pre-term program last month and I couldn’t help but wonder exactly what that statement meant. I mean, of course I was going to be busy with school/homework/projects/exams/getting involved/football/networking, but why the frequent reminder to take time for yourself?
Well, about a month into school, I know EXACTLY why our professors, advisors and second-years tell us to take some personal time.
If you don’t take a step back every now and then, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and slightly panicked. (And when I say overwhelmed, it’s sort of like the feeling of juggling five objects in the air and getting nervous that one is about to drop).
After getting through the first few midterms terms and starting to study for the SECOND round of exams (I know, it’s insane) I finally am finding a balance. When I come home I study and study – but I make sure I take 1 hour and go for a run a few times a week, and I try to find one night a week to have dinner with my roomie, and I make sure that I focus on my non-MBA friends as well. Because I need that. School is a huge (ok, it’s the main part of my life), but there are other aspects that need to be attended to. It’s all about balance. BUT, you cannot forget to take time for yourself.
When school feels overwhelming and I think that the next stats problem may cause me to bang my head against the table, I go for a ten minute walk. I don’t think about classes and I don’t make a mental to-do list, I simply just walk and get some fresh air. It always helps. One thing that the MBA program is teaching me is time management and how to focus my time. But it is also teaching me that school, work and personal life are all important. Now, back to to another crazy, wonderful week of exams, meetings and classes. See you again soon!