A word to the wise for those overcommitting

When school started this year, I guess I thought I was Wonder Woman. I had two jobs, an internship, 18 credit hours. I joined the disc golf team along with a traveling club. I do Tweet Teams for the Kingsport Times. And I somehow find time exercise every day and hangout with my close friends. I even decided to be the head person for the Natural Sports Organization’s monthly newsletter. Bad idea. I was taking away from sleep to do all these things. I over committed.

The second day of classes, I ended up dropping a course. I then had to lower the amount of time I allow myself to clubs. I started calling out of work, and today I had to give a notice to one of my jobs that I was going to quit. I just don’t have the time to juggle things like that with school, especially as a senior. And neither do you.

Your job as a student is to succeed. You want a degree, correct? You want to somewhat know what you are doing when you get hired out of school, right? I do too.  That’s why I realized that sometimes it is better to politely decline, than say yes to every project just to make others happy, or because you are over confident. And believe me. That is DEFINITELY over confidence. School should come before part-time jobs at bars or clothing stores or wherever. Grades are more important to clubs. But most importantly, you need sleep. It took less than a week for me to lower my performance levels in everything I was participating in.

In the past two days I have had around ten hours of sleep, if that. I’m utterly exhausted and look like hell. Do I get everything done? Yes. Do I find time to enjoy myself and relax? No. That’s why I am making a drastic change. Take my advice. As a fellow student, I’m letting you in on a little secret. You aren’t perfect. You cannot do anything and everything. You NEED sleep and relaxation. So don’t over do your commitments. Find that one thing that really is not a big deal to you, and drop it. It will be worth it. I promise.

Have you guys ever had a time where you overcommitted? Or have you always been able to handle your load? Let us know down below

-Katie

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