Time Management Tips Wellbeing

How can I balance academic work with free time?

1. Get Involved with your Hobbies

Have something that you do outside of academics, and focus on constantly being able to do that activity. It’ll help take your mind off of the IB. And don’t forget, many lifestyle factors can contribute to increased stress – make sure you consistently get good sleep, maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

2. Keep your Social Life

Make time for family and friends! At lunch time or break time don’t try and cram in some more work. Spend time with friends, have a good laugh, rant about a teacher or subject you’re struggling with. It will make you feel so much better to exist outside of schoolwork. Friends will give you much-needed support and will listen to your struggles. 

3. Remember to Relax

You need to understand that taking some time to relax and enjoy yourself will make the time that you do work more efficient. Do not feel guilty for not always accomplishing your studying goals! You’re not a machine. Ignore those who claim they’re always working or aren’t working at all. If they are doing what they say they are, they’re not commendable or doing better than you. In reality, most of them are in the same boat as you and doing a similar amount of work. Don’t overthink.

• Bianca’s tips on how to stay calm throughout the IB here
• Kathlyn’s tips on how to maintain your social life during IB here

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