Many people still underestimate the importance of having a good time and giving your mind some time to relax. This is what hobbies are for, not to mention they develop additional skills. I’m leading to the question of whether you can combine your studies and hobbies. The answer is yes and I strongly recommend that you do. Otherwise you can get too bored or exhausted, and it will have a negative effect on your academic performance.
I can give you some tips on how to maintain the balance between having a good time and achieving academic success.
Wise Choice of Hobbies
I won’t lecture you that certain harmful activities can’t be a hobby, but make sure you choose something that will help you develop some skills and relax from the studies. Also, try not to opt for something that will take too much of your time. For example, if you like football, you can have it as a hobby, but remember that you chose to pursue goals in studies instead of becoming a professional player.
Don’t feel guilty if you devote some time to your hobby when you could’ve stayed and read those paragraphs over and over again. Quality ‘off’ time is just as important as the time you spend on studies. I know a lot of people who feel guilty for having a hobby, and it’s a total nonsense. Keep your priorities clear but don’t be too strict to yourself.
To make sure you have time for everything, create a schedule so you know how much time you have to study and how much you’ll then have for your hobby. It will work given than you don’t sacrifice your sleep or other restorative activities. As the exams or some important deadlines are coming, you can just make slight changes in your schedule and it will keep you on track!
You don’t have to be able to do everything and to be engaged in any kind of extra-curricular activities. Find something close to your interests and go for it, later on you can try something else. This is what hobbies are also for – self-search and development. If you try and do it all, you’ll get exhausted and won’t be able to have fun.
It may be difficult at first to find the balance that would work for you personally, but you can attempt different hobbies, studying techniques, and schedules. As you succeed in finding your lifestyle, be sure that the good is the only thing to come out of it.