By – Jamylah Yusuf
There is too many talk on how to be productive and achieve maximum output for one’s input be it in school or at work. Ability to multitask efficiently, meet dead lines exceptionally and live a busy work life or school life generally are celebrated qualities. Of course, every firm or organisation wants maximum output from its employees. No body wants to pay more for less. Similarly, our school system is designed for maximum input of hours of study to yield any positive result. If you’re aiming to be a first class student in any Federal Government tertiary institution in Nigeria, especially if your course of study is a ‘professional’ one.
You should be ready to dedicate at least 70% of the days you spend in school to studying your course work.
It seems everyone is so much bothered about the ‘superficial’ definition of success that we forget to live while actually living. We live in a world where most people are bothered about earning fat sums, working extra hours for extra numeration than having memorable times with their families and friends. Balance is the key word in life. Just like you need to eat a part of various classes of food to achieve a balanced diet, same way you have to give attention to every aspect of your life to live a balanced life. You need to make time for family, you need to create time to hang out with friends, time to take care of yourself.
You need to do all this while being efficient at work or in school. This is where setting your priority comes in. If you work a 9 to 5 job five days a week, and you have a family, you must understand that you will need to either arrive home before bed time to have some quality time with your family. This means that you would not opt for extra hours of work unless you really have to. If you do, you will have to ensure that your weekends are really the end of your work week.
You have to make time to hang out with family and probably visit a few friends.
One Important life rule is your family and friends would always matter regardless of whatever problems you may have. If you spend your life working all day to get fat pays and get too busy to make time for your family and friends, when you finally leave this earth, it’s only a matter of hours or days before your work place replaces you. Same thing with school. Activities do not stop because you’re gone. The most you get is a minute silence in honour of your dead soul. Your family and true friends however, would always remember you and the beautiful memories you lived together. Whatever you do in life, ensure there is a balance in your life. It may be difficult, but will definitely be worth it.