Life Beyond Study
Formal study can sometimes be all-consuming ... that is to say, it’s easy to get lost in what you’re studying and forget that we have a life outside of study or even beyond study. So here’s a few practical tips for getting on top of it.
While you’re studying – make time to balance your study life with the rest of your life. It’s easy to focus on too much study or alternatively, focus on too much other stuff like recreational activities. Have set times when you’re going to study (a routine is really helpful) so that you can then set times for other things like sport, church, family, part-time work etc. In fact it’s crucial you don’t become a hermit when studying. You do have a life outside of your studies!
After study – It’s also hard sometimes to conceive of a life beyond study and yet most study is about developing a vocation for future activities. It helps to have a flexible vision of what you hope to achieve through your study and where you see it leading to. Graduation and finishing your formal studies is not the end of learning. So it’s good to consider informal options for education – what you are reading, what new practices are you observing, and how might you integrate that into your work or life in general. Once you have those skills of critical thinking and learning, you don’t want to go backwards in them. Consider how they integrate with the rest of your life.