Juggling Dance With Your Other Hobbies
November 25th, 2019 by Elizabeth Radabaugh
These days, many people are expected to keep up a busy schedule with many different hobbies. There’s nothing wrong with having a variety of interests. But it can be difficult to keep up with all of them. How can you fit in time to go to dance rehearsal, swimming practice, debate club, and still have time to do all of your homework? Believe it or not, there are ways you can do it all! Many people manage to make it work while having a hectic schedule. As long as you know your limits and manage your time, you can make it work for you!
Organization is key
Although it doesn’t always come naturally to many artistic people, organization is your best friend when it comes to a busy schedule. Organization can mean many different things, ranging from physical organization to mental organization.
Physical organization simply means that there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place. If you pursue many different hobbies, chances are there’s many different things for you to keep track of. Before you leave your after-school club, ensure that you haven’t left anything behind with a checklist. You don’t want to hurry to dance class without all of your dance clothes! Having a consistent place where you put your things can help you keep track of them; it’s an excellent way to ensure you don’t lose your pointe shoes for the tenth time!
Mental organization applies to the task-juggling you do in your mind. Try out something like making a to-do list every now and again when things are particularly busy. It can help to see everything you have to do, written out so you don’t forget anything. Setting a routine is another way you can check off the mental organization box. Having a routine can help your sleeping habits, stress levels, and overall health. It’s nice to have a set time that you do everything. That way, you’re not leaving your many tasks off to the last second and needing to sacrifice your free time or sleep to get done what needs to be done.
Prioritize Your Time
When organizing your time, it’s best to prioritize it. If you have a project due in class tomorrow that isn’t finished, and a dance competition in two weeks, maybe you should finish off your project before you practice your choreography. Prioritizing your time comes down to this simple question: what is the best way I can do everything I can possibly do while still having time for myself. After all, everyone needs some free time in order to be a happy, functioning person!
Everyone can relate to the struggle of deciding between finishing a season of your latest binge-watching obsession and working on that project that should probably be finished already. Think about it this way, if you finish your project first, then you’ll have more time to watch your favorite show later without any guilt hanging over your head. It’s not a surprise that you’re going to have to work harder if you want to be involved in a lot of things, but hard work truly pays off! If you prioritize your time to the best of your ability and don’t have any free time left over, it may be time to start rethinking your schedule.
Know Your Limits
As hard as it can be to admit, there is such thing as being dedicated to too many things. It’s a good thing to know your limits and understand when too much is too much. Maybe it’s time to rethink your schedule if you find yourself going from one thing to another without any time to yourself at all. This is absolutely not an easy thing to do, with so many amazing things out there. Maybe you can afford to dedicate just a little less time to one of your hobbies instead of dropping it altogether! At the end of the day, how much you choose to take on is entirely up to you. You want a schedule that’s going to work for you, so take some time to think about what is going to make you the happiest you can be!
Being involved in many activities doesn’t mean your life has to be stressful. There can be time to do everything you want to do as long as you are smart about how you spend it. So keep on slaying that busy schedule! Know that it’s possible to win a StarQuest competition while starring in your school musical the next week and even ace a few tests in between. Keep on being the hard-working, well-rounded, superstar that you are, and always remember to budget your time wisely!
Aran Abilock is a writer for StarQuest. He loves mac and cheese, theatre, and all things Pokémon!