It's not healthy to become overwhelmed with a hectic schedule, work duties, homework, passion projects, and everything that makes up a day in your life. It's important to not spread yourself too thin and allow yourself to give equal attention to all your commitments and hobbies to lead a balanced and productive lifestyle. In doing this, you may have to give up some activities and/or rearrange your schedule.
But, let's be honest, a little chaos keeps us on our toes.
Of course, nobody wants to reach a breaking point and have a typical "college student mental breakdown." But, keeping your schedule busy and planned accordingly will make your days exciting and ultimately make you feel productive. To those who have hectic schedules, you have probably been told to "not sweat the small stuff" to push you through the toughest days. However, I have to disagree. Sometimes having a "not sweating the small stuff" mindset can gradually weigh on you and subconsciously make you lazy and unmotivated.
Sweating the small stuff makes you stand out from your peers.
For example, as an intern, you cannot risk slacking off one day due to fatigue and anxiety. One morning of not fulfilling your duties can risk your future employment. If your manager saw you half-a**ing a project, he would not be eager to write you a letter of recommendation, let alone hiring you full time! The small stuff matters just as much as the "big" stuff! Don't allow yourself to slack off and abandon your ambition. Sticking to the same routine can burn you out, but it is critical to find positivity and excitement in every task that you complete.
When you focus on the format of a marketing report, comb through an email for grammar and language, revise your presentation multiple times, your effort shines through and reflects what a detail-oriented person you are -- someone that everyone would want to hire. Sweating the small stuff sets you apart from your peers, so don't be scared of a challenge and push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Who knows, sweating the small stuff may be the reason you land your first real job!