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It’s impossible to give 100 percent to every task, 100 percent of the time. For me, this truth begins to sink in around the middle of each quarter. As a perfectionist and as someone who has a difficult time saying no (two descriptors that I suspect apply to many other Stanford students), my inability to put in a top effort, every time, for everything I do, sometimes distresses me. The math itself is distressing enough: say 65 percent of my time and energy go toward being a full-time student, but my extracurriculars would like as much as 40 percent and my friends at least 20 percent. And then factor in internships and future planning and random tasks, plus the nagging feeling that it’s never enough, that I should be doing more — wait, where does that leave any time for me? We’re already over 100 percent, and the last time I checked, no amount of idealism can counteract the fact that time machines don’t exist.
As I bear witness to ever more Op-Ed and The New York Times prophets, it becomes increasingly apparent to me that there is a certain disconnect between those who are excessively burdened with academics, and those that ruminate yearly on how to de-stress them. While more tightly regulated articles craft factoids, snippets and reams of research into factors and causes, The Daily’s past is riddled with quasi-useful stories about how columnists have dealt with stressful and busy times.