As someone who uses nature for relaxation, play, and work, it can be difficult to find a way to balance these needs with other responsibilities in my life. I’m currently working 40-hour weeks in an Amazon warehouse, taking 14 credits of online schooling, trying to find housing for next semester, preparing for my summer job at Philmont, and many other day-to-day tasks that must get done. Needless to say, finding time to spend in the outdoors, not thinking about work or school, can become difficult.
One technique I use to balance my responsibilities is using weekend overnighters as motivation to finish my other tasks more quickly. I try and schedule one short backpacking trip a month as something to look forward to, so I know I have a weekend set aside where I won’t have any worries or responsibilities. This means that I have to finish my assignments before the weekend, and I find I perform better on my classwork and homework if I have a motivation to get it done.