Work/School/Life Balance

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
12875 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Just push through it!  Focus on the end goal knowing that life will suck for however long you have to take classes, and then you can relax.  Misery loves company…do you have friends in the class in the same situaion?  DH and I did our masters in engineering together in 2 years while working full time.  We did 2 classes per semester including summers (night classes 2 hrs/night 4x a week).  By the time we were out of class it was 8 or 9 pm, time to go home, do some homework maybe, sleep and do it all over again.  On top of that we were buying a home and wedding planning too.  We finished up school in May, got married in July, and after that it felt like a breeze just working a normal full time job!

Post # 3
1802 posts
Buzzing bee

I just finished up my real estate course online while going to school full time and working part time. It is definitely manageable, but you have to really want it to actually work at the RE class. I just tried not to stress myself out about it. I spent an hour on each of the chapters, so I just did a chapter each night. Then I went back and reviewed. While you are working on each chapter write up flash cards to practice while you are on lunch break, going to the bathroom or laying down at night. 

Post # 4
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m in my first year of grad school, this summer between clinicals and class I was gone 8am-8pm three days a week and 8-6 the other days. We also got married the first week of class. It’s hard but you push through. You know the dishes and laundry need to be done and you need to spend time with DH so you prepare yourself. He worked on the weekends too so there was not much time together, just gotta make the most of the time you do have! 

Post # 5
3994 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Ryansgirl:  Girl you just have to think of the end goal and push yourself to go through it the best you can. My first year of teaching (which is hella overwhelming for everyone) was also my one year of grad work for my M.Ed. To give an idea-Fall semester (during school year) that year I had 6 classes (rotated), Spring semeter had 5! It was insanely busy. My first piece of advice is time management. Make sure you clearly set aside time to work on your class (es) so you don’t have to figure out when you’re already exhausted. Pick at least one day a week (I change between Saturday or Sunday) where you do absolutely nothing related to work or school. Have that day/those days be just for you to do things you love and get away. Total lifesaver when you’re shuffling between the two. 

Post # 6
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I worked fulltime and part time (40 hours at a corporate gig plus a weekend job) and went to school full-time for my bachelors.  How did I do it? I didn’t go out, I didn’t party, I didn’t relax ever, I didnt take vacations and I kicked ass.  Graduated on-time with three degrees and $0 in debt with no family contribution.  I did it because I had to- I had no way to pay for school if I didn’t work. It’s not that hard, and from there on out life only gets easier! You can do it!

Post # 8
6073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ryansgirl:  I have been in your shoes, working full time, doing a Master’s, keeping up a house and dog, boyfriend and I were dating though.

Basically I just slept very LITTLE (like 6 hours a night was a good night).  GOt up at 6am to study, then went to bed at midnight.  I made sure I was productive every waking hour.  There was not relaxing time, no vacation time.  OK well I did relax when I was with my boyfriend, but I had to pencil him in 3 nights a week and even that was too much!  Every hour of my day had a different priority (school, boyfriend, work, etc), so things were constantly jockying for my first place.  I think it’s just supposed to be hard. 

Know there is a light at the end of the tunnel one day!


And lastly, ELIMINATE FORUMS FROM YOUR LIFE FOR NOW!  Seriously, they are a time suck.  You don’t have time for this!  LOL

Post # 10
560 posts
Busy bee

Ryansgirl:  Start slowly and keep certain days free to resource yourself.

Introduce routines, like Friday night is cinema night (dvd at home or out at cinema) and your days will start to become more structured and you’ll feel less scatty.

Plan your free time first – that’s more fun 🙂 and then work out your study time; if at the moment you’re doing nothing, then anything you do is going to be an improvement.

If you haven’t felt like doing additional work naturally it means you’re not having enough fun/distractions, so don’t be too hard on yourself. I would aim for one’s hour study a night. You could factor in some light exercise like a bike ride or a walk, or walk someone’s dog to refresh your senses when you get bogged down. You will find over time that you will start to enjoy dipping into study as long as you commit to a little regularly. Don’t put impossible expectations on yourself, keep it real.

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