(Closed) Advice and Tips: Full-time work and part-time school

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 3
3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I did it for a couple of years and one thing that saved me was pre-packing lunches and snacks.  Part of the stress of running from work to school or the library is being hungry and cranky.  I found that simple sandwiches, fruit, baby carrots, and granola bars tide you over very well.  When you’re home and NOT studying, try to have at least one nice meal a week which you both cook together and really enjoy.

As for the chores, they’re going to pile up if you don’t do them little by little  Get paper plates, wrap your sandwiches in foil, and try not to dirty up too many dishes unless you have time to do them!

Good luck in your studies!

Post # 4
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

your crockpot will be your best friend

as long as you pass you get credit for a course – if you don’t have time for everything, remember that a missed lecture isn’t the end of the world

sometimes your house will be messy, and that’s ok

go to work early and study beforehand or study on your lunch breaks

smartphone = efficiency, use it to keep track of everything – the evernote app is the best, its a great place to keep schedules, notes, lists, anything

i’ve spent the last three ish years working and going to school, its hectic but worth it

Post # 6
2780 posts
Sugar bee

@arthasdk:  time management!!!!! I guess to get home from work and play with my daughter, spend time with SO, make dinner and hang out, after baby went to bed I would sit on the couch with SO and do my work as he watched tv so at least we were spending time together. It sucks but it’s doable.

Post # 7
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re pretty much doing this now… I’m in school FT, working PT; while my Darling Husband works two jobs to help keep me in school. It has been challenging, but we know that there’s an end in sight – summer break is just a month away.  🙂 And then it starts all over again in August.  🙁

I hit the grocery store early Saturday mornings, before it gets crowded. I try to take a few hours on Sunday to cook two main meals for the week and separate them into grab-and-go single servings – usually a pasta dish and maybe steamed vegetables with rice. Invested in some nice pyrex glass bowls with lids that are perfect for fridge to microwave to dishwasher. While I’m cooking, I’m catching up on laundry and bills. Not going to lie… this does take a couple hours, but it’s kinda therapeutic.

Clean/organize what you can, when you can, but don’t stress out about it. It will eventually get done at some point. 

I have asked for a minimum of two hours of Q.T. with my man each week – usually on a weekend. Absolutely no T.V., no books, no work. Just us – and our dog. Sometimes I get it. Sometimes he just wants to watch T.V. Sometimes we go out. Sometimes we stay in. Whatever. I’ll take what I can get; he’s really busy too and I understand he needs some downtime as well. 

Schedule sex. Seriously. Or at least make it a point to have it every Wednesday and Saturday morning – whatever works for you. But make it a priority. Sleeping naked helps.

COMMUNICATE! Check in with eachother throughout the day… texts, VMs, emails. It’s nice to know that he’s thinking of me or that he misses me numerous times throughout the day. 

Acknowledge how tough it is… don’t ever forget you’re a team tackling this together. It will help strengthen your relationship.

It can be done. You guys can do it!! Good luck!!

Post # 8
899 posts
Busy bee

Me and my fiance work full time and go to school full time, planning a wedding feels like another job on the side. It can be very overwhelming.

I agree with the post before mine, schedule sex!

Post # 9
757 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah I work full time and go to school full time and my Fiance is getting his PhD so his whole job is working constantly. We definitely plan all of our meals ahead and do lots of shopping in one big trip on the weekend so we can get it done. It is also really important to schedule things so one day a week we have a rule that we aren’t allowed to work and have to spend the evening alone, no computers, no friends and no distractions. 

Most importantly, remember that things are not going to get done, whether that is cleaning or laundry or whatever, things won’t be the way that they were before you were this busy. I have just learned to accept some things and move on. 

I also basically never do my reading, unless it is important, and spend lots of time doing whatever I need to do during my commute.

Post # 10
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I worked full-time at night while going to school full-time during the day!

It was miserable! But I survived. The most important thing is to get enough sleep!

When you’re tired, all of your problems seem MUCH bigger and WAY harder to fix than they really are!

So get enough sleep!

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