Who doesn’t want more time in their day? I think if it were possible, most people would take an extra hour in their day for a number of things, more time to work, sleep, spend time with family, blog, study or clean the house. You name it, and we’d squeeze it in that extra hour. Unfortunately for us, we all get the same 24 hours per day, and how we use it, is up to us.
A typical week for me looks like this:
School: 8:00 – 4:00 – Monday – Thursday
Job 1 (Nanny Job): 5:00 – 9:00 – Monday – Thursday
Job 2 (Nursing Assistant at the hospital): 7:00 – 7:00 (Friday – Sunday)
The rest of the time that is left is dedicated to studying (which is extremely important if you are trying to get into nursing school), blogging, cleaning, hanging out with friends when I can, and sleeping – I feel like I don’t sleep enough.
How do you go about doing all the above without losing your sanity or getting sick? You have to learn how to balance life and take it all in strides. How do you balance blogging, school and work? Here are some tips and tricks that I have found over the past few months that work for me and can hopefully help in some aspect of your life.
Wake an hour earlier.
I am an early riser, so this comes natural to me. My eyes open every morning at 5:30 – which can be annoying if you’re trying to sleep in – but, in those early morning hours, I’ll wake up and either work on my blog or get some last minute reading for school in. One of my best friends wakes up around 6:30, and she normally texts me around that time, so I’ll stop and get ready for school then. During the weekends, I immediately get ready for work, since I have to be punched in by 6:40.
I can go through the day on only 4 hours of sleep, but as a nursing student and a nursing assistant, I know that this is foolish. Last month I implemented this 10:30 pm bed rule – yes, I have rules. That way I will get at least 7 hours of sleep. Now, there are some hours where that doesn’t happen because I have an assignment due that I didn’t get to during the day. However, most nights, I am in bed by 10:30 pm. Sleep is extremely important if you are trying to get some balance in your life. A lack of sleep will eventually catch up to you, and then you’ll be right back where you started.
Utilize small free times
One of my classmates rides the subway to school and back to her car at the station, which takes about 10 minutes or so. In that small time frame, she pulls out her flashcards of notes for one of her science classes, and gets some studying in. I respond to comments on my blog and interact on social media during my lunch hour when I am at school. When I’m at work, I study for school during down times at the nurses stations. Also, in the car, I listen to recorded lectures for my classes. Any small free time you have can be used for something.
Use a planner
I am obsessed with notebooks, and planners. I have a small notebooks in all my bags, in my car and on my coffee table. TJ-Maxx has the cutest stuff. This small addiction however, means that any ideas I have for the blog or if I need to remember something later on, is written down immediately, no matter where I am. I even keep one in my scrub pockets.
Take a break
This is extremely important. As, I write this blog post, I am sitting on my sofa surrounded by cold and flu medications. I have the habit of not listening to my body when it tells me to slow down, and the results- out of school and work, which is no beuno.
You need break! Something that doesn’t involved work, school or blogging. I read for pleasure before bed each night or I’ll watch a few minutes of television, which is usually the news – not sure how fun that is. But, it does allow me to break away from the never ending cycle that is my life!
Plan out your time
I plan out every single hour of my day. Mind you, this doesn’t always go as planned. However, every hour in my day has a duty. That way, I won’t be spending too much time with one task, and not giving another enough time. I also use my alarm a lot. I study in 45 minute chunks and then take 15 minutes breaks. So, I need my alarm or timer to constantly remind me when it’s time to move on to something else.
All this takes time. You’re not going to wake up tomorrow and have it all figured out. I still tweak my schedule now and then to accommodate a sudden change of plans. However if I want my blog to be successful, and I want to excel at both work and school, then I have to try and lead a balanced and also be extremely disciplined.
What are some ways you keep a balanced life?