Balancing School, Work and Blogging

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.

Sleep

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?

 

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26 Comments

  1. June 13, 2016 / 10:28 am

    I’ve been struggling with this recently. I’m not in “school” technically but I’m taking post-grad online classes that have been consuming basically all my time when I’m not at work. I definitely need to learn to take more breaks and time for myself because it wears on you for sure. Great post!

    • June 15, 2016 / 10:24 pm

      Thank you Stacey. Yes, take breaks short or long, you’ll thank yourself later on.

  2. June 13, 2016 / 11:06 am

    You’re quite the busy lady! It’ll all be worth it though 🙂 I stand by the bedtime rule, although my life isn’t as busy as yours. I go to bed early, and wake up early to make the most of my time!

    xoxo, Sam | thehauntedhousewife.com

    • June 15, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      Samantha, yes! I am all about bed time these days.

  3. June 13, 2016 / 11:48 am

    I totally get this because I work full time, go to school full time and blog!

  4. June 13, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    This is so important. When I was in school I had no time to blog in between the craziness that was my schedule. I love that you have time to do that while going to school and these tips are all important in helping to balance ones life. I love using a planner to keep myself on track. I couldn’t live without one!

    • June 15, 2016 / 10:14 pm

      I am determined to make it work Rachel!!

  5. June 13, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    My schedule’s pretty crazy (like yours), so I try to plan ahead as much as possible too!

    • June 15, 2016 / 10:10 pm

      Rachel, Yes! I am forever walking around with a to do list.

  6. June 13, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Wow, you are on your way to become a super women eh? Good going. Time management is so crucial when your multitasking. great post.

  7. June 13, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    I wish I could wake early but I’ve never been much for mornings. I have to figure out a way to do something similar to this. Balancing work, my family and my blog.

    • June 15, 2016 / 10:07 pm

      My blog is the one that suffers the most. I am trying to make sure it does not fall by the way side.

  8. June 13, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    I agree I have a lot on my plate too and sometimes I plan what I am doing at what time.

  9. June 13, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    I’m a sucker for planners myself! I color code mine so that I can keep everything organized. And don’t be ashamed, at 27 years old, I too have a bed time! lol I’m going to add this post to one of my Pinterest boards. Best of luck with school! Thank you for your service.

    Courtney | thirty30courtney.com

    • June 15, 2016 / 10:03 pm

      Thank you Courtney!!! Yes for bed times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. June 13, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    I started a course in November and I still haven’t perfected a routine which allows me to effectively work full-time, blog, do the “real life” stuff AND study. Something always gets sacrificed.
    This is such a helpful read – thank you. 🙂

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

    • June 15, 2016 / 10:02 pm

      Thank you Christie. I slip off now and then, but I think I almost have it under control.

  11. June 13, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    This is impressive! I need to be more disciplined, but sometimes I really love just crashing and not doing anything. I definitely give you props for being able to rock all of this stuff! – Alyssa @Living in Full Bloom

  12. June 14, 2016 / 10:14 am

    I’m also working and balancing school and the blog. It can definitely be difficult but I am trying to take care of myself and get enough sleep as well because now I am sick.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • June 15, 2016 / 9:54 pm

      I hate that!! My body does this every few months, I just completely exhaust myself and then my body shuts down. I try to be diligent about my sleep each night. Feel better Jenny.

  13. June 14, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Yes, yes, yes! This is so true! I’m a homeschooling mom, full-time graduate student, and blogger and these tips are so good. People always ask how I get so much done in a day and it really is scheduling your priorities and even working in smaller doses.

    • June 15, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      Amanda!! Yes, for a fellow hectic person who gets it.

  14. June 14, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    Wow girl! Kudos for balancing all this! I have a hard time balancing even the littlest things. You’re inspiring for sure. 🙂

    • June 15, 2016 / 1:48 pm

      Thank you Christine, I get so overwhelmed sometimes, but, I know it will be worth it.

  15. June 14, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    One thing I loved about taking the train was the extra time – me time to read a book or extra work time. Train isn’t an option any more. I have started listening to audio books and podcasts instead of music

    • June 15, 2016 / 1:44 pm

      Dana, I still listen to music, but if I am going on a long trip, then I definitely pull the audio books out.

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