Tips for Balancing Work, School, and a Social Life

I know that when I went back to school part time for my MBA, it was a major adjustment. I’m someone that thoroughly enjoys, and needs, my free time. I need to have a couple hours for relaxation in my day, and working a full time job while going to school really cut into my “me” time. For about a month I was so overwhelmed, but I eventually figured out a new routine and now working, and going to school, and having a social life is much easier. So, here are a few tips that I’ve found to be crucial for balancing the trifecta.

 

Tip #1: Give yourself at least two hours each day

Try to give yourself at least two hours a day with no work and no school or homework, and do something for yourself. That could be going to the gym or cooking a nice meal, but you need time to decompress. You can’t go to work all day, then go to school for a few hours, and then do homework when you home. You will burn out very quickly by trying to go, go, go, all day long.

 

Tip #2: Wake up an hour earlier

I found that I felt so much more productive when I woke up just an hour earlier than I did before. Personally, I choose to use this time for a workout, but you can use it for anything. You can get a lot of homework done when its quiet in the house or a good, healthy breakfast is always a great way to start off the day. I realized that I spent a lot of time doing a lot of nothing at night. So I cut this out and went to bed an hour earlier, and I was able to be a lot more productive.

Yoga is a great way to relax

Tip #3: Do homework during lunch

You may think, I don’t want to give up my lunch. Well, neither did I but you can get a lot done in that lunch hour. There is no one in the office to bother you, and even reading class material in your car works. Instead of spending large chunks of time trying to get everything done at once, doing homework in little time slots throughout your day makes it more manageable.

 

Tip #4: Reserve one day a week for no work and no school

I know this sounds counterintuitive for being productive, but you will be much happier and more productive if you have one day to yourself. One day to hang out with friends and spend time with your family. One day to do laundry and catch up on all your other day-to-day things.

 

Comment below and tell me how you balance the trifecta!

Author: Lindsey Owens

Civil Engineer | MBA Student | Young Professional

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