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How do you balance school, work, friends, and family?

I started working a couple months ago and I'm having a hard time doing everything. I feel like days need to have more hours and months to have more days. #school #motivation

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Gwen Hardin,’s Answer

Hi Seujong,

Work, school and life balance can be difficult but not impossible. Always keep self-care in mind order to not burn out on all your responsibilities. In order to do that, take time to take care of your health and exercise and/or meditate regularly. Gain support from you family and friends and let them know that school and work need your time and attention for now and let them know you are not purposefully neglecting them. Create a schedule so you are able to see ahead of time when you have open pockets of time to spend with them and time for yourself as well. Creating a little structure and carving out space for yourself will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.

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Chhavi’s Answer

this can be hard especially in the beginning as one is excited about work, the initial months have a learning curve as well and a majority of your time is now spent " working" actively.

Few things I find helpful.
1. Understand what motivates you at work and outside of work and to make sure you make time for both.
2. Compartmentalize - not bringing work home and leaving personal stuff behind while at work is often is very effective/efficient and productive.
3. Make a list of things that one needs to do (again, work and non work related) , ideally spend a few minutes in the morning, or evening to plan the upcoming day and park things for other days of week/weekend
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this can be hard especially in the beginning as one is excited about work, the initial months have a learning curve as well and a majority of your time is now spent " working" actively.

Few things I find helpful.
1. Understand what motivates you at work and outside of work and to make sure you make time for both.
2. Compartmentalize - not bringing work home and leaving personal stuff behind while at work is often is very effective/efficient and productive.
3. Make a list of things that one needs to do (again, work and non work related) , ideally spend a few minutes in the morning, or evening to plan the upcoming day and park things for other days of week/weekend
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Junnie’s Answer

Hi Sujeong, I can understand to balance school, work, friends and family can be challenging, especially you need to work to survive at the same time keep your grades up at school. My dad used to tell me, in different stages of our life, different things play a major role in our life, if schooling and working is the main focus at this stage of your life, spending less time with your friends will have to be sacrificed. Spend quality time with your family once a week, even it’s just an hour. Send text messages to your friends and family wishing them a wonderful day, let them know that you are thinking of them.

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Steffanee’s Answer

Hard work and achieving school /work goals is important, but balancing sleep, exercise, and healthy eating is also key to help you enjoy the free time. It can be difficult to remember to take care of yourself with the many things in life to balance. As the others have mentioned, listing out what is important to you and then prioritizing those goals can help you better achieve them. Creating a weighted list with blocks of time or percentages to each can easily let you know if you are trying to achieve goals that are not reachable in a 24-hour day or longer period of time.
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Steward "Tony"’s Answer

Sujeong, this is not a new problem as we all have gone through this, but this is the right time to keep it simple. First & foremost, "Sleep" is by far the most important of all these issues you have going on in your life. Learn this early because it regulates how you deal with the rest of your day. Label each function of your day with a level of importance. "1" being the most (apart from sleep and food) down to "5" being the least. Set your day to accommodate each accordingly. If you have a 6 to 10, then you may be sabotaging your future in some respects.

Sacrifice some fun today and party like crazy after success has graced your life. Embrace this time of learning and developing great habits. Be rested, be fed, be ready for another day of knowledge, and be content that life after you have successfully accomplished your goals, will come with new goals to strive for along with great rewards.

P.S. Always take some time to reflect before you sleep. Calm your mind and heal your body.
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