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How to manage family and work?

I know it is a well known topic, but I thought my situation is different since am a student and my girlfriend and I are living together? How can I manage studying/working and spending time with the loved ones? Which one is more important since what I do is important to guarantee a decent life for all? #social

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Daniela’s Answer

Hello,


n order to optimize functioning, it is necessary to find a balance between the various roles one plays. A student often wears many different hats: partner, worker, friend, classmate, etc. Often times these roles are in conflict, and a student must be adept at attending to a variety of factors and assessing priorities.


Manage your time


Time Management is a key component to academic and professional success. It is an essential skill that will help you concentrate your efforts on what is most important.


Plan your schedule
Make a weekly to-do list
Prioritize your work
Break large tasks into their smaller components
Set goals and deadlines for projects
Avoid perfectionism
Honestly assess the amount of time you waste


Maintain a healthy lifestyle


Your physical and emotional well-being plays a major role in your academic, professional, and personal success. Take time to establish and maintain an active and informed wellness plan.


Exercise and sleep regularly.
Eat healthfully.
Make time for yourself.
Enjoy and spend time with friends and family.


Managing the conflicting demands of school, work, and family
Managing the multiple demands of your career, school, and personal life can be challenging, but you can be successful if you keep a few tips in mind:


Be where you are. Don’t worry about what you aren’t doing. Stay focused on the task at hand—don’t worry about work when you’re in class or studying, and don’t let work or school interfere with spending quality time with family and friends.


Set a schedule for the week and get organized. Plan segments of time for study, family, exercise, and other tasks that need to get done. Experiment with the best times for you to study and how frequently you need breaks. Also, figure out the best place to study where all of your materials are accessible and you can truly focus.


Reward yourself. You should plan a reward for sticking to your schedule or completing your work before a deadline.


Remember that you are only human. Nothing will get done well if you are emotionally or physically drained. Plan exercise and creative activities into your week to help keep you energized.


Use your support system. Discuss your expectations for school with your family and friends. Inform them about your schedule so that they know when you can’t be disturbed and when they can expect your full attention. Negotiate household duties based on your schedule.


Don’t focus on getting straight A’s. Since you have already been accepted into graduate school, your focus should be on the learning, not getting 100% on every exam or ranking #1 in your class.


Have some fun. Make time to enjoy friends and family; watch a movie; or read non-academic books.


Learn to say ‘no.’ This is not the time to volunteer to run new initiatives at work or assume new family responsibilities if you don’t have to. Just meeting your responsibilities at work, school, and home will be enough of a challenge for now. Remember it is only temporary.
Know when you need help.


Read all the article in:


http://jhsap.org/self_help_resources/school-life_balance/


Best!

Thank you comment icon It is important to manage your time. Making a firm (not too firm) schedule helps. Schedule study time and don't forget to schedule time for yourself and your hobbies. Jacqueline Briscoe
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Nadia’s Answer

You need to find your balance, and you won't always get it right, and that's okay!
Be adaptable, and be open. Have a plan and try to stick with it, involve your partner in your planning so that she is on board. Set expectations on both sides.
Take time for yourself and be honest with what you can handle, and what you can't. Ask for help when needed.
I wish you the best of luck!
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James’s Answer

You have to find the balance that works for you. Experiment with different ways of accomplishing this and see what feels right. Also, don't forget to include some time for yourself. This could be exercise, a hobby, etc. This may seem counterintuitive when you are already trying hard to balance the other items you mentioned, but it will pay off in the end. Best of luck!
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Sarbari’s Answer

There is no one way to answer this since clearly both are important. The best way to go about is getting organized around your goals in each aspect. Think about what you want to accomplish as student and what are your goals and expectations from your relationship. Then start to break these down into manageable goals that have a specific time horizon or objective. After that prioritize so that you know in which order you want to tackle and also how you can track progress. But most importantly talk to your partner so that she is also aware of your approach and is fully bought in to your goals and objectives. And last but not the least stay disciplined but be flexible - life never goes according to plan.

Good luck!
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