Life is a Balancing Act.

In life, everyone's always balancing multiple things. Using myself as an example, I attend University and I work part-time when I can - my life is long. Coming into the month of November (well now it's close to the end lol) I've realised how much I lead a double life. If I'm not at uni or doing uni work, I've booked shift at work. Lately, work has started to take up all my free time and so does uni, but when you're low on cash like me, money is essential hence why I work so much. I'm always thinking to myself "when will I EVER have a weekend off?". The thing is, in 3rd year there is no such thing as a weekend off. If I didn't book in for work, I'd be in the library doing as much work as possible. I kid you not... it never ends.

Trying to balance the both of these things is becoming a bit stressful and some days I just want to be able to sit down and take a break - but there's no time for that. I always feel like I need more hours in the day to do everything that I want too, but life doesn't work that way, unfortunately. Lately, I've started to prioritise what's important to me and it's a bit obvious that I'm going to share those findings with you guys.

1. Planning in advance will be your best friend. I own a year planner that is taped to my wall so I know whenever I book in for a work shift I put it on there, same as when I book out a studio to shoot in for uni. This then shows me what days I'm working and what days I have free for uni work. Planning my weeks in advance is THE BEST feeling I get. Knowing that everything is planned gives me time in advance to actually have a social life... sometimes.

2. Weekends. Now this is something that I always slip up on. As I always work on a weekend, it's made me realise that I'm not utilising this day wisely. Leave weekends free. I love to go to the library on a Sunday because not many people are there and it gives me a clear headspace to get some work done. Saying this just makes me realise that I could work at home which is what I'm going to do from now on. Hustle during the week as it's beneficial, but alongside this (in regards to Saturday's) working half the day in the library isn't so bad, I'm just not used to half a day's work 😉.

3. Saying no isn't bad, in fact, it's good. I always try to do more than I could and starting from now this needs to change. I'm beginning to overstress myself for no reason just because I can't help myself as I tend to say yes to everything. By doing this my day just flies by and I miss having all the time in the world. I need to say no. Doing too much will run you down and I'm ready to live each day without stressing or overthinking, doesn't that sound nice?

So yeah, balancing work and uni is tough but it can be done. Make the right decisions guys.

"Balance isn't something you find, it's something you create."


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