Slipping

I finally hit a wall with everything I’ve been doing.  Jack got the chickenpox and my cat got sick, both during my last week of school when I had two finals due.  I also got a $253 parking ticket and had extensive (and expensive) dental work done that week…  Even I can hardly believe all of this happened in the span of 7 days.

So yeah, I’ve been scraping by with minimal amounts of sanity.  As soon as my finals were submitted I just kind of broke apart.  For the last week I’ve been practicing my breathing, focusing on one task at a time, and trying not to blow up at anyone.  I spoke with my college counselor and got the start date for my next round of classes pushed to November and then I buried my head in pillows and focused on doing as little as possible.

I’m not sure how I’m going to make it through this degree program, honestly.  I am generally a fantastic multi-tasker but I have a hard time when things interfere with the time I want to spend with my loved ones.  And how does time for myself fit into this equation?

If anyone has any tips, I’d love to hear them.  I am not sure how to juggle my responsibilities anymore…

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  1. I think the first step is to just do less stuff. What will this degree do for you? If it doesn’t mean a huge improvement for your career (or even if it does) can it wait five years? If it’s really something you need to do now, what else can you drop? Humans can’t live well without down time. You need more time that you can spend doing nothing (or at least not a lot) with David and Jack.

  2. I didn’t have a child when I was working on my Master’s degree so I don’t know how much help I can offer. I do know that I couldn’t have gotten through it (working full time and going to school) without Nick. He helped me out with my chores whenever I asked, read and edited my papers, and listened to me complain whenever I needed it. I think it aslo made a difference that I got 4-8 weeks of a break between classes.

    There were sometimes (well a lot of times) when I couldn’t go to friend or family events because of homework, class, or I was just too tired to do anything else. Nick was very understanding but I still felt guilty and it sucked that I wasn’t able to have fun too. I had to remember that I couldn’t do everything. I usually tried to make one day of the weekend a day I would spend not doing homework. That way we got to do something together (or something by myself) and I got a little time to relax.

    The best thing I can say is know your limitations and try to find some time to relax. Go for walk or watch a movie, or go to breakfast one Saturday morning. The small things maked a big difference. Also it helped to remember why I was going through all of the school craziness.

    I hope that helps. Let me know if you need anything.

  3. I maintain that the most important thing I learned in college wasn’t found in the textbooks, but was time management. (And living on nothing…) Even without those extras (and you had some doozies!) the last two weeks of school are horrible. I always spent the week after school let out at my Dad’s. Neither he nor my stepmother took days off work, and I slept for 14 hours a night. Come the weekend, I was ready to play with them, and then fly up to my real life at my Mum’s. Take some time to decompress, and you’ll be okay.
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Blue’s Clues =-.

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