Thursday, February 4, 2016

Diva's Life: How I Manage A Full Time Job, Grad School, and a Blog

The use of manage is used loosely, because sometimes I don't and something has to go, which is why I may not publish a post in a week or more. Here is how I attempt manage. This week is a perfect example. I'm traveling to New Orleans for Mardi Gras for the first time for a friend's birthday. I got the time off approved at work, so there is that. School, however, I have no off days. If it isn't an emergency, you're held accountable for late and missing work. So here is my game plan, so far it is working.


Assess the Situation:

My assignments are always due on Sundays by midnight. So this past Sunday, after turning in the previous week's assignments, I printed off the lecture notes for this week. I am taking two classes, so I really have to make the best use of my time. I knocked out one lecture Sunday evening after work and getting my hair done. Monday, I was off so I knocked out half of my lecture for my second class, then went to get my hair finished (I have Marley twists, it's a  process. Pics coming soon). Tuesday, I was scheduled to work from 10:30-7. I woke up at 6:45 am, stretched, made some tea, then at 7 am, got to work. I was done by 8 am. Now I have the evening to complete my discussion questions for Class 2, and the next day free to take my quiz for Class 1. That adds up to a free weekend in New Orleans! Well, not completely, free, I have to respond to two of my classmates assignments by Sunday at midnight. My school has an app, I have a smartphone, which means I can post while having cocktails :).

Take Breaks:

On my breaks in school work, I'll either draft or post to the site. I'm still working on drafting a week's worth of content the weekend before, but the way my life is set up, I'm lucky if I can consistently do that for one post.

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Be Flexible With Your Planning:

I make plans like this every week, especially if I know I am going out of town or going to an event. To add a wrench in things, my work schedule is not concrete. So I'm either studying early in the morning or late at night and blogging in between. Such is life.

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