I think the biggest thing about adjusting to the postgrad world is finding a way to balance work and your personal life. You have a new set of responsibilities, but you’re still young and want to have fun.
For me, blogging can sometimes feel like another job (in a good way). I can spend a few hours blogging when I come home at night, between writing posts, planning and scheduling social media posts, and reading and commenting on other blogs. And then there’s making time for fitness, friends, and breathing. Lol.
But, there are a few things I have learned in the month that I’ve been working. And I hope that these tips can help you find a balance in your life, whether it’s work, school, sports, hobbies, or whatever.
1. Make time for fitness.
I’ve come to learn that taking care of your body has to be a priority. Simply put, you have to make time for fitness, and eat right. Yes, enjoy the french fries, and skip a workout when you just need a day off, but good health makes you better in other aspects of your life.
For me, this is especially applicable to blogging. I schedule content ahead of time. This way, I don’t feel like I have to rush home to accomplish a whole week’s worth of blogging.
An hour before bed, get off the computer. Social media can wait until tomorrow. I’m still struggling with this, but it is does give you peace of mind at the end of the day.
4. Start your day off with a few minutes of personal time.
I wake up earlier in the morning so I can enjoy a cup of coffee and watch Good Morning America before heading out the door. It just feels so nice to relax before a long, hectic day.
5. Don’t feel like you have to do it all at once.
Prioritize, but don’t feel like you have to be on top of everything all the time.
To wrap it up, I think the key to achieving a work/life balance is being present in whatever you’re doing. When you’re at work, stay focused on your projects. When you’re out of the office (or school, etc.), make time for other things that matter to you. Go to dinner with friends, take a yoga class, read a good book.
It takes some adjusting, so don’t feel like you have to have it all figured out. You’ve got your whole life ahead of you, and things will work out.