Full Time Student, Full Time Job: The Balance

Jesus fucking Christ I have to wake up at 5 o'clock in the morning to walk my dog, then I have to get dressed to go to school. I go to school. I hurry out of my last class, so that I can use the handicap stall to change into my work uniform. I go to work. I sit around for 8 hours hoping that someone will buy a car from me, so that I can pay for my tuition, my rent, and my German Shepard's ever-growing appetite(His name is sterling). I sell nothing. I go home to lay in bed, and I ponder; why the fuck would I do this to myself. Shit, I have to wake up and do it again.

"Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. Start there."

-Cheryl Strayed

Life for me is a series of check-lists, and each one is longer than the last. I work from 10-6 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and I work from 1-9 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I forgot one thing; I'm still in college! I spend Tuesday and Thursday mornings at a university that, for lack of a better term, can be described as meh. Not great, not terrible. just meh. Yet somehow I find a balance between my personal life, as well as my academic life, and my job. (insert transition)

In order to juggle the non-stop jumble of responsibility that is my life, I have to maximize my productivity. I do that by starting my days off early. Yes, I wake up at 5'Oclock every single morning. We tend to accomplish more when we begin our days on a productive note. Maybe I am exaggerating. I'm not waking up before 5 PM if I've been up binge drinking with the bros, but that's a different blog for a different day. But I digress; you can wake up as early as you want, but it means nothing if you do not have a game plan that details how you are going to conquer your day.

When have you ever seen Nick Saban (Arguably the most successful college football coach of all fucking time. A whole king. I may or may not have erected a shrine in his honor) come into a game without a game plan. I'll wait. Consistent success comes from effectively planning out every step of your day. Notice how I said CONSISTENT. Anybody can have one or two successful days, but it takes a meticulous planner to be successful day in and day out. A layout of my day typically looks something like this:

5:00 AM: breakfast

6:00 AM: Homework

8:00 AM: Prep for work

10:00 AM: work

7:00 PM: Gym

8:00 PM: personal time

10:00 PM: Bed

I truly believe that you can achieve whatever it is that you set out to do. It is simply up to you to make it happen. I remember constantly being reminded of the sheer insurmountability of the lifestyle that I live today. I do it anyways. People will often project there insecurities onto you because they do not want to face the fact that they lack the work ethic that it takes to be the bad ass that you know you are. I couldn't balance working and going to school, so what makes him think that he can? It's all bullshit. The only limits that exist in this life are the ones that we set for ourselves.

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