I graduated and received my Finance Masters in Business Administration a little over one year ago. Before that, I was working on my Business degrees in undergraduate school. I did all of this while working full-time and building up my side business (which is now my full-time business as of this week).
Multi-tasking and doing all of this at once was at the very least, difficult. I wouldn’t change a thing, but I do remember being very tired and getting around 4 to 5 hours of sleep on most nights. And then on the weekend I would crash and would sleep for around 12 to 15 hours each weekend day.
Many people would constantly ask me how I managed to do everything, and really the only answer I can think of is that I slept a lot less than everyone else did in college. I still had a lot of fun, but after I fun night I rarely went home and went to sleep. I would either work after hanging out with friends, or go home and sleep for 4 to 5 hours and then wake up early to start working some more.
I would also use every last second of the day the best way I could. I hardly would ever waste 5 minutes, and I made sure to plan everything perfectly. I was like the master of using time efficiently.
Being able to do both allowed for me to graduate very quickly, and I was able to work on my career at the same time. I probably wouldn’t have been able to start my own business at such a young age if I wouldn’t have worked so hard while in college. So, that is something that I definitely do not regret.
Stay organized with your work to-do list and your school to-do list.
Staying organized was a big lifesaver for me. I kept everything written down (what can I say? I’m old school). If I didn’t write it down, then it was very easy to forget about the task altogether since my to-do list seemed to be miles long.
It was also a relief (and still is) to cross things off my to do list. It helped me stay motivated to know that I am actually completing tasks that need to be done.
Buy a planner or keep notes in your phone. It is so cheap to stay organized either way, so do it! What’s stopping you?
Buy binders if you need to as well. Keep things separated so that you don’t have to waste any time going back and forth and looking for a piece a paper that you think you need.
Take time to relax.
Yes, school and work are very important, but you need time to relax as well. Having all work and no play is not good for most people. So take a break from that juris doctor for one second and have some fun!
Make a schedule for work and school.
Something that really helped me was that I made the best schedule that I could. I have friends who would not think about their school schedule and would go up to school multiple times a day because they didn’t plan their class times.
For example, they would have one class in the morning, then one 5 hours later, and then another one 3 hours after that. I did not do that. I made sure that all of my classes were in a group. I would leave work and go straight to class for a few hours, and then no time was wasted at all.
How do you balance your business/work and schooling?