You may be well aware of the fact that I am both a student and a book blogger, and well aware of the fact that every so often, this is an unsightly combination. I know of many bloggers my age, who likewise, are students with much the same sentiments: It’s an imposing challenge to balance school with blogging. You may be wondering however: why is such the case, for me especially? Why have I been going on frequent breaks?
Well, ask no further because here’s why.
I don’t have eight hands. Not that I’m complaining—if I woke up one day to a cross between an octopus and a Machamp, I’d probably freak the hell out. This being a metaphor however, it is no less true that the two hands I have to work with aren’t copious enough for dynamic multitasking. As much as I’d like to do four different things simultaneously, the truth of the matter is that I can’t— and even if I indeed had four sets of arms, I’d need four sets of eyes to make it work. No, thank you.
Writing posts and accomplishing homework generally occupy the same timeframe. School over here runs from 7:30 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon three days a week, and at least 50 minutes earlier on the remaining two days. This means that because I live a significant distance from school, wrestling with consistently heavy traffic, I get home 5:30 in the afternoon at the earliest, and god knows when at the latest. I usually have around 3-4 hours to spare, which isn’t nearly enough. Because I study at an elite school (‘Science’ School, as they call it), by the time I’m done with homework (or by the time I decide to give up on it), my brain has ceased to cooperate out of sheer exhaustion.
I get forced to work around the clock. Sometimes, when my brain is [miraculously] perceptive enough, and manages to sustain me more than two working brain cells at a time, I can stay up until 2-3 in the morning to finish my blogging responsibilities. Of course, this means that I get 2 hours of sleep at the most, which is about a quarter of the requirement for my apparent pubescence. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Matter of fact, ain’t nobody got time for anything.
I find it hard to sort my priorities. School should come first by default—blogging doesn’t necessarily ensure me an enterprising future. However, I do find this the more enjoyable and emotionally rewarding activity, and sometimes find myself around the blogosphere instead of around my school papers. I know I should be putting one before the other, but temptation is great, and I am but completely susceptible.
Additional distractions are everywhere. Blogging isn’t the only thing I enjoy apart from the weekends. I have to find the time to catch up on the latest episodes of Suits or Supernatural, and about a dozen other shows that I follow with devotion. Sometimes I have to find time for music, or for meditation, for a small snack or for a healthy conversation with my multiloquent brother. Most of the time however, I try to find the time for reading books, which is a prerequisite to blogging, of course. Due to the fact that I’m neither The Flash nor Father Time, I hardly find enough hours on the clock to accomplish everything I want to.
Blogging takes a toll on my academic performance. As much as I’d like to say that my grades haven’t been slipping and I haven’t been missing out on studying for long tests due to blogging obligations—I can’t, because then I’d be lying. Blogging hasn’t taken a serious toll on my studies, but sometimes I feel that if I could just concentrate on school and school alone, my performance wouldn’t be so lackluster (for my standards, at least).
So where do I go from here? This post wasn’t just to mope about the current state of my well-being—there are, of course, things that I do and find helpful whenever I’m in a cinch like this one. It would be well worth it to share them with you!
Schedule posts. This won’t take up much of your time. Trust me when I say, your writing becomes more fluid, and your light-bulb ideas more frequent when you’ve actually taken the time to gather your thoughts beforehand, or even to know what you’re supposed to be writing about.
Work in advanced. Do this only when you have time to spare (excluding the time for advanced homework, of course). When you do, try as much as possible to allot it to blogging, uch that you use the extra time for productivity.
Reevaluate your goals and adjust as needed. Sometimes, you may need to take a step back and think things through. Are your goals attainable given the amount of time you have for the blog? If you’re looking to post every day, but only have around an hour or two for homework and blogging both, it’s time to expunge your previous goal and set yourself a new, feasible one.
Resolve to blog at your own pace. The posts on your blog do NOT have deadlines—it’s not like you owe the world a new post. Don’t feel guilty when you’ve missed a day or two, or have gone on hiatus without prior warning. If, like me, you cannot help but feel like you are beholden to some form of explanation, feel free to write a post, or a simple side note. It’s important to remember however that you are in control of the schedule on your blog, and it will never hurt to let it adjust to suit your needs, and not vice versa.
And that’s it for this week’s Blogger Bites! Now it’s your turn. Are you finding it hard to balance blogging with school or work? What are some of the survival skills you employ to cope? Sound off in the comments and make my day 😀