SPONSORED: CLEVER WAYS TO BALANCE WORK, LIFE, FAMILY & FUN

It goes without saying that juggling life as student, family, work and many other commitments can be tough – even for the most determined of BossLadies! Fear not. Whether you’re married, single, with or without a great support system,  the IQ Academy has few tips to help us all find balance.

1. Routine

it won’t be easy to stick to this religiously at first but it adds a whole new level of security – especially when you have young kids. Having a weekly to-do list will ensure that you cover as many tasks as possible. Make sure you share responsibilities and chores with those around you. Don’t try to do everything on your own.

2. Plan and prepare

Cook meals in advance. Freeze some of your meals if you can, and keep weekday meals simple. This includes lunches for work and school as well as clothes that will be worn throughout the week.

3. FAMILY BONDS

Do your best to inform those closest to you about your availability. Let them know when you’re stressed, but make time to listen to them too. It is equally important that you communicate with your employer and team at work too.

4. PRIORITIES, DARLING!

Learn to say ‘NO’.  Work ahead, don’t procrastinate. Break huge tasks into smaller, more manageable ones. This will help you maintain focus and avoid panic. A smart BossLady knows how to identify and limit the distractions that waste her time.

5. Be present

Focus on one thing at a time and dedicate your body and mind to it. If it’s date night with your significant other, focus solely on that.

6. Get creative

Find ways to sneak in a few minutes of studying here and there. An example is; If you’re sitting in a queue or on a bus, it may be a good time to sneak in a few pages of reading. Get your kids involved. Do homework and study together if you can. Quiz each other on work already covered.

7. FUN IS THE NAME OF THE GAME

Have some fun. Go out for a walk, head down to the beach, play a board game, build a puzzle or paint.

8. EASY DOES IT

Take time out. This means not touching anything that involves school or work. Spend time with yourself – it’s all about balancing things out.

9. Reward yourself

Set goals and milestones and celebrate them. Give yourself a bit of a treat. It could be a massage, a slice of cake, a new pair of shoes –  anything you like.

After you’ve given it your ALL, remember – you’re not a robot. And even if you were, they burn out too. Watch out for tell-tale signs of stress like anxiety and a short temper, and learn to ask for help. Chat to your lecturers and tutors and make use of student portals offered by institutions such as IQ Academy. Now go out and slay!

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