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How to Balance School and Business: An Ongoing Journey (Part 2)

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Hello, hi, bonjour, hola!

It’s midterm season, which means I’m a busy bee that barely has time to take a shower.

How am I balancing school and business you ask? Well, read on to find out.

So, this is a continuation of my series "How to Balance School and Business." Here’s the link to the first one so you can get caught up. I’ll still be here when you finish reading.

Now that you've caught up let's begin!

What’s been working well?

  • Planning my life out using my bullet journal. It helps me see when I can do the things I need to do. For example, I planned to write this blog post today because there is nothing else going on. 
  • Keeping my place and office organized, a cluttered room creates a cluttered mind, and I do not have time for that.
  • Taking a walk to kickstart my creativity. When I’m planning out my social media for the next week, sometimes I get stuck. All of my best thinking has either happened while I’m on a bus, a subway or on a walk! During my walks, I speak all of my thoughts out loud into my phone as I record them so I won’t forget and so I’m not typing and walking. Don’t worry- I make it seem like I’m on a phone call, so it doesn’t look weird!
  • Telling myself that it doesn’t have to get done in one day- it just has to get done. Typically, I bulk schedule all (and I mean all) of my social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest) on the weekend. But that takes a long time. And sometimes, I don’t have 5 hours to dedicate to social media. So, on Sunday night,  I get Monday’s content and maybe Tuesday’s content scheduled. And on Monday night, I’ll schedule either the next couple days or finish scheduling all of the posts, depending on my schedule.
  • Setting a time limit for going on social media. The new IOS12 update lets me set screen time limits, and I’ve been loving it! I need to limit how much I’m going on Instagram because it’s halting my productivity.

What hasn’t been working?

  • Keeping a habit tracker. It’s just been one more obligation for me to do, and I don’t have time for it.
  • Monthly reviews. Okay, let me rephrase: Written monthly reviews. I do the process in my head every month when I set new goals and todos anyways. I didn’t see the point in writing it all down.
  • Doing a weekly or biweekly newsletter. I’ve pushed it back to a monthly one, and I’m so much happier because of it.
  • Not charging what I’m worth. I’ve kept my cards at $3 ever since I began. But suppliers have raised their prices and my time has become more valuable. I deserve to be paid the amount of effort I put in. Which is why you will notice a $2 increase for all my products.

Final thoughts

I still have so much to work on and my type A overachiever personality is making me want to finish it all. But it’s a journey, not a race.

I dictate my success and my timeline. Okay let’s be honest, school dictates when I get to work on my business. Winter and summer breaks are when I can stop worrying about school and focus all of my attention on Thoughtfully Handmade.

In the 5 months (!) that I’ve restarted the biz (read this if you’re confused), I’ve learned that balance is not an equal proportion of everything but a give and take.

My life will never be completely balanced.

One day, I focus all of my attention on school, the other it’s a full day of scheduling social media and taking Instagram pictures, and the next day I'm making a lot of cards.  Sometimes, I do manage to fit in a bit of both school and business. Now, we can’t forget the other life tasks that I want to do: house chores, hanging out with friends and my extracurricular activities. But, I know I can't do it all.

Stay tuned ‘till the next update! Or if you’re impatient, subscribe to my newsletter, Yandy’s Chronicles. 

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