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Managing Time When There isn’t A Lot to Begin With

How I Try to Find a Minute to Split Between School, Work, and Football

By Robert LaRosa

Sometimes 24 hours is just not enough time to accomplish whatever you need to in one day.

And as we get older and older it seems like our workload becomes heavier while we lose more time.

Time management is something not everyone is great at and that’s okay because with a little work you can organize your activities and get rid of that anxiety.

My weekly schedule was very chaotic between working over thirty hours a week, going to school full-time, studying, playing on a football team, weight training, and keeping a stable social life.

I’m not trying to say I have it the hardest in any way, but that it is difficult to keep everything balanced.

This is no easy task since my plate was literally overflowing with daily activities that needed to get done.

The key here is prioritizing. After spring break, I knew that school had to come first. With only a month left in the semester, it was time to sprint to the end and finish strong.

And with school almost over, football and weight training will soon take over as the main priorities during the summer.

Back to school, with only a month left and work to make up, your social life becomes virtually non-existent.

It’s not totally bad, but it’s very far from great, because if you have any sense of the word “responsibility” then you’ll know that school will come to an end and then you can have fun.

School isn’t something that lasts forever, so just grind your hardest now so there isn’t any worry about it before the semester ends.

During this semester I was either at school or work and I’m not exaggerating.

Sometimes, I’d have class in the morning, then work nights only to have to wake up for my next shift at seven the next morning.

After that shift I go back to school for the rest of the day and night.

People have done this before and make it work, but once my grades began to slip I had a much needed talk with my manager.

I am extremely fortunate to have a level headed boss who was willing to help me. After rearranging my schedule, my grades improved and I realized it was the best thing I could’ve done.

I was and still am making a lot less money than what I was originally making, but in order to achieve greatness you need to sacrifice.

At this point in the semester my plate wasn’t as full as it was originally, which is great.

Towards the very end of the semester the Semi-Pro football team I play for, the New York Predators, started spring training.

Practice is once a week at eight in the morning for two hours, which is great because it only takes up a tiny piece of time from the rest of my schedule, which is better than last semester, where I had to leave the team to focus on school and work.

With all going on regarding school and work I had to stop weight training, which is a passion of mine. Sometimes you need to sacrifice things for what’s most important in the time being.

After adjusting my work schedule, I found that I had time after my school work and studies to continue pursuing what drives me.

As much as everyone jokes about having no social life during the end of the semester, there is almost 100 percent truth to that.

In my case, time for parties and clubs can wait until summer and after I pass all my classes.

People should be more okay with this because, again, school is not forever and it’s best to just get the most important things done so you can enjoy yourself.

With all that said, it isn’t impossible to work, go to school, have a social life, and be active in sports.

However, from someone who likes to put 100 percent into what he does, I’d say that at least one will suffer.

If you’re someone who can concentrate on school, jobs, and your social life, then congratulations because there aren’t a lot of people who can do that and it definitely isn’t easy.

Just prioritize your time and make sure that the most important things in your life are dealt with first.

You will have to give up some of the fun parts of your life for a short time, but in the end we can’t get what we want without a little sacrifice.

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