A lot of people are struggling to find a balance in their studies, work, and family demands. I never thought being an adult was this difficult and demanding. My name is Medjie Alouidor I am in my mid-twenties. I could say I didn’t have a normal teen life like every other teenager. I met my husband at early age; we dated for a few years, and we got married when I was twenty-one years old. In this case you can tell that I didn’t really get the opportunity to explore or enjoy my teenage life. I am married with two beautiful daughters, currently working full time, and I am involved in my husband ministry. Also, I am enrolling online at Penn Foster College trying to finish general studies program. Recently, I have been struggling to adjust my life to all the tasks I have to accomplish. It is quite challenging to balance studies, work, family demand and the ministry at a set up time. I have to work from 8 to 9-hour shift, pick up kids from daycare, go home and start with the mommy duties it’s not very easy. Although sometimes, my parent help me with the kids especially when I have to attend important meeting that concern the ministry. My husband questions why I have not finished some tasks, and this makes me feel like he does not understand that I have so many responsibilities. Sometimes I try to stay very late to study or to work on the module but it never happens. I get very tired, and I fall asleep in the middle of it. However, I have some serious plans that I intake to implement to change this situation.
I was thinking about the next step to reach that could help me improve the way I balance my studies, work, family demands and the ministry. It comes up to a significant sacrifice for the people around and me. First I have to get organized, I need to get a calendar to keep track my time and to set a study plan which will require me to give up on a lot of other activities. Secondly will challenge myself by making each week a competition of how many classes I will attend. I will do an analysis at the end of each week; I will review my performance. This will enable me to keep track and improve the next week. I also need to develop a tight time frame that means that I have to make time to study; the next step will be breaking down huge tasks to smaller tasks that I can handle at particular time. For example, when I have a pending assignment, I will schedule a specified time to prepare and handle each part depending on the deadline. This will reduce pressure that builds when the due date is near, and I have not tackled it.My next step is that I will make time for the little things like making time to take my family out to dinner or a movie; these will help to refresh my mind. Taking some time to have fun will also do well to my mind since a refreshed mind works efficiently than an overworked one, I will be able to meet the study, work, and family demands
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