When There Aren't Enough Hours In The Day

Friday, 9 October 2015

Hello lovelies!

I don't know about any of you, but for the last few weeks, I've found myself saying "There aren't enough hours in the day" more and more. Between full-time study, part-time work, having a relationship, seeing friends... I literally have no idea how I've even had time to sleep! As I'm getting back into the swing of uni after a long summer, tutors are telling me "This will need a lot of time outside contact hours" or "You're expected to spend 8-12 hours a week of your own time on this module" and I'm finding my diary is getting more and more crammed, with barely enough time to stop!

Sound familiar?

I imagine a lot of you are feeling the pressure of having a million and one different commitments and having to spread yourself incredibly thin across all of them.

I'm always wondering if I've taken on too much. Maybe I'm trying to have it all and should give something up. I desperately want to get a 2.1 in my degree, but I need to work to pay for driving lessons. I live with my boyfriend but we rarely get time together. At the same time, I don't want my friends to think I never make time for them because I'm spending all my spare time with my him. And in between all of that, I realise I haven't called my mum in almost two weeks and should probably let her know that I'm still alive.

The optimistic part of me is confident that I will be able to get through to graduation juggling everything if I just do a few (seemingly) simple things...

1. Planning. Is. Everything.
Buying a diary was probably the best thing I could have possibly done for myself this year. Everything goes in the diary, from lectures to blog posts to a lunch date with a friend. I feel so much better knowing what's happening and when, and putting it all on paper makes it seem much more manageable.

2. Learn to say no!
This is probably the most difficult one for me. No one wants to be the one to say no to an extra shift, or a night out, but taking up every offer that comes your way will leave you absolutely exhausted.

Set out your priorities and stick to them. If you want to get a good result in your university/college/school work, don't take on so many hours at your part time job that you have no time to get your assessments done. Or if you haven't spent any time with your family in ages, skip the night out and have a family movie night instead. It may suck at the time, but in the long-term, it'll be worth it!

3. Take time to relax.
This can literally be ANYTHING. For me, it can be as simple as a soak in the bath after a stressful day, and I feel instantly calmer. I refuse to take on anything on a Sunday evening, and make sure my to-do list is complete by then. Nothing gets in the way of Salsa Sunday! It's my time to socialise and do something I love, which sets me up for another week.

I can't stress how important it is to keep hold of things you enjoy and take time out for yourself. If you don't look after yourself, everything else will seem a thousand times more overwhelming.

How do you cope with all the stress that life throws at you?

Sian Kathrine xo


  1. Love this post ! I am having the same lately and also because i'm going back to uni :D The tips are handy thanks ;) xxxx


    1. Aww bless you! It's so stressful isn't it? Glad you find the tips useful! We can get through this!! xo

  2. Completely agree, I don't know how people manage even working with going to university, a month into my degree I barely have time to even complete uni work, don't think I could cope with having a job too! Also know where you're coming from with regards to making time for friends as well, stress! x

    1. You're so lucky to still be a first year! Yeah having a job is super difficult, especially recently because we lost 5 members of staff over the summer so there's been even more pressure on the ones who have stayed. But my spending habits mean I can't not have a job haha.

      Don't worry though, you're only a month in, you should find a way to balance it all soon! :) xo