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I Struggle to Balance Work and Life

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    School Constitutes Work, Right?

    I've recently completed my first two years of college. I've actually got quite a bit of schooling yet to go to obtain the degree that I want. I attend a university where I receive financial aid. I'm required to maintain a certain G.P.A. to keep my aid in good standing. However...
    ArdentEyes ArdentEyes 21-25, F 3 Responses Jul 9, 2007

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    Tend to Be Overly Concerned Wi...

    Tend to be overly concerned with my work, while I don't have much of a home life to speak of.
    dmwinchester dmwinchester 36-40, M Jul 13, 2007

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    Work Ix Not Productive

    Work is not productive and I am behind on paperwork. What is the ball and chain of it all? How do I move ahead, clean off my desk and feel good? What the hell is wrong that work sucks so bad?          
    dogryuu dogryuu 46-50, F Jul 31, 2007

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    I Have Found The Secret - Work Smarter Not Harder!

    I have always worked for myself so I have never even considered there to be such a thing as a working week. My working week was every day and most hours I was awake but a few months back I lost my company and found myself adrift for the first time in 30 years. Two things...
    symonb symonb 56-60, M 1 Response Nov 9, 2012

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    I always Struggle to Keep The...

    I walways struggle to keep the balance between work and life.  I've just recently began to work, and it's so difficult to keep your social life intact once you begin your life at work.
    LiquidFire89 LiquidFire89 18-21, F Jul 13, 2007

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    I was friends with my coworker sharing very

    personal experiences, I realized I don't like this person. Not sure why it took me 3 years to figure it out.
    lovelyalys lovelyalys 41-45, F Aug 8

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    Too Little Time!

    When you work about 6 dayz a week and you only have one day a week to yourself and God. You sometimes forget about the Lord. It's sounds bad but I hope he understands. He is still there for me with his day. Another thing about working alot is me and my husband work two different...
    firestarterfairy firestarterfairy 22-25, F Sep 20, 2010

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    Never Have Had Much Of A Life Outside Of Work

    Spend most of my time at work picking up after other people. Do not know how to be on vacation. Went camping one time by myself and was like what am I supposed to do with all this free time. Used to routine of work=:0)
    Apartmentpyr Apartmentpyr 41-45 1 Response Feb 8, 2013

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    Work Pops Up In the Middle of Life

    Right now I am on a holiday but I just cant seem to relax... At the back of my mind I have work worries that keep popping up like a pop-up window ... just cant seem to lose those thoughts... Work spills over to life most of the time and a whole week's stay away from work even...
    oneanother oneanother 41-45, M 1 Response Dec 16, 2007

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    Do What You Like - Like What You Do

    The work/life duality is fundamental - presumably cave men wished they had more time to paint on walls and didn't have to beat wild beasts with clubs all day.  If you're lucky, the duality shrinks as you age and figure out what you really like to do - what you were put on...
    ElLagarto ElLagarto 56-60, M 3 Responses Jul 13, 2007

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    Not Enough Time

    I work a 12 hour shift at night. When I get home all I do is sleep. In August I will attending nursing school Monday through Friday from 9am to  1pm. I don't know how I'm going to get through work and school  because I leave work at 7:30am. I going...
    CheryBella CheryBella 26-30, F Jul 22, 2007

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    I have 2 jobs i start my second job next week

    but she wants me to get papers done all in one week and work on days that i work at other job. My manger at first job just went on vacation she will be back next week and my new job they want me to come in and i HAVE too . Im so frustrated i cant do all paper work in one day and...
    Siomara Siomara 18-21 Jul 17

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    This Is Struggle

    Working full time and raising three kids while attending college.  Trying to get the kids in bed and do bills, laudry cleaning, cooking and studing for the kids.  Having an ex that lives out of state to take no pressure off you and just feeling pulled at every angle...
    WorkingMom WorkingMom 36-40, F 6 Responses Jul 11, 2007

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    I Hate My Job

    I work 6 days a week at a library. It sucks. I used to have hobbies like dancing and school plays which i loved so much, not anymore. I work now. Work also gets in the way with my guitar lessons. Also, I have no idea how I am going to do work plus drivers ed plus school! I might...
    killthejill killthejill 16-18, F Jul 14, 2007

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    I Have Been Living A Life That Leaves Me With No Time For Anything Else.

    for an year now, I have been keeping myself too busy. I work, come home, and then again work. then sleep or try to sleep thinking of only work. I have not been to any movie since the past year, its just me, some music, and the best part is I dont have any regrets for it. I love...
    bearpro bearpro 22-25, M 1 Response May 20, 2013

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    When Work Takes Over Your Life

    Every time I get really into my job I feel that my work starts taking over my personal life. My hours get longer and I find myself thinking about work problems all the time. I think its great that I can get so excited about work that my work is enjoyable rather than a chore, but...
    EPJulio EPJulio 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 8, 2007

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    What Happens When Work Is Your Passion?

    Hi all, I started Experience Project out of a passion for uniting people who could help each other. With all of your help, we've built the most amazing community that's ever existed online, hands down. Strangers become incredibly good friends, and no one walks away feeling...
    EPArmen EPArmen 26-30, M 12 Responses Jul 8, 2007

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    School Life & Dorm Life Struggle...

    lately it's just so sad... need someone to talk to about it... my best friend & mom can't really relate coz of several obvious factors. Calling her sometimes makes me feel more, empty and confused. True circle of friends is hard to find...
    unrealbball unrealbball 26-30, M Aug 31, 2007

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    I have a well paid management job ,

    but it's very stressful , I work 60 hours a week and never ever shut off from it . Is it all worth it , maybe a simple life with a lesser paid job ???
    slinky1234 slinky1234 36-40, M Mar 29

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    There's More to Life Than Just Work!

    Just yesterday I was in tears because of having to work. What brought it on was the fact that my husband was looking for a package of batteries, and none could be found anywhere in our house, though we know we have bought some. Immediately, my thoughts were, "I'm the woman...
    RaggedyAnn RaggedyAnn 26-30, F Jul 21, 2007

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    My Boss Is So Imposible To Impress

    i don't know how to handle life and work every things is messed up....i'm a new employee
    aklsiya aklsiya 22-25, F Nov 2, 2012

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    Me too I work two jobs I'm on probation

    and I have a lawsuit it's crazy
    lcgirl08 lcgirl08 26-30, F Jul 17

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    Somedays Are Harder Than Others

    Somedays my daughter cooperates and I can pick her up from daycare, take her home, get dinner ready, do bathtime, play time and bedtime and sit down and breathe by 9 p.m. But most days it's just impossible and I get mad that all my hard work has resulted in earning... more hard...
    winkitaway winkitaway 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 5, 2008

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    I Need to Find a Way

    I have two jobs. One, my fulltime job, is 2nd shift. The other one, my part-time job, is usually also 2nd shift, on the days that I'm off of my primary job. Sometimes I'll work there a few hours before my full-time job, and on some days I'll work there for a full...
    WanderingSoul82 WanderingSoul82 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 11, 2009

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    I'M Too Young And Broke To Retire

    It seems that I may not fit the intention of this grouping but I'd like to share my story anyway as it might give you a different perspective on your own. My life / work balance was never very good in that I was something of a workaholic ... I worked hard and planned great...
    BaldKiwi BaldKiwi 61-65, M 1 Response May 10, 2013

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    Home Kids Work Friend... the List Goes On!

    Sometimes it seems overwelming and the guilt can seem horrid. Being a full time wife and mother is a tough job. When you also have a full time job/career and friends and extended family perhaps even organizations all demanding a chunk of your time too it's easy for guilt to set...
    CatastrophicDreamer CatastrophicDreamer 36-40, F Oct 21, 2007

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    Help Or Not To Help

    my life always get in the way of work... especially my family life... i need to work to save money but i need to help my family too...
    joshreschke1992 joshreschke1992 18-21 Jan 26, 2012

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    It Conflicts With What I Want....

    I want to be around to see my husband so I can look after him the way he deserves. I want to have a lovely clean house and be able to cook proper meals with fresh vegetables. I want to be able to keep on top of the laundry and there not be an enormous pile of ironing when I have...
    RobertaSunset RobertaSunset 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 25, 2007

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    Running The Rosary

    I found a way to balance exercise and prayerRunning the Rosary www.skippyguinness.blogspot.com 
    skipguinness skipguinness 41-45 Apr 4, 2011

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    Full Time Chef

    As a wife, it has been the hardest thing to be a full time chef. For 20 years I have been working weekends and most nights, however my husband has worked a m-f 9-5 job. I miss out on everything. I am a catering chef so naturally I go to a lot of parties, but never to have fun. I...
    jennyandthebets jennyandthebets 46-50, F 3 Responses Sep 5, 2013

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    Tips to Balance Your Work Life: Shoot For Integration

    Some of us have the good fortune to do what we love, to walk that path of saying job, forget that I'm here to live my best life so I'm going to work at what I love most. So there...the boundaries become unclear between professional and personal. How do you take care of yourself...
    CosiCeleste CosiCeleste 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2007

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    Who Doesn't These Days? ...

    Who doesn't these days? It seems all i do anymore is work or sleep. I wish I could get more sleep actually. I don't have much of a social life if any. Infact other then church and my once a month work dinners I don't do much of anything as far as a social activity goes.
    pepsi21addict pepsi21addict 21-25, F Jul 13, 2007

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    spoonfullofjasmine spoonfullofjasmine 18-21, F Apr 6

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    Help!

    My life has never been very balanced--I've always put achievement before relationships. I always told myself it was a big sacrifice but I was doing it to be successful. More recently I've realized that I use achievement and a focus on work (at the expense of "life) to shield...
    D07C D07C 21-25, F 2 Responses Jul 19, 2007

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    My Work And Life

    I work three days a week and train three days a week! I try to spend as much time with my boyfriend and three kids, at most time it just feels like i'm really not spending as much time with them like I used to, cause its like I work six days a week and by the time I see my family...
    kawale kawale 26-30, F Oct 11, 2009

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    Everyday Occurrence

    I have a hard time maintaining a balance between work and social life. I have tried to find a healthy balance and then I find the things I enjoy do tend to be more about work than relaxing. Constantly my brain is maxed out on worrying about work and home problem from is this...
    Brian1mccalister Brian1mccalister 22-25, M Nov 29, 2012

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