Most of the time when I tell someone about the life I lead and the number of hours I work per week the reaction is the same: They ask me if I’m insane and how the hell I’m able to do all of this at the same time.
The answer is actually pretty easy: Self-discipline, consistency and the right priorities. This sounds like something you can read in life advisors but it’s true. Of course, it’s not always possible to do everything at once, to work out on a long day of school, work and homework after that. Sometimes there are exams coming up or other things at school that I need to prepare for and then I have to change my work-life and training schedule according to it.
As a full-time student, I don’t have a lot of control about what happens in school for example which exams or tests I have to take. I just have to do them so I plan the rest of my life around it.
Every time I’m making plans for the next week I ask myself: “Do I have an exam? A presentation? Do I need to study and if yes, how long?” Most of the time after answering these questions I already have a pretty decent idea of what this week is going to look like with working at the café and squeezing in my tutoring lessons in between. When I’m done arranging all of my work appointments I go on with planning my workouts: Runs during the daytime and going to the gym in the evening because most days that’s the only possible option for me.
A typical day for me looks like this:
School from 8 am to 1-3 pm, work directly afterwards until 5 pm and then hitting the gym at 7 or 8 pm. When I come home after that I’m pretty tired but I’ll make dinner and do some homework or studying before going to bed. I try to go to bed early but who am I kidding, I’m never able to sleep before 10 pm and most days I end up staying awake until 12 pm which really kills my sleeping rhythm. But well, you can’t have everything, can you?
If not sleeping enough is the prize I must pay for leading this lifestyle with feeling good about myself, saving money for moving to my favorite city and buying Gymshark clothing (I’ve got a serious addiction, someone help me) then that’s okay for me.
This post is not supposed to paint an only positive picture of the life I’m leading. I’m not going to lie, it is stressful. But it can be done if you want to. You can’t let yourself be dragged down by the fact that you missed a workout or a day at the gym, you are trying, you are getting your butt off the couch and moving, being active and by doing that you are beating everyone else who just stays at home. One day does not determine your success when it comes to your long term goal.
Set goals that are realistic, you don’t have to go to the gym six times a week if you simply do not have time for that – just go four times and you will be fine as well. Do not compare yourself to others, people on Instagram whos only job it is to go to the gym, look good and take some pictures of it – of course they don’t have the “I don’t have time” problem. You can do it if you believe you can.