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Guest Post: Juggling Student Life with Motherhood

Hello,
I am Keighley from makeupandmummydays.com. I am a motherhood blogger who also writes about makeup, fashion and lifestyle. I will leave my social media links below, should you want to find me.
If you have not read my blog before you will not know that I am a mummy to a beautiful eight-month-old boy. I am also a student who is currently studying at the Open University and I will be returning to work after maternity leave very soon. A question I constantly get asked is “How do you juggle family life with being a student?” so I thought that it might be helpful to current parent students or parents who are thinking about returning to education to provide you with some tips. I am not saying it is going to be easy and there are definitely going to be moments of frustration, exhaustion and feeling overwhelmed, but you can do it! Here are some of my tips to make it that little bit easier:
 
Get Organised.
I am serious, invest in a diary. You do not have to pay an arm and a leg for one – just buy any bog standard diary and get all your deadlines down.
Something I find that helps me stay so organised is lists. I love a good list especially because I have the brain of a goldfish. I will write two to do lists every night for the day after. I split the lists into two headings: “I Must Achieve” and “I Want To Achieve”. This helps you to focus on the more important tasks and refrains from distraction (and possible procrastination).
Invest in a Family Calendar
Following on from the last one, invest in a family calendar that can live somewhere that everyone will regularly see. Then, JUST PUT EVERYTHING ON THERE. Deadlines, mummy-duties, work rotas for you and your partner, family events; just put everything on here so everyone (especially you) knows what’s coming up and where you need to be. Nobody wants to be remembering an essay deadline or an easter bonnet parade the night before!
 
Make a Study Timetable.
If you have older children who you know have a set routine, make yourself a study timetable so you know exactly what you should be getting done every day.
If you have younger children – this can be a little bit more difficult. When I started my course my son was 6 weeks old. It is safe to say at this point there is no real routine and you never know when they are going to be awake or asleep. So, I set myself an amount of time to study each day and I stuck to that every single day at any chance I could get – which brings me to my next point…
Study Every Chance You Get.
Baby is napping? Study. Parents have the baby for an hour? Study. Partner nipped to the shop with the baby? Bloody Study! Hit your goals every day because you will thank yourself. Ignore that pile of washing for the time being and get your head down!
 
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help.
There is no shame in asking for help. None what so ever! If you feel like you are falling a bit behind or you have that extra bit of inspiration and want to knock some good work out, ask someone to have the baby for an hour, ask your partner to take them for a walk or even have someone come over and keep them pre-occupied whilst you get your head down!
Using your time efficiently.
This does not go for just study. When studying try to make your notes as efficient and relevant as possible. Try to always make notes for plans for essays and assignments as you are reading the material. For home life, make a good cleaning routine that you can stick to and that is realistic. Carry out this routine to keep on top of housework and maybe even consider if you have older children assigning chores in exchange for a little bit of extra pocket money!
Make Time For You!
This one is mainly for your sanity. Take a bath, meet a friend, make a nail appointment. Do something that is just for you – something unmummy related and unstudent related. You cannot do it all! We all need a break sometimes.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful. My links are as follows:
Twitter: @makeupandmummy
Instagram: @makeupandmummydaysblog
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