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I am currently working as a software engineer.I am also studying for a Masters degree.This means that I don't get any free time.I work 10 to 7 and when I go home I have to study.I don't even get any free time on weekends because I still have a lot of work to do on my Thesis.Sometimes I feel so frustrated that I don't want to do anything.This is really affecting my productivity.Please give me some suggestions.

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Just wrote this answer which might help: productivity.stackexchange.com/a/8049/3574 If you find yourself with too much to do, you would actually have to cut out one of your commitments. Too many of us fall into the trap of biting off more than we can chew, so we'd have to spit something out. –  Muz Aug 29 '13 at 11:05
    
When I was on my thesis and working (though I worked 6-7 hours a day, rarely 8 or 9), every time I was exhausted I told myself that this all is temporary. Though it didn't always help and in the end I got several sleepless nights and took a short PTO. If you have 2-3 months left, I think this will work for you. But it won't work for long terms. –  superM Sep 2 '13 at 14:47
    
Is your employer paying for the degree in any way? –  John Sep 4 '13 at 20:53
    
No,I am paying for the degree myself –  iOsBoy Sep 5 '13 at 5:13

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I am experiencing the same situation. What made it worse is my master's supervisor is trying to make me quit from the job claiming my performance is not satisfying. However, I tried to come with creative solutions. First, I focused on the relationships on both sides. Good relationships, apart from they make things easier, help much to improve your performance and increase your enthusiasm. Make you wake up in the morning realizing that there is something good waiting for you. Second. Plan weekly, rather than daily or monthly, I agree here with The balance between rest and productivity. I use this technique for a couple of years and trust, it changes your life. Third, and most importantly, efficiency, do not spend an hour on task that you can finish in 30 minutes. finish in the 30 minutes with double effort and go mess around in the other 30 minutes. keep yourself refreshed.

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It's time to bring in two absolutes: sleep and take a break. Yes, you have so many things to do, and this needs to be finished, and that needs to be worked out before tomorrow, and and and and.

But it's all a matter of priorities and you're letting urgent win from important.

Set a time to stop working in the evening and stick to it (and don't go to bed immediately, take at least 30 minutes to do some light household chores, have a drink, maybe pack your bag for the next day. TV might not be a good idea, but you can try).

Set a time for breaks and stick to it. At least one per day. Take the break regardless of the papers/screens that are still open on your desk. Make sure you enjoy the breaks - if you like walking, take a walk; if you like workouts, do that. Setting a time may be an absolute clock time or a measurable moment like 'having finished X'.

And you need your occasional half/all day break too. Do it.

Ignore the pro/con arguments in your head. Do it.

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In addition to the other answers here, you could try and work with your employer's support, ie get them to allow you some time flexibility, or study time, or even a period of 4 day weeks (you'd probably have to accept a 4/5 salary as well) in order to gain back some time.

Many employers do offer study breaks (shorter than a sabbatical, but longer than a normal 2 week holiday)

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