Last Christmas day, my husband sat across the room and said he felt like this Christmas didn’t really feel like Christmas. He hadn’t really seen any of the gifts that I had been scrambling around the past month to buy for the kids. And myself and our teen daughter did most of the wrapping. There was no holiday party and he was working when we did the holiday decorating and baking.
With the holiday season in full swing, it is important to remember to keep a healthy balance. While promoting is certainly on the forefront of your mind, so too is your family. It’s OK to take a break and be there for them. Allow yourself the opportunity to close the books and not to be distracted. Be attentive and responsive to your loved ones. Having a healthy balance means putting things in the right perspective.
It’s important to remember that the promotional process is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself! Slowing down to regroup and re-energize is an important part of your study plan. It’s impractical and unhealthy to keep up a frantic pace. Studies have shown that pushing away from the studying and disengaging for a period of time is healthy and results in better test scores in the long run. How long you take a break is up to you. A break may be an hour, a day, or even a full weekend. It’s completely up to you.
A recommendation is to keep a post it note handy. Before you take your break, use the post it to mark your place. You may even want to jot a few notes on the post it to remind yourself to review a certain section when you return. This will help you hit the ground running when you get back in the game. The benefit of taking a break is that when you return, you will feel energized and ready to pick up where you left off.
The promotional process takes a toll on more than just you. It is difficult on your family too. Your significant other and your children are impacted in ways that you may not even realize. It is likely that you are not around as much (because you are studying). When you are around, you are likely thinking about fire flows, building construction, or how you are going to get a 360 of a large building. They see that things are different with you. Even when you are part of the family, it is likely that you are not completely there.
I want you to know that it’s OK to take time off and focus on your family during the holiday season. The fire service is a great career. Your family is forever!
Best of luck and enjoy the holiday season
Thank you Chief!! Whenever I meet someone like you in my venturing around fire service events, it brings me such hope. Firefighters need to have men in their life helping them get it ALL right. The fire service, family and otherwise. Aspiring Fire Officers has created dozens of videos, mock tests, simulations, interviews – they are all at your fingertips to help take out the “what if’s” for exam day. And, they are big proponents of studying smart and testing well to minimize the impact on your family life.
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