If you are both in higher education and in some kind of work, then you might often find that it can be quite stressful keeping on top of everything. It goes without saying that you don’t want either your school nor your work life to be damaged by the busy schedule, but that can be easier said than done. Like many others, you might be stressing out about how to actually make it work as a lifestyle. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to improve the situation and ensure that you stay on top of it as best as you can. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the best ways to do just that, so you can get the most out of both your school life and your work life.
Schedule Your Time
If you are routinely feeling as though you don’t have time for anything, you might need to take a step back and look at how you are actually using that time. It might well be possible that you are not properly scheduling your hours in the day. In this case, it’s all too likely that neither school nor work are getting the time they need. If you think you might need to schedule your days a little better, there is plenty you can do on this front. Let’s take a closer look at this now.
Bear in mind that some parts of your day are inflexible. These include working hours and class hours. Fit those into your schedule first, as they cannot be changed. Then you need to make the rest of your schedule as flexible as you can, while incorporating those other spects as well. This means that you can easily change them around if you need to – this will be useful as studying can change throughout the year, depending on what point of the semester you are in. You need to be ready to adapt to new assignments and so on, so this is vital to work out beforehand. As long as you have a good, flexible schedule, you will find it a lot easier to stay on top of your work and your schoolwork, and neither will suffer as much that way.
Learn To Prioritize
There might be times when you need to accept that you cannot do everything at once. You often just don’t have the time to do this, and it means that you need to learn how to prioritize as best as you can. Fortunately, this is an easy skill to learn, even if it is not always simple to put into practice. Learning to prioritize means having a strong understanding of what is important and what can probably be left alone for now. This will take time to develop this skill, but nonetheless it is a vital one which you should work on harboring if you are serious about juggling work and school to your best efforts. You can then work on beating procrastination, which is often caused by a lack of prioritization, by breaking down the important jobs in manageable chunks, before moving onto the less important ones after that. Do this, and you will find it makes a huge difference to your studies and your work.
The Value Of Time Off
If you read through this guide: Tips for Going to School While Working as a Full-Time RN, you will see that one of the major suggestions is to find a way to value your time off. The truth is that time off is not just nice to do – it is actually important. This is because, by giving yourself a break every now and then, you come back to the schoolwork – or the work – refreshed, and often with a better understanding of what you need to do, or a firmer comprehension of the material you have been studying. With enough time off, you will also be able to deal with the many stresses of studying and working, as it will give you a chance to relax properly and fully. If you don’t feel that you are getting enough time off, you should find a way to work it into your schedule. Don’t be angry at yourself for needing it – it is a perfectly valid human need, and one which will actually help you in the long run much more than not having it at all.
Picking Your Employer
It’s likely that you might want to change jobs at some point. You might find that it is no longer serving you very well, or that it has become especially difficult to keep up to date with your schoolwork. In that case, you should allow yourself the freedom to take a different job, as ultimately it is entirely up to you who you work for and why you do it. Go for something that is related to your schoolwork, if you can. If not, then just go for something that is the least hours possible in order to continue comfortably living your life. This way, you can devote as much energy as you need to on your studies, and you won’t constantly be tired or stressed out from work. Picking an employer which is likely to be sympathetic to your studying needs is also important. They will be more likely to be flexible with your hours and holiday, and that alone can really help to keep your studies in check in the long run.
The act of juggling work and school can be a notoriously difficult one. However, it is a noble thing to be attempting, and you should be proud for doing it. As long as you learn to prioritize, take time off when necessary, and enjoy the process on the whole, you should find that you get from the experience everything you need to get from it. You will also learn a number of skills which can carry over into your life after this period of time is done with.