How To Balance Work And School

By Olawande
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The majority of students who hold down a full-time job also find it difficult to maintain some sort of balance in their lives. While both require significant time and effort, we are certain that you can manage both your academics and your job with a lot of organization and dedication. As a partner, employee, friend, and classmate, amongst others, a student plays several roles all at once. One must strike a balance between the numerous roles they play in order to function at their best.  Students juggling work in addition to obligations from school and home may experience greater challenges in striking a balance. In these cases where tasks might clash frequently, it is even more important that you are adept at attending to different roles and setting priorities.

Here are suggestions to help you achieve the appropriate balance in your life:

1. Create a schedule 

This is the first and most important step in getting things right so that you can plan out your day, week, and month. This will ensure that you’re making the most of your time and that you’re able to focus on the tasks that are most important. Creating a schedule also helps you to identify potential areas of improvement, such as spending too much time on a certain task or not giving yourself enough time to complete a task.

Once you have a schedule in place, it’s important to stick to it. This means making sure that you’re not procrastinating, and that you’re taking regular breaks so that you don’t burn out. It’s also important to keep track of your progress and to reward yourself for completing tasks. This will help to motivate you to keep working and will help you to stay on top of your studies and work.

2. Set realistic goals for yourself

Another important aspect of time management is setting realistic goals. This will help you to focus on the tasks at hand, and will also help you to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Unrealistic expectations are an issue that is one of the main causes of stress and an imbalance between work and school. 

The daily struggle between what you "have to do" and what you "can do" affects both our personal and professional lives. Expecting more of yourself than you are capable of achieving can seriously undermine your sense of worth and self-worth, which can lead to extreme stress and even depression.

When we set a goal, we always invest ourselves or dedicate ourselves to achieving it. It encourages you to establish priorities and devote resources to these interests. The most important benefit is that it provides you with a goal or mission to strive for. 

Setting realistic goals helps you to plan out your day and week more effectively, and will definitely help you to be more productive. 

3. Streamline your tasks 

You can complete things more quickly by streamlining your tasks. Think about the following scenario: if you were running errands,  would you prefer to buy all five items you need at five different stores, or buy all five items at one store? I assume you'd choose one store. Both time, effort, and money spent would be saved. Then you should learn how to approach both your career and your schoolwork in this way.

Also, you can use the new skills and strategies that you acquire in school at work. Make better use of your time by integrating your work and school lives rather than keeping them separate and getting overwhelmed in the process. 

4. Make sure you do what you love

You should strive to choose a career that you genuinely enjoy, even though it's not always practical or financially viable to do so. Train yourself to find the positive aspects of whatever job you have, even when this is sometimes out of your control so that you can approach work with a positive attitude.

The same thing applies to studying something like n school that interests you. It is very advisable to study a course that you genuinely want to study, otherwise, it would quickly lead to frustration which would affect other areas of your life. Choosing a field that interests you will ensure that learning piques your curiosity rather than dulling your curiosity.

5. Communicate 

Many people overlook this step even though it seems obvious. Make sure to let your boss know that you are a student if you have a job. The majority of managers and business owners should be understanding of your situation and will work with you to develop a timetable that works best for your academic obligations as well. (Note that this works when you’re a part-time employee)

Also, they might even be open to giving you a break during exams or important projects. 

In the same vein, you should be able to manage your schedule to fit your job. This depends on the type of school you attend.

6. Take care of yourself

The last thing to remember is that when working and studying, it's important to look after oneself. Make sure that you're eating well, getting adequate rest, and taking regular breaks throughout the day. By doing so, you'll be able to maintain your motivation and energy levels.

Additionally, by creating a support system, you can rely on others for assistance when necessary and offer assistance to others when you have the time and energy to do so.

You should be able to properly manage your time while working and studying if you stick to the advice in this article. Wishing you all the best!

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