The idea of working and studying at the same time can appear overwhelming. However, with time management and focus it is not only possible but also very rewarding. If you are able find a job that connects your studies to real world experience you will strengthen your CV and solidify what you are learning in class.
The following tips will ensure that neither your studies nor work suffer while you lead a balanced life.
1. Stay organised
Every Sunday plan out your week. Schedule specific times to study around work and classes. This is especially helpful if you know any project / assignment / exam dates ahead of time. Regularly check your schedule to ensure you are still prioritizing your studies while still performing at working. This is will allow you to avoid procrastinating and cramming last minute.
2. Keep busy
There is a thin line between too busy and busy enough to be productive. It actually becomes easier to procrastinate if you have too much time on your hands. Your mind can trick you into thinking that you have all the time in the world! With that being said, it is important to find the right level of activity for you. If you know you only have two hours to study on Thursday, you can focus during this time and reward yourself on Friday evening.
3. Take time off
Scheduling time in your week to breathe is essential to being productive. Avoiding sleep and overworking yourself will result in less work being accomplished. Plus, if you plan time to relax, you will have something to look forward to and motivate you while you work and study during the week. Don't fall for the trap that you are too busy for some R and R.
4. Use your time wisely
Can you finish your reading on the bus ride to work? Or catch up on your emails during a class break? Pay attention to the pockets of time in your day that could be used to check things off your to do list. However, be careful of poor multi-tasking. Utilizing these pockets is great as long as they don't interfere with the activity you are supposed to be focused on around the break.
5. Evaluate the situation
Frequently assess how you are doing. Are your work hours interfering with your studying? Can you not focus at work because your brain is preoccupied with the economics test next week? Know that at different times of the year you will be able to handle different responsibilities. During final exams you might want to decrease the number of hours you are putting in at work. On the other hand, if you are comfortable with the balance between work and school, could you increase your hours? Paying attention to your stress levels and happiness will reveal the status of your balanced life.