How to balance work, study and personal life

To balance work and study at the same time can be a very difficult thing to do. Even though studying while working is commonplace, it is also something that can put stress on a person if not done right.

Whatever the reason you need to study and work, you’re likely to need a good plan to get you through. Although the thought of balancing work and study may seem overwhelming, it can be achievable with some planning and self-discipline.

There are three main parts of a student’s life which consumes most of their time; study, work, and personal life. Study and work both can take up an ample amount of time and very less time may remain for personal stuff. This is one of the major issues a student face. So the question is: How to balance study, work, and personal life?

Be organised and have a plan: For you to balance work and study, you need to be organised both at work and in class. You can do this by keeping your school materials organised in one place. This makes it easy for you to find them. On top of that, clearly marking all school and work deadlines on your calendar. This gives you a chance to do what is necessary to meet the deadlines. Start all assignments early to enable you to complete them just in case other things come up. Creating time to study in your schedule is important so ensure you allocate time each week to spend hitting the books.

Stick To A Schedule: It is important to understand and accept the fact that some parts of your schedule will not be flexible especially class times and work days. You should however take advantage of things like leave, job sharing or flexible hours to study to do your homework. Build a flexible routine you can stick with. As a student who is working at the same time, you should be ready to adapt to new assignments, sudden work crisis and unexpected errands. However, the most important thing to do here is to make enough studying time in your schedule.

Avoid Multitasking: Though some may find it better to multi-task. However, the problem with multi-tasking is that it consumes more of your energy than usual and, in many cases, it’s proven that it actually ends up taking more time to finish those individual tasks. The best way to complete a task is to finish it and then move to another one. Taking breaks is of course ok, as you don’t want to drain out all your energies; however, try not to do everything at the same time.

Avoid Distractions: Today, most of us get distracted time to time by using Facebook, Twitter, or checking our mobile phones all the time. These things can distract you from the work you may be doing, and can take lot more time than usual to finish tasks. At the end of the day, when you are not done with particular tasks, this may leave you stressed. So, focus is very important to complete one task and move to another.

Prioritise and be realistic: This is the first step to understanding what you can realistically handle. Always be honest with yourself. It is essential to understand that with so much on your plate, you do not have all the time to do everything. Therefore, decide on your priorities and accept that some things will have to change. Making time to socialise and exercise is important, but you may have to miss a few sessions here and there to complete an assignment that is due, or catch up on work. At the end of the day, once the course is over, you’ll get some time back to get your social life and exercise schedule on track.

Stay healthy: Stress is an unavoidable part of being a student and a worker at the same time. Therefore, the best thing to do is not to avoid stress but to learn how to manage it. Get adequate sleep, take regular breaks, be active in class and at work, eat well, work out, stretch and even take a walk. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help you manage stress. Remember to live your life to the fullest. Allow yourself to enjoy some of the best things life has to offer; otherwise you may forget what you’re studying for.

Have fun along the way!: It’s crucial to make time for yourself if you want to balance study with a part-time job. Don’t forget to have fun by spending time with family and friends or just taking a moment to do some yoga or relax. Finding joy today in your day at university or work can help you go through a hard day tomorrow.

Celebrate all your achievements, even the little ones. Once you’ve finished a tough assignment, be sure to find some way to treat yourself.

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