Can Work-Study Balance Truly Exist?
Published on: 2016-12-12 12:57:29
How do you find balance in the chaos? Can work-study balance truly exist? In a world where we’re connected 24/7 to work and College, balance can seem impossible.
When you’re trying to manage priorities at work and college assignments due weekly, all while having responsibilities to you family and friends, it can seem like there isn’t enough time to do it all.
Finding the true balance between you work and study hours along with other responsibilities in your life is hardly possible. However, it can be a lot easier for you to manage by following the steps below:
- Choose to study something that interests you
It may sound basic, but if you’re going to stay motivated over the course of a degree, it’s much easier if you’re studying something you either are very interested in and/or will be a benefit for your career. If you like what you’re learning, you’re much more likely to make time to study.
- Plan a schedule
Regardless of whether or not you procrastinate, Staying on top of everything can be tricky though you’ll have been advised time and time again not to leave assignments till the last minute.
It can be hard to give enough time for each task when you have multiple duties due at the same time. So the best idea would be to sit down and plan out the semester ahead and make note of when everything is due, along with the other commitments such as work or events. Consider the time you think you need to delegate to each task or duty and decide what can be started early and which tasks can or need to be left to a later date. Also let others in your family or friends know when you will be busy with the study so they can give you your space and not spring last-minute plans on you.
- Set goals
After you've planned your schedule, consider what you want to achieve during both your study and working hours.
First consider what you want to achieve, and then commit to it. Set SMART (specific, measureable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) goals that drives you. Also, consider writing them down to make them feel tangible. Then plan the steps that are mandatory in order to achieve those goals, write them down and cross off each one as you work through them.
- Make friends
Classes and lectures are a lot more fun if you know there will be some familiar faces to interact to. So, introduce yourself to the person next to you and strike up a conversation. Knowing that your classmates are battling the same assessments and deadlines can really offer you some motivation and support. You can organise a group study session and plan a dinner or night out after big assessments are due.
- Know your limits
You might not be willing to compromise on your usual commitments once classes start, instead cramming study and classes into your already busy schedule. However, it’s really important for you to realize when you have too much on your plate. If you’re having a hard time to stay in top of your studies, you may need to think about compromising on your work commitments or avoid the occasional social outing. Also, it’s important to identify when you need a break. If you find you’ve hit a wall with your essay or keep reading the same paragraph over and over again, allow yourself some time to clear your head and take a day or afternoon off, go for a walk or grab something to eat. It will definitely help you stay energized and productive.
- Look after yourself
Make sure you have time to look after yourself. Get enough sleep each night and try to find time for exercise throughout the week. It can be really tempting for you to say no to those delicious yet unhealthy snacks and order takeout, but maintaining a healthy diet should be your priority. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help you lessen stress and keep you strong and motivated as the semester progresses.
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