Not sure you can juggle work and study effectively? There is a way…
Whether you’re at school, college, attending an English course or at university, working alongside studying is a great way to gain practical work experience, not to mention boost your income. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy – especially if your course has a demanding workload.
To make sure you’re not compromising the quality of your studies or taking on too much, here’s our essential guide to fitting work around studying:
- Set realistic goals – Setting goals is a great way to stay driven and focused. Setting goals that are doable, will double up your motivation as well. So if you’re struggling to find hope with all the workload you have, consider putting together a personal development plan to keep your head in the game (and on the right track). And don’t just think about the goals – plan the steps you’ll take to get there too. By listing bite-size actions and tasks that’ll point you in the right direction, you’ll be able to ensure you’re moving towards your goal without being overwhelmed by the big picture. Keep this point in mind because, it will actually feel like you’re doing less because you are not overloading your brain with information. Putting together a plan, by writing and planning a strict schedule is recommended.
- Don’t overcommit – Prioritising tasks is a key part of maintaining a good study/work life balance. Not only will it ensure your goals are met, it’ll also mean you’re able to understand what you’re capable of without having to give up first. For example, if your course takes up around 20 hours a week, taking on a job that’s contracted at a minimum of 40 hours a week is probably an unrealistic plan. After all, many jobs will allow you to work part-time, flexibly, or only during holidays from university or college – meaning work doesn’t have to interfere with your studies. Alternately, if you’re studying a part-time course and your job is an essential part of your income, occasionally prioritising work over study and picking doable modules and projects will ensure you have the energy to take on both things.
- Take time off – Finally, give yourself a break. Attempting to take on too much without any recovery time will always end badly – and it’ll only be your job, course, or most importantly, your sanity that suffers in the long run. So, organise your time wisely and allow yourself at least one day off a week. This break will also enhance your productivity, and will give you much-needed downtime outside of your busy schedule.
Remember: you’re not a computer. And even if you were, there’s nothing wrong with taking a little time to ‘re-charge.’
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