Hope you have all been well.
Today’s post is for those of you that are working and studying at the same time. It can be difficult and pressurizing, but where there’s a will, there’s always a way. Here are a few tips for those of you that can relate…
- Keep A Diary: With a busy schedule, forgetting things can be as easy as blinking. Make a note of your free time and plan ahead. This will allow you to remain organised, manage your time effectively and prioritise tasks. Having a to-do list per day can really help you out.
- Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and even colleagues at work when you need. That doesn’t mean you shamelessly pile your work on them, it simply means that you recognise that you already have a lot on your plate, therefore could do with some guidance/assistance.
- Sacrifices of your free time: Whether it’s going out with your friends that you do a lot, partying or just engaging in a hobby. You need to realise at this point you cannot do everything and it’s a time where your priorities need to be fixed. Some temporary sacrifices go a long way. Having said that, this does not mean you shouldn’t take breaks and treat yourself, it simply means you maintain a balance.
- Talk to your manager: A manager’s role is to assign tasks and also understand how the employees are. Therefore, it may be a good idea to speak to your manager about your current situation. This way they will be made aware of any any events that may pop up and will understand that you are trying to balance your academic and work life.
- Reduce your hours where necessary: Money is usually a problem for students, hence so many opt for a part time role. It’s also great experience that makes your CV look fab! However, doing long hours when your deadlines are tight and exams are near might not be such a great idea. It’s okay to admit you can’t manage both and certainly okay to reduce your hours so you can focus on your studies.
- Supportive Housemates: If you live with family, friends or flatmates, some of you may have responsibilities around the house. That’s brilliant, a grown person contributing to the house, taking responsibility and being considerate by doing their own chores. But imagine, being someone that has a 9am seminar, and work 1pm till 6pm, you wouldn’t really appreciate being asked to cook for everyone when you really need to do an assignment right? If this is you, perhaps speak to the people you live with.
So these are our thoughts for this post – please feel free to share yours!
As always we genuinely hope that some of these tips help you. It is very important to be able to lead a balanced life which ultimately comes from self-awareness. Look at yourself, analyse your abilities and make your decisions accordingly.
We wish you all the best!