5 Steps towards Balancing Working and Studying
The financial situation in the country being what it is, more and more people are working while in college to support themselves and alleviate at least a part of the horrible debt they accumulate. However, some get so involved in the process of earning money they forget what they do it for in the first place. It is easy to neglect classes and assignments when you have six-hour shifts to look forward to. Well, I’m here to tell you that working in college is hard but not impossible, and here are several tips to prove it!
Make schedules and stick to them.
College students are almost universally recognized as slobs and messes, and it’s alright. They are still young and figuring the world and themselves out. However, if you want to work on a full-time basis, dedicate enough time to studying, participate in campus life, and still sleep 8 hours a day, you can’t afford to be sloppy. Wasting time is for people with fewer responsibilities. Carefully plan what you are going to do each week and if some extra time comes up, use it productively.
Don’t waste precious minutes.
There are so many things that suck up your time without you even noticing. For example, if you find a job that’s more than 10-15 minutes away from campus, you are going to spend that time commuting every day. Meals are cumbersome and require attention for long periods, and don’t even get me started on social media. I’m not saying not to use them at all, but try to cut back. That period of time you’ve spent scrolling through your Facebook feed could have been dedicated to something that would make your life better in the long run.
Even if you choose a particular hour to study, there’s no guarantee that you will use this time properly. There are so many things to distract you when you sit down to learn. Try to find safe, calm spaces that you feel comfortable in. Personally, I prefer libraries, but I know people who simply enjoy staying in their rooms with headphones on or go to cafes. Find what suits you best.
Make to-do lists.
I’m not a super genius or a computer. I forget things. This is why I use a planner or a to-do list. Nothing gets forgotten, mixed up or misremembered. All your responsibilities are listed in an easy, understandable, and unintimidating way. Additionally, this saves you from wasting time on frantically trying to remember whether you forgot something at the last moment.
Be honest with yourself.
All of us have different limits of the amount of stress we can handle. While some people strive, others fall apart. There’s no shame in acknowledging that you can’t do something. If you feel overwhelmed, admit that and prioritize accordingly. Remember that you need to take care of yourself.
Follow these tips and have a great time working in college!