If you are like millions of other students around the world, you probably have stress about working and going to school and the time management skills that are required to do both successfully without compromising your work or school performance. If that is a dilemma that you are facing, then you are not alone. These days, it is very necessary to work while you are going to school for many people to help offset the cost of going to school. However, it doesn’t always have to be as stressful as possible. There are things that you can do and strategies that you can use to help relieve some stress and gain more balance in your life.
One of the best ways to ensure that this doesn’t become an issue in the first place is to be communicative with your employer. When you get a job, you should be upfront that you may need some more flexibility when it comes to scheduling due to your hectic school schedule. Most places will be okay with this, as long as you let them know ahead of time so that they can prepare a schedule that works with everyone.
If you work at a job that is higher than entry level, you might even be able to convince them to pay for a part of your schooling as an investment in your professional skills and experience. Having your employer on board with this arrangement is a huge part of being able to meet both obligations and set realistic expectations.
From the school side of things, there are a couple of different tactics that you can do to enusre success. The first is to use the available resources to you. That means using your professors and peers as study resources and also using any materials or tutoring that is provided to you. You should use these to experience academic success, which will lead to a less stressful experience overall and mean that you won’t have as much pressure when taking exams and doing assignments.
Finally, you should set aside designated study times so that you can manage the balance between life, work, and school. Block out predetermined portions of your day and devote them to studying so that the schooling doesn’t seep into other areas of your life and cause imbalance and stress. If you are able to use all of these strategies effectively, you should become the beneficiary of a completely balanced work and school life.