Many of us are often compelled to start earning while we are still studying due to several unexpected reasons, and many times we willingly decide to work along with our studies to either fund our own studies or gain experience simultaneously. Whatever the situation, it does take time to adjust if it is a new situation for us. However, even if it is challenging, in the long run, it always proves to be beneficial.
In this blog, we will share 10 tips to help you manage your time and resources efficiently as you decide to work full-time and also continue to attend college to complete your studies.
1. Plan a schedule
When you decide to work and study together, you will have to plan your day very strictly and stick to your plan. So, start by planning out your weekly schedule in advance. This schedule must include your work hours, classes, study time, and even your relaxing time and other commitments. Use a planner or calendar to monitor yourself and keep track of important deadlines and appointments. In such a tight schedule, even your waking up, going to bed and eating, and traveling time too should be calculated minutely, because failing to achieve one task on time will lead to spoiling your entire day’s schedule.
2. Give priority to important tasks
Seeing every task as important is good, but unless you know which one should be done first to ease the process you will end up messing up every day. So, while making your schedule, make sure you have listed down the tasks as per priority level. You should also fix the time and duration for every task in the schedule. Most important tasks should be given first priority and ensured accomplished first. Consider using the Pareto Principle, which states that 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts.
3. Take advantage of online classes
These days most colleges offer online classes that allow you to complete coursework on your own time and schedule and from the comfort of your home or place of your choice. Online classes are emerging as a great option for students with a busy work schedule or those whole need flexibility in their classes or course schedule. You too can take advantage of online classes and make the maximum out of them. Check with your colleges and find out the details for the same or take admission to a college that offers online class facilities.
4. Manage your time smartly
When you are doing multiple tasks at the same time, you will need to do optimal time management. Studying and working for an earning together is not an easy task. You will have to plan your days, weeks, and months smartly to avoid any complications or stress. You can use planners and time-management strategies like the Pomodoro Technique to manage your time optimally.
The Pomodoro technique involves working in focused blocks of time with regular small breaks in between and one large break after multiple sessions with small breaks. You can use these breaks to do other tasks that will not require you to take a lot of stress. So, in a way when you focus on other stress-free tasks away from your studies, it helps you avoid burnout and stay focused and productive.
5. Take care of your health
Your health is your most important asset. So do not neglect it. Give proper time to your fitness regime and also eat and drink adequately. Whether you are working or attending college, both your physical and mental health is equally important to keep you healthy in and out. Eat well, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep to maintain your energy and focus for a healthy, fit, and stress-free life.
6. Maintain healthy communication with your employer
Your employer should know about your college schedule and how it might impact your office work schedule. Tell the employer openly and honestly about your needs, circumstances, compulsions, and commitments. Work together to find a mutually beneficial arrangement. Your employer can be of great support if he/she comes to know your essential needs.
7. Make maximum use of resources in your college
You may find resources like tutors, a library, academic advisors, and study groups to help students academically in your college. Do not hesitate to use them. All of it is for students so that they succeed in their studies. So, without any hesitation make maximum use of the resource available in your college. These resources can be of great advantage to help you succeed in your classes. Moreover, the more you use the resources, the more you will feel connected to your college’s campus, even if you choose to take online classes to complete your course. And your academic journey will be most meaningful.
8. Do Not Hesitate to Ask for Help
This is very important as many times hesitation and shyness in asking questions do more harm. You will not learn if you have doubts. There is nothing wrong with asking questions. It helps clear your doubts whenever you have any. So do not shy away or be afraid to ask for help from your professors, academic advisors, classmates, or support services when needed. They are there to help you succeed and will be happy to guide and provide you with support when you need it.
9. Maintain your schedule and stay organized
Use tools such as a planner, a to-do list, or a file system to keep track of your assignments, readings, and other course materials. This can help you stay on top of your workload and avoid missing important deadlines.
10. Be calm, stress-free, and positive
Remember that working full-time and attending college is a challenging but rewarding experience. Stay focused on your goals and celebrate your successes along the way. You can do it!
Balancing work, study, and life is a challenging task. However, many times, either out of compulsion or out of excitement to start earning early, we choose to work while studying. Though it is quite a daunting task, we find many people following it and succeeding too in their life goals. From the above points, it is clear that you need to follow your schedule and routine strictly, to maintain a healthy balance between your work and study. If you are successful in following the above points, nobody can stop you from achieving your career goals.