Juggling Work and Study
Studying in your spare time is a great way to increase your knowledge base so that you can get yourself in a good position for a promotion at work, or give yourself an entirely new skill set to start a new career.
It’s certainly tough to juggle studying alongside working and your social life, though. The following techniques will help you to plan your time, combat the feelings of being overwhelmed, and ensure that you keep working at a pace that is sustainable for you and won’t see you reaching the point of burnout!
This is possibly the most important item in your toolkit. As soon as you receive important dates for your schoolwork, put them in the calendar, and treat them with the same importance that you would a work deadline.
Use these dates when you are planning other events in your life too. For example, if you know that you have an important lecture on a Tuesday morning, be sure not to plan any social activities that will have you out late the night before. If you have an assignment due dates or exams scheduled, then be sure to keep the weeks leading up to them as clear as possible so that you can focus on your work without risk of distraction.
If you’re in a relationship where a partner might plan social events for you both, then be sure that they have access to your calendar and know when not to plan things for you.
Suffolk University has written a guide on how to make the most out of their online MBA course, which has some great advice on planning and making the most of your studies, no matter what subject you are taking. If you’d like to read it, click here.
If you want to get the most out of your course then it’s really important that you set up a dedicated study space for you to work in. By doing this you will help yourself to get into the right mindset to retain information, and you’re also signaling to anyone else that you live with that you are working when you are in that space and they will know to leave you to it.
Some things to consider when setting up a study space are:
Journaling is a wonderful way to keep yourself focused.
At a minimum, you can write a journal entry in the morning to set your goals for the day, so that you know you’re on the right track and can feel a sense of achievement when you achieve them. It can also be really beneficial to use a journal last thing at night when your mind is racing, as a way to ‘dump’ everything that you’re thinking, capture it for the next day, and allow your mind to switch off so you can rest.
If you enjoy journaling, it’s also possible to use journaling techniques to reach a flow state where you can be more productive.
Equally as important as your work, is your self-care. When you are planning your routine, be sure to include time to batch cook meals for the week so you can grab something healthy when you’re busy working, make time each day to go outside and do a little exercise and be sure to make time to socialize with your friends and spend time with your family.
Finally, make sleep a priority. If you stay up late studying you’ll only pay for it later because you’ll be tired and irritable. You can’t do good work if you aren’t looking after yourself!
Be sure that you take at least one day off each week to do something fun! Nobody can work all the time, and you deserve to enjoy your life even if you are busy.
Make a point of reaching out to your fellow students and start discussions about how your studies are going. Having a support network of people who are in the same boat as you is absolutely vital.
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