1. Keep everyone informed (including yourself)
If you have a part-time job it’s inevitable that there will be times that your work and study schedules clash. In order to avoid this, you should let your boss and co-workers know all of your unavailabilities well in advance. That means class times, group study sessions and exams should all be flagged and added into the calendar as early as possible. If you give your employer as much notice as possible, you should be able to avoid your work having to take priority over your studies.
2. Create a schedule and follow it
A schedule is a great way to figure out your priorities and the amount of time you need to get everything done. The more detailed your calendar is, the more likely you are to stick to it. Make sure to fill in everything including class times, work times, study time, due dates, appointments and other obligations. This way, you’ll know exactly when your free time is, so you can schedule in leisure and social time accordingly.
3. Don’t leave things to the last minute
You can’t expect to perform your best at work or at school when you stay up all night studying for an exam, or finishing an assignment last minute. Break down your project or assignment into small steps or goals and tick them off as your achieve them. This way, your assessment or work will be of a better quality, you’ll reduce your stress levels, and you’ll continue to perform well in your job and studies.
4. Stay healthy
Eating nutritious food, exercising, and getting enough sleep or taking a short nap during lunch breaks can boost your brain and body’s performance. It will improve your memory and productivity, increase your focus and decision-making skills, and help you process information faster.
5. Reward yourself
When you’ve successfully completed a task, reward yourself. Have a nice dinner, go on a fun day trip on the weekend, take a long hot bath, or go on a shopping spree. Choose rewards that you know you’ll look forward to. Rewarding yourself will encourage you to continue working hard and strengthen good habits.
6. Set boundaries
If people ask you to do something that will get in the way of you completing a task for work or an assessment for school and it’s not very important, say no. It’s one of the simplest ways you can maintain balance in your work and study life. You can’t do everything, and therefore you should set boundaries for what’s realistic.
7. Focus on your goal and the reward
Always keep in mind why you chose to work while studying or to study while working, and stay focused on that goal. You can do this by creating a vision board of your ideal life, writing it down, letting your family and friends know about your goal, and asking them to remind you of it when you need it most.