3 Steps to Balance School & WorkAJ
Managing a school schedule is hard enough. After a long day of classes, homework, papers and extra curricular activities, all you want to do is chill and binge a little Netflix. I get it. Unfortunately, binge watching Stranger Things won’t pay the bills. So you’ve got to figure out how to balance working a job on top of the crazy schedule you already have.
Don’t worry though, I’ve got a few tips to help you handle the challenge. As a student, I pushed it to the limit. I took a full course loads, worked 5 days a week and loaded on the internships. And after a few semesters of missed classes, running late to shifts and pulling an insane number of all nighters, Now I’m here to help you.
1. Get your priorities in check
You’re not going to successfully juggle work and your other responsibilities unless you exercise some discipline and make a schedule. Before you take on a new job, write down all of your priorities and the amount of time they take each week. Estimate on the high end and include a little buffer time for hanging with friends and Netflixing. Then, crunch the numbers and see how much time you can dedicate to work.
Once you figure out what kind of schedule you’re working with, use an agenda or calendar to keep track of everything, I’m personally a big fan of Google Calendar, and odds are you were given a college Gmail that has done half the work for you of creating an account, its clean,simple and works across every mobile and computer platform. Trust me, this will make your life so much easier.
2. Make your work schedule work for you
Seriously, don’t over do it. As someone who’s gone overboard working until exhaustion, I’m telling you to take it easy and remeber to keep it part-time, the prospect of making more money at the expense of the career you love is not worth it. School comes first and there are plenty of part-time jobs that can accommodate a busy student schedule like yours. The easiest way to find a part time job in a college town is to go out and look at a place where you would eat and chances are they are looking for seasonal help and retail jobs are great places to look because they offer a variety of shifts to choose from. The most important thing to remember is don’t stress yourself out by taking on too many shifts.
Overworking could lead to burnout. Trust me, I’ve been there and it ain’t pretty. It’s okay to work fewer shifts until you’re comfortable with the balancing game. Once you’ve got it down, you can always pick up extra hours.
3. Keep your eye on the prize
I’m not going to sugar coat it–balancing school and working to pay the bills can be hard. Every morning you reach for the snooze button, remember that you can’t afford to push it. Why? Because… money.
While your friends are hunting for quarters in the couch cushions, begging for allowance advances and donating plasma to make an extra buck, you’ll be earning money that can be used for vacation, rent, tuition and non-onsite campus food (yum). Not to mention, you’re also absorbing skills and experience that’ll come in handy down the road.
Playing the balance game with school and work is always tricky and requires patience and accountability. But, it all gets easier once that money hits your bank account.
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