10 Ways to Balance Work and School

Maybe you’re not trying to achieve that elusive work-life balance. But you might need to learn how to achieve work-school balance — a lot of people have to work while they’re in school. Here’s how to do it effectively.

1. Don’t do it all. 

For someone who’s going to school and working, this is the hardest piece of advice to follow. But remember your limits. There are only 24 hours in a day, so try to manage your workload accordingly.

2. Plan ahead. 

Like we said above, juggling work and school will force you to become way better at planning. Write things down in a notebook and start using multiple Google Calendars if need be – one for work and one for school – so you can stay on top of everything.

3. Find your best option.

This applies if you’re in school and looking for a job or are working and looking to go to school. Figure out what programs will work best with your current schedule. Are you able to modify your hours? If not, can you take classes that work around your job?  

4. Get your tuition reimbursed. 

A lot of companies offer tuition reimbursement for their full-time employees. Look into it — tuition is expensive and being able to write off the cost is just one less thing you have to stress about.

5. Emphasize the added value. 

What do we mean by this? If you’re trying to sell your boss on letting you leave early for class, remind him how what you’re learning will help you become a better employee. That’s the added value you and your company will get when you’re going to school.

6. Take care of yourself. 

When time is in short supply, it’s tempting to stay up late so you can catch up on emails or get a head start on some reading. But you have to remember to put taking care of yourself on top of your to-do list. Exercise, sleep well, and do things that relax you. If you’re feeling run-down, it only hampers your productivity both at work and at school.

7. Don’t forget to be social. 

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. And the more work you have to do, the more important it is for you to spend time blowing off steam. Carving time out to see your friends is part of taking care of yourself, as your friends are crucial to your health.

8. Manage your expectations. 

You can’t expect yourself to give 100% at work and at school. When you’re juggling both, you’ll have to realize that maybe you can’t always expect to receive an A on a paper, or become employee of the month. You are capable of doing both of those things – but when you are working and studying, your resources are divided. So go easy on yourself.

9. Learn time management. 

If you’re not good at managing your time, you better get good. Set alerts on your phone throughout the day of what you’re supposed to be doing at that time. Start writing your to-do lists, taking special care not to overload yourself.

10. Make connections. 

Burning the candle at both ends is exhausting. Make sure that you take advantage of doing both by drawing connections between your workload and your courseload. What are you learning that you apply to your job? And how can you use your work experience to do better in school?

Enjoyed this? Check out Why it’s Important to Separate Your Workspace from Your Bedroom!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian

Maybe you’re not trying to achieve that elusive work-life balance. But you might need to learn how to achieve work-school balance — a lot of people have to work while they’re in school. Here’s how to do it effectively.

1. Don’t do it all. 

For someone who’s going to school and working, this is the hardest piece of advice to follow. But remember your limits. There are only 24 hours in a day, so try to manage your workload accordingly.

2. Plan ahead. 

Like we said above, juggling work and school will force you to become way better at planning. Write things down in a notebook and start using multiple Google Calendars if need be – one for work and one for school – so you can stay on top of everything.

3. Find your best option.

This applies if you’re in school and looking for a job or are working and looking to go to school. Figure out what programs will work best with your current schedule. Are you able to modify your hours? If not, can you take classes that work around your job?  

4. Get your tuition reimbursed. 

A lot of companies offer tuition reimbursement for their full-time employees. Look into it — tuition is expensive and being able to write off the cost is just one less thing you have to stress about.

5. Emphasize the added value. 

What do we mean by this? If you’re trying to sell your boss on letting you leave early for class, remind him how what you’re learning will help you become a better employee. That’s the added value you and your company will get when you’re going to school.

6. Take care of yourself. 

When time is in short supply, it’s tempting to stay up late so you can catch up on emails or get a head start on some reading. But you have to remember to put taking care of yourself on top of your to-do list. Exercise, sleep well, and do things that relax you. If you’re feeling run-down, it only hampers your productivity both at work and at school.

7. Don’t forget to be social. 

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. And the more work you have to do, the more important it is for you to spend time blowing off steam. Carving time out to see your friends is part of taking care of yourself, as your friends are crucial to your health.

8. Manage your expectations. 

You can’t expect yourself to give 100% at work and at school. When you’re juggling both, you’ll have to realize that maybe you can’t always expect to receive an A on a paper, or become employee of the month. You are capable of doing both of those things – but when you are working and studying, your resources are divided. So go easy on yourself.

9. Learn time management. 

If you’re not good at managing your time, you better get good. Set alerts on your phone throughout the day of what you’re supposed to be doing at that time. Start writing your to-do lists, taking special care not to overload yourself.

10. Make connections. 

Burning the candle at both ends is exhausting. Make sure that you take advantage of doing both by drawing connections between your workload and your courseload. What are you learning that you apply to your job? And how can you use your work experience to do better in school?

Enjoyed this? Check out Why it’s Important to Separate Your Workspace from Your Bedroom!

Written by Roselyn Sebastian

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