Like many college students, you may be enrolled as student and forced to hold down a job at the same time. You may be doing it to pay for your education or to earn some extra spending money or to afford to live off campus. Whatever the reason, it’s not easy to juggle studying, a paying job and squeezing in some fun at the same time.
And while holding down a job while in college can be challenging, the benefits including possibly graduating with little or no debt, and learning to manage your money However, without some time management strategies, balancing work and studies can result in poor grades and exhaustion.
Here are some tips:
Look for flexible hours: Try to pick a job that offers flexible hours that can accommodate your class load, studying to important exams and changing your hours when needed. Try to work at place with lots of employees so you won’t bear the load and can rely on a co-worker to swap shifts or cover for you, if necessary.
Stick close to campus: Try and find employment near the college or university or better yet at school. The closer you are to campus the less time you spend commuting back and forth and the easier it will be make it to work and class.
Don’t overwork: You need to strike a balance between work and college and academics com first. Put a limit on how many hours you can work and stick to it. About 10 to 15 hours a week is likely ideal for students. Any more than that and you’ll likely experience burn-out.
Stick to a schedule: You need to be organized about your time and having a calendar where you can plan out work and assignments will make it easier to plan out your time.
Have some fun: You know the old saying, “Al work and no play makes Tommy a dull boy.” You get the picture. It’s all about balancing. You need to let loose every now and again – even if you have to schedule it. Breaks from the pressure of work and school will improve your attitude.
For more on managing your time better, check out these books.
Time Management in an Instant: 60 Ways to Make the Most of Your Day (In an Instant): Time Management in an Instant helps the reader overcome this feeling of overload and be more productive. It offers expert advice and 60 proven tips to help the reader better manage, create, and spend their time with more results. The book is packed with examples, exercises and anecdotes that focus on finding the power of mini-tasks, avoiding procrastination, harnessing the power of completion and more.
The 25 Best Time Management Tools & Techniques: How to Get More Done Without Driving Yourself Crazy: This book is packed with clear, focused, action-oriented advice and tips to help every the most harried person better manage their time. It’s a compilation of best techniques from the top 20 time management books. Recommendations cover five areas: Focus, Plan, Organize, Take Action, and Learn. There are also chapters on prioritizing, overcoming procrastination, and managing stress and well being.