Balancing School and Work
Work can be stressful. School can be stressful. So what do you do when you have work andschool at the same time? It’s tough to keep track of both when you’re under pressure, so here are a few tips on how to make balancing school and work easier.
Get a Planner
Planners are essential when it comes to keeping track of all the due dates coming up. Whether it’s the calendar on your smartphone or good ol’ paper, a planner will help you manage your time and keep you a little saner. For school, having a reminder of when assignments are due and when your exams are will help you plan accordingly and make sure you’re prepared. If you have to submit a timesheet for work, you can keep track of your hours in your planner. A planner will make it easier for you to manage your time between work and school, and it’ll be easier to see when you’ll have a day off!
Set Aside Homework Time
When you organize your time in your planner, try to find a constant period of time in which you can work on homework and study. Having a set time for schoolwork will let you enjoy the rest of your free time for the day and you’ll get work done more consistently. Try to fit in a separate hour or two a week for general studying. This way you’ll always be up to date on all of the material and ready for any pop quizzes.
Of course, not everyone can set time aside that easily because of their work or class schedules. If this is the case, try to study on your commute. There are also apps and websites that let you study on the go.
Prepare for the Next Day
If you’re anything like me, mornings are not the most effortless part of the day. Preparing the night before can make your morning routine quicker and easier. Pack your lunch and your bag the night before so that you’re not likely to forget anything important the next day. It also helps to have a smaller bag holding all of your essential items (keys, headphones, pens, etc.) to make switching bags easier. Make sure to set out your outfit the night before, too. If you do all of this, your morning routine will be cut down enough that you can sleep in an extra 15 minutes.
It’s hard to think you’ll have the energy to do anything after school, work, homework, studying, and any other responsibilities you may have. There’s one more thing you have to schedule into your day, though: fun. It’s important that you find time to do something you enjoy so that the stress of your busy life won’t overwhelm you. Lots of relaxing activities can even be done on the commute to work, such as reading or listening to music. If there’s a television show you enjoy, take a break to watch that week’s episode. The little things add up, and doing something you enjoy really makes a difference on your stress levels.
If you live in New York City, here’s a tip that has really helped me when it comes to transportation. With the rise in prices in public transportation, you often end up saving money if you buy an unlimited Metrocard as opposed to paying individual fares. With the current fare at $2.75, going from home to work, from work to school, and from school back home certainly adds up. With an unlimited Metrocard, you don’t have to worry about how much money is left on your card for the month, giving you one less thing to stress about.
Written by Dariana Baez