Working full-time while studying has real benefits. In addition to having a steady income, you can apply your study directly to your role as you learn new practices, strengthening the link between theory and practice within your career.
However, combining study with full-time work also has its challenges. It’s no easy task. Juggling your work commitments and deadlines, with assignments, exams and lectures can lead to stress, anxiety and loss of control. If you’re not managing your time well, things can easily get out of hand.
It is important to find the right balance to avoid the pitfalls and make sure you remain successful in both.
Here are some simple tips on how to do that.
1. Focus on key dates and plan forward
all your key work and study deadlines. When you can see that things will overlap, plan to get ahead. This means when your deadlines are looming, you are ready, you’ve done the groundwork in advance.
helps, mark off each task on a to-do list – you’ll really feel like you are getting somewhere and achieving.
sleep and nutrition are still as important as ever, taking some time out for the things you enjoy will help you keep it all in balance.
out some time each week to focus on you. No matter how long, a day, a few hours, 30 minutes; use that time to regenerate. Take a walk, get a massage, catch up with friends or binge on a Netflix series, whatever works for you. Taking time to do things that recharge your batteries, will lift your performance and sustain you in the busy times.
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direction, stop and recalibrate. Seek help. Book a meeting with your learning provider who can help you to fully understand what you’re doing. If you don’t feel you have enough material to complete the task at hand, ask if there is anything
else available for you or to be pointed in the right direction. If you don’t know exactly what you’re working toward, clarify it before you waste time heading in the wrong direction. Study smarter, not harder.
not missing anything that may add to your workload down the track. Check with colleagues on group projects. Follow up on client work that you have completed, to make sure there are no outstanding requests that they will need in a hurry.
assignment you’re struggling with, may spark an idea and help you get it finished.
you more scope to fit the demands of your workload and your study, in the best way that works for you.
A little bit of self-belief can go a long way – so believe that you can do it.