How To Balance Work And Study

By Varsha Pappachan

In today's world, it is not surprising to see many students working part-time or even full-time to fund their studies, or even at times to support their cost of living. Also, many working professionals opt for further studies or certifications while being employed. The idea of sustaining both work and studies simultaneously may be overwhelming to some, but with motivation, planning and self-discipline it is indeed possible to find the balance between work and studies. So, how does one succeed in this endeavour? Let us figure out the various ways.

How To Balance Work And Study

1. Have A Plan

Right from the amount of time required to be invested at work to targeting the realistic time to getting through studies, it is all about proper planning. The time to be put into each task should be planned ahead in order to obtain the required results. It is most advisable to use a planner. Being organised will be helpful in achieving the desired outcome.

2. Prioritising

Just like the planning of time, prioritising of tasks at hand is critical too. One should be clear about the significance of focusing on high-priority jobs.

How To Balance Work And Study

3. Flexibility

At times, unavoidable situations might arise at work or school/college that might require extra attention or time. For instance, an extended meeting at work, or extra classes at school/college. In such situations, a flexible approach may be advisable where any kind of overlapping is avoided. Opting for leave, flexible hours or job-sharing are some of the possible ways to bring about flexibility.

How To Balance Work And Study

4. Usage Of Gadgets Such As Smartphones

Since a smartphone has the capability of syncing data with laptops or desktop computers, updating the to-do list on your smartphone's calendar would automatically share the details with all the devices. This would lead to prior intimation or a reminder will pop up, which would ensure timely completion of tasks or assignments.

How To Balance Work And Study

5. Communication

While self-discipline and planning are important, a clear understanding with others (employer, client, family, friends, etc.) is equally important too. When people are aware of the person's schedule, there is little possibility that they might interfere with the study time. This would lead to more productivity with less or no distractions.

6. Avoid Waste Of Time

The most frequent instances of time wastage may be the commuting time taken to and fro workplace, indulging in irrelevant activities and unnecessary interaction with people. The best way to avoid the time spent on commuting is to try to stay or find a workplace near the school/college. Any sort of overindulging on social media, unimportant net-surfing or wasting time on chit-chat should be avoided.

How To Balance Work And Study

7. Manage Stress Well

Stress may be inevitable in this case, and one would need to work out ways to manage it well. A healthy diet, enough sleep, frequent to regular exercising, taking voluntary breaks in between working or studying are some suggestions to keep stress levels under control.

Undertaking multiple tasks on a daily basis could result in mismanagement and therefore, lack of proper sleep or exercise, a sedentary lifestyle or an unhealthy diet due to time constraints. The idea is to ease out stress levels by managing well every day, and to avoid building up of stress levels in the body.

These are some of the most advisable ways to ensure a balance between work & studies and to succeed by means of discipline and consistency. It is a challenge to be able to effectively manage studying while working or vice versa. But, all it takes is appropriate planning of time and prioritising of tasks. It will eventually be an excitingly rewarding situation, which is not at all impossible to achieve!

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