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Balancing Your Study and Work

Many of online students are handling both jobs and studies at the same time. Studying and keeping one's job requires more sacrifices compared to a regular full-time student.

Time management is challenging enough for students who juggle their lectures, study time and social life all in one day. Put in a job in the equation and you know that stressful days are inevitable – unless, of course, you teach yourself how to manage time properly.

Here are some useful tips to help manage your studies with your schedule.

1. Study Planning is the start

Time management includes a thorough planning of your monthly, weekly and daily studying activities. Once you have become familiar with the study plan for particular semester and learned about what is expected from you in terms of time you should dedicate to studies, this will be a guarantee of half of the success.

And remind yourself of those dates. Whether you have added them to a diary, a Google calendar or on a wall planner, make sure the dates are written down in a place where you will see them regularly. That way no deadlines will creep up on you! Think about displaying a timetable at work, at home or on your computer.

2. Prioritize your daily tasks and learn to manage your time

Anyone has gone through a situation where they had to figure out how to perfectly organize their tasks in a time frame.

Once becoming an online student you will sooner or later embark on the journey of prioritizing your life, starting from the effort to come home from work as quick as possible (so you would have time to study), to limiting your leisure time activities and adjusting to a new daily and weekend routine. Each week put some time aside to do your studies. As you will be working, be aware that some evenings you will want a break or perhaps you will have other commitments. Instead work around these commitments and make your studies work into your schedule. Also, consider when studying will work best for you. This will be the first important step.

The second step regards your time management and the ability to organize your time will be crucial in order to succeed. Most of the time you will dedicate to studies will be during weekends, resulting in going out on Fridays nights less frequently, for example. One important thing you should remember when planning your time is to try to keep the deadlines for submission of all kinds of assignments (essays, final papers, research papers, discussion papers etc.). Otherwise, the workload may become somewhat unbearable once the number of unfinished assignments starts to grow.

3. Stay balanced.

There will be days when you will feel extremely tired and there might even be days you will tell yourselves that is better to give up either the studies or the job. Therefore, keep in mind that it won't be just the degree that will take a big part of your time.

Keep calm, focused and look after yourself. To help you study at an optimum rate it’s important to take the time to look after yourself as well. Eat healthily, drink lots of water and take regular exercise. Also remember to take time out with friends and enjoy socializing. It’s important to take a breather now and then so you can feel on the ball when you do get back in to studying. It’s all about finding a balance that works for you!

Both studying and your job are equally important, but allow yourselves time to relax, even if for half an hour each day. Most times, a break where you simply relax and log off from your daily routine, will inevitably have a positive effect on your overall energy and efficiency once you get back to your job or study activities.

The moment you decide you want to become a student again, this will lead to a whole new meaning of the word 'time'.

Time will firmly settle in your mind for the entire duration of studies and it will become your partner whether you like it or not. However, time is manageable, so you will surely find a solution that will help you deal and manage with all personal and professional responsibilities.

Sources: DistanceLearningPortal, CityCollegePeterborough