With the pressure of upcoming deadlines, completing coursework, paying for maintenance, trying to enjoy life and spend time with friends and family, getting a good balance between all these can all feel overwhelming. It is however, important to maintain a balance between different aspects of life, even though, this can seem very difficult at times. Studying and working at the same time will require some sacrifices, particularly in your social life, but with help you can make the most out of your time.
Manage your time efficiently
It is often easier said than done, but learning the art of time management will benefit you everywhere. Having a day view diary is useful and using to-do lists as well! Using a calendar app on your phone or tablet will give you access to it 24/7 which is good when you are in a hurry and don’t have 5 minutes to actually sit down and plan your week ahead. Make sure you plan time for working, but also take time for relaxing. Don’t think about relaxing in your work time and be as efficient as you can be. This is how you make sure that you can relax 100% in your free time.
By procrastinating you are allowing your to-do list to grow and this can turn into a nightmare. Once all the work has piled up, it will be even harder to finish it and motivate yourself to do the work. Getting ahead of readings, papers and other assignments will help you reduce stress while allowing more time in the future for hanging out with friends or just relaxing and watching TV. The earlier you start, the earlier you finish!
The benefits of a good night’s sleep are vast! From maintaining a strong immune system to improving moods and restarting your brain. Sometimes we can get caught up in our work and sleeping seems a secondary need, but this is wrong. An adult needs at least 8 hours of sleep each day. With this your stress levels will reduce and you will be able to work and study with more enthusiasm and motivation.
Have a goal
Setting yourself academic goals each week can help you find balance between your life and work. Prioritise your work at times and by doing that you will reach your goals quicker so you have more time to relax and enjoy time with your friends and family!