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How to balance school, work and life

Balancing school and a social life are already difficult tasks and throwing a job into the mix makes it almost impossible. If you’re currently stuck with this unfortunate task and you have no idea how to handle it, here are a few helpful tips on keeping everything balanced.

  1. You have to prioritize, know what’s most important to you and try to balance your life with your top priority in mind. If you do that your others priorities should be easy to handle.
  2. Plan your work schedule around your classes. School should be your number one priority, and you don’t want your job to interfere with that. Take time out to study for your classes and make sure you know when you have assignments due.
  3. If you have trouble keeping up with your school work, make use of the calendar that’s on your phone. Input all of your upcoming tests and assignments into the calendar and set reminders for those dates. Your phone will alert you when you have something coming up, and you can take care of that assignment before the due date. If you’re not that tech savvy, invest in a planner. You can write down when assignments are due, and it will help you stay organized. Just make sure you remember to check it every day.
  4. Make time to speak to your professors. If you explain your situation to them, they’ll more than likely be willing to help you balance your school work in an effective way.
  5. Your job should come second when you’re balancing your time. When planning your availability for work, set time aside for studying and personal time. Take the time out to talk to your manager about your schedule. Explain to them that you need time for school and yourself. They should be able to work with you as long as you are able to be useful to them. If your job is critical to your survival (i.e. food, shelter, transportation), then make sure you set aside enough time just for school. Your personal life may have to take a seat if you’re working a lot of hours while being a full-time student also.
  6. When it comes to your social life, you should make that your last priority. Your friends and family will understand that you have responsibilities you have to take care of. They will make time to hang out with you once you take care of your school work and have free time. You can take advantage of that time and hang out with friends or just relax.

It’s important to remember not to overwhelm yourself with balancing your school, work and social life. You don’t want to create too much work for yourself if you’re not able to handle it all. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you aren’t able to handle something, don’t try to shoulder the burden all by yourself. Life becomes hectic sometimes, and when you’re a college student, it seems to be impossible to control. If you follow these easy tips, you’ll be able to successfully find some balance in your life.

Story by Chloe Bradshaw, Staff Writer.

Photo courtesy of Stacey Blackman Consulting.

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