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How to balance working?

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I plan to work as I go to school. I am simply curious about the difficulty of this and if you may know any tips for balancing the two duties. Thank you in advance! :) #working #work-life-balance #school

My suggestion will be Not to sign up for too many work hours or for too many courses. If you over-extend yourself, it may not work out, which may result in you getting discouraged and dropping out of college. Please keep in mind that dropping out of college should not be an option you consider. Take your time. Look at it this way - suppose you take 2 courses each semester and as a result complete your BS/BA degree in say 7-8 years as opposed to 4 years of full time. Now, you will cherish the fruit of 7-8 years of college work for the rest of your life - by having a better job, a better salary and a better quality of life. So, compare 7-8 years of college work giving you 30-40 years of good life. Is it worth it? I believe so. Never, never give up. Stay focused and do not get discouraged. Raj Khurana Translate
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Raul’s Answer

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Time and Task management are one of the most important skills to learn in life and skills you can refine as you go. One of the things that has helped me is understanding when your most engaged and what time of the day you will learn the most. I took a lot of morning classes as thats when Im most focused. At nights I would work a part time job where I worked 25 hours a week. How you decide to send the time in between is completely up to you. I would advise using a Google calendar and any free time you have writing what are the top three things you need to get done that day. I didn't have a heavy workload as far as home-work is concerned. More large term papers and midterm and finals exams. Choose a location that works best for you to study in, I didn't have too much success studying at the library and prefed to study at home.

-Find a place to study

-Find a time to study

And make it a habit to simplify your life.

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Bradley’s Answer

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Great question Brandi! I think many of us are faced with the same task of balancing time and tasks. I recently completed a training on 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Author and Publisher Steven Covey. This training was immensely helpful and I highly recommend anyone serious about development as well as efficiency consider taking this course or at the very least read the book. As a small insight one of the parts of this training include time management broken down into 4 quadrants and brings awareness to which quadrants are the most effective use of your time. With this self awareness piece you are now empowered to get more done and you will find you have the time to do not only what you set out to accomplish but possibly even more!

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Jorge’s Answer

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Raj, great question and I'm currently in this situation. I have been working full time for the last 10 years and 5 years ago I began my bachelor degree. At first I found it hard as I took on to many courses, the following semester I adjusted and took two courses per semester, which I found a better work life/school balance. I would recommend starting with 1 or 2 courses and see if that is manageable. If the workload is easy, take an additional course. I look forward to your success and good luck

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Yasemin’s Answer

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Hi Brandi! So I was a college student who worked three jobs at the same time. I worked and continue to work as a waitress, in addition I was a tutor at my university and a front desk assistant. There are many jobs found in college if you are interested and there is work-study as well. To be honest the college campus jobs helped me a lot, I was able to complete some of my schoolwork while working. As a server I worked on the weekends but balance is crucial to any of the jobs you take on. I started off as a server and front desk assistant then became a tutor, I always made sure my schoolwork came first though. I kept a planner and mapped out my assignments, focusing on due dates and important exams so I could prepare in time. Take it slow and see what types of jobs are available near by and make sure you have enough time to complete your schoolwork. However, there is also a tremendous amount of benefit you obtain from working and studying, you become better balanced in life and are able to handle your time management better. Best of luck!
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Stephanie’s Answer

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Depending on how many hours you’ll be working I would consider 8 week classes/4 hrs per week which allow you to do both without spending 12 hours a week in class.

Get a good planner and plan out your weeks with time dedicated to school and class work. And schedule yourself some downtime. You don’t want to get burnt out.

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Carlos’s Answer

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Raj's suggestion is a good one. Myself, I didn't even start college until I was already working. At first, I was taking a full load of classes while working full time. It was ok for a bit, but I started to get burned out. I couldn't really reduce the number of hours I worked, so I reduced the amount of classes I had at a time. It helped a lot. Yes, it makes the schooling take longer overall, but if that's what you need to do so stay sane and ensure you have some time to unwind, that's quite ok. I'm done now, and super glad I did it - it was worth the effort.

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Gerson’s Answer

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Brandi it's so amazing that you want to keep pursuing your education all the while working on your professional life as well. From personal experience I would suggest to think about what is a bigger priority for you. Mine was education so I planned my work around having the adecuate time to be successful in class. You're vision might be different and that's ok. There's schools that will accommodate for your work life if that's the case. Either way find what works for you and give what you're priority is 100%.

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Dustin’s Answer

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With balancing anything it is important to plan out and prioritize. I was given advice a long time ago to start planning out your week on Sundays. This gives you a roadmap to your week and can allow you to be flexible knowing what else it can disrupt.

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Christopher’s Answer

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It's all about scheduling! You have to make a plan if you plan to win. Plan out every minute of every day, including classes, work, studying, fun, and sleep. It may seem like overkill, but when you are tired and not sure what you should do next in your hectic day, you can refer to your previous made plan and know exactly what to do.

Christopher recommends the following next steps:

  • You may need to modify your planned schedule as you see were you could spend more time.
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Argelys’s Answer

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It is not hard at all. I actually take online classes while working. I know what needs to get done so I plan accordingly.

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