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What do you do to help with time management?

What do you do to help manage with balancing work and school? #work #school #parenting


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John’s Answer

Make sure your employer knows you're a student Sophia. Being up-front about your schedule and student status is a good policy. If it's going to be a problem for your employer, it's better they know before you come to rely on the job. It's just not worth the effort of trying to hide something as major as the fact that you're a student. Having an employer who is understanding, or even sympathetic, of this fact is going to be useful if, say, you need to take a week off for midterms or if you'd like more hours during a break. Whether you choose to prioritize school or your job, you need to pick a focus for your time and make sure that one doesn't start encroaching on the other. We suggest prioritizing school, both since you're paying for it and since poor performance in a class can have serious impact down the line. That choice means taking classes that might overlap with your work schedule because you need those specific credits to graduate. It means not picking up a double shift the weekend before midterms.

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Keep an Updated Schedule – This is a great way to make use of the calendar app on your phone. Take the time to add your class schedule for the semester as well as any due dates for your assignments. Set aside specific times throughout the week to focus on things like homework, work, and life.
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Don’t Procrastinate – By procrastinating you are allowing your to-do list to grow and grow into an intimidating amount of work. Once all that work has piled up, it will be even harder to motivate yourself to get started. Getting ahead on readings, papers, and other assignments will help reduce procrastination-based stress while allowing more time in the future for hanging out with friends or just relaxing with a weekend.
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Get a Good Night’s Sleep We regularly hear about the benefits of getting more sleep, from maintaining a strong immune system to improving our moods, but we seldom manage to actually implement this advice. Sometimes we get so entrenched in our work that the high amount of stress and large workload can keep us from getting enough sleep. If you really take the time to improve the quality of your sleep,your stress levels will go down and you’ll be able to think more clearly and make fewer mistakes in your work.
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Elizabeth’s Answer

I echo a prior comment. Make certain your employer knows you are a student. I am a huge "list" person. I utilize spreadsheets and calendar/tasks like a crazy person. I recommend if the opportunity presents itself in your current employment to request projects or tasks that could contribute to your education. For example, if you are going to school for programming, are there any programming tasks that you could perform that would not only assist you with hands-on experience, but also provide additional motivation for the area of study. There is nothing like putting your education to practical use. Probably the most two important things I could advise is to always be looking out for your own mental well-being. Take that 10 minute break, stand up and walk around, with study or with work and learn to say the word "no". I realize it is daunting to say no to request for personal/professional/educational areas of life, but sometimes you need to. There are only so many hours in a day and working on any one area of your life to exhaustion will not help you.

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Cheryl’s Answer

List and organized - use a calendar and reminders. If your phone and computer are linked (aka you use gmail and g calendar ) you can access information anywhere. If you have something you want to organize - start with how you want it to look, approach like a project. Lets say you want to plan a dinner for thanksgiving.

Start with invite list, and how many you have, what is your menu, what time do you want to serve? Its a big meal so you probably have to start preparing dishes in advance to make sure everything is ready on TG. Use the notes app on your phone and use reminders...

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Fernando’s Answer

Organize your work load and tackle it bit by bit. I prefer to not let work stack up to avoid last minute rush jobs. It's important to give yourself some breathing room to avoid burnout and mental stress. Don't let your work compromise your sleep cycle. Far too often I've had friends that try to sacrifice sleep in order to get jobs done, only to later see them worse for ware. Keep a good tab on deadlines or upcoming activities you have and plan around those to maximize the time you have. Don't be afraid to ask for help if things feel a bit too daunting, at some point everyone needs a helping hand and there's no shame in asking for help from others.

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Marie’s Answer

Time management is an extremely valued skill and important when juggling multiple priorities. It's important to write down the requirements of each task, perhaps a calendar like others have mentioned, or a list just to get started. If you are able to quantify the requirements of each, even better! For example, how many hours a week do you work? How many hours a day? How long are your classes? How long do you want to dedicate towards homework assignments? Putting pen to paper is one of the best ways to organize your time and make sure you stick to a schedule that allocates enough time to each task. Also make sure your teachers & your boss are aware of your time commitments and often they will be understanding and flexible.

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David’s Answer

Make a schedule and stick to it. Have designated hours for for studying, work, and fun.

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Simeon’s Answer

I would write down my weekly schedule and make sure that I am not including anything that doesn't need to be in there. I'm a parent too and having extra time available for random things to come up is essential. I also would recommend making sure that you're including enough time in your calendar for sufficient sleep. Also, set some time aside at the end of each week to look back and see how things went and if there is anything you would want to change.

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