Managing the conflicting demands of school, work, and family
Managing the multiple demands of your career, school, and personal life can be challenging, but you can be successful if you keep a few tips in mind:
- Be where you are. Don’t worry about what you aren’t doing. Stay focused on the task at hand—don’t worry about work when you’re in class or studying, and don’t let work or school interfere with spending quality time with family and friends.
- Set a schedule for the week and get organized. Plan segments of time for study, family, exercise, and other tasks that need to get done. - - Experiment with the best times for you to study and how frequently you need breaks. Also, figure out the best place to study where all of your materials are accessible and you can truly focus.
- Reward yourself. You should plan a reward for sticking to your schedule or completing your work before a deadline.
- Remember that you are only human. Nothing will get done well if you are emotionally or physically drained. Plan exercise and creative activities into your week to help keep you energized.
- Use your support system. Discuss your expectations for school with your family and friends. Inform them about your schedule so that they know - when you can’t be disturbed and when they can expect your full attention. Negotiate household duties based on your schedule.
- Don’t focus on getting straight A’s. Since you have already been accepted into graduate school, your focus should be on the learning, not getting 100% on every exam or ranking #1 in your class.
- Have some fun. Make time to enjoy friends and family; watch a movie; or read non-academic books.
- Learn to say ‘no.’ This is not the time to volunteer to run new initiatives at work or assume new family responsibilities if you don’t have to. Just meeting your responsibilities at work, school, and home will be enough of a challenge for now. Remember it is only temporary.
- Know when you need help.
JHSAP can help students cultivate time management, priority-setting, and organizational skills through individual sessions and/or group workshops and presentations:
All the best!