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How do you balance school work, classes, and a job.

I have a part time job and a lot of school work to deal with on the daily. Is there a way to make it easier to handle so I do not feel like I am constantly being overwhelmed? school organization part-time-job

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Sandra’s Answer

I commend you on working and attending school and yes it can be overwhelming. I did it and survived.


I like planning so I made a schedule for myself and did my best to adhere to it. So make a schedule for yourself of everything you're involved in and make sure you schedule enough time for everything.


Also please set aside some "me time" for yourself, no matter how little.


Good luck!

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Sandra W.’s Answer

Hi Marissa,
It's very commendable that you are going to school while working daily! It definitely teaches you a lot when it comes to managing your time and juggling different responsibilities. Having experienced this while I was in college, I found the best way is to make a schedule ( a time table of sorts) where you block out your work hours, class hours and time to complete your assignments. This gives you a visual representation of what your day looks like as well as what your time commitments are. Next, a simple to-do list helps you note down each item you need to complete and as you complete the items you check them off your list (giving you a big confidence boost!). These simple steps will help you visualize your days as well as break down your responsibilities in simple way that will help you feel better organized!
I hope this helps as well!

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Kim’s Answer

Marissa,


Some of this depends on you knowing if you are a day or night person. For example, I get up at 5:30 am, and don't leave for work until 7:30 a.m.. This gives me an hour each morning to put towards homework, studying, etc., anything that requires mental focus. Trying to study in the evenings after work is a complete disaster for me.


Also, remember to give yourself short breaks, and get some physical exercise. The brain needs oxygen! These little breaks will improve your ability to study, so you won't need to spend as much time doing it.


Hang in there!

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Alice’s Answer

Hi Marissa,


Studying and working is not easy so kudos to you!
I used to create a schedule that was sticking to as much as possible.
Organization is key, so make sure you dedicate some time for each school subjects on your schedule.
And I agree that you should include some time for yourself in that schedule,


Stay strong and keep going, you can do it!

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Rainie’s Answer

Good for you, Marissa! It's very hard to do school while working. It's really just a matter of pushing through & knowing when you need a break. I know this doesn't help advise wise (it's what all our parents say), "wait until you're older". I worked while I was in college, and I thought I was burnt out then. Now I wish I could go back to those days as it seems I had less on my plate.


Don't lose hope! Keep this motivation. It will all be worth it once you're done, and your employers will see your motivation which will benefit you down the road. Best of luck & take care!

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Margaret’s Answer

I had to balance work and school as well. You can do it. In order to manage I kept a schedule and blocked out a certain amount of time to study. I also kept a to do list in order to manage all my tasks. I still keep a to do list today in order to prioritize and manage my day to day workload. This has proved to be successful. Good Luck with your studies!

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Simeon’s Answer

It's a good idea to set aside specific blocks of time on your calendar that are the same every week that you can set aside for homework and studying. Don't let assignments get undone until the last minute. Try to find times that you can get extra homework time in. For instance, if you are in one of those fluff classes in college and they don't mind it, you can get homework done for serious classes during those courses. There are work-study jobs on campus that will often let you study on the job as long as no one is asking for assistance at the desk, such as working in the library or the front desk of the dorm. Find ways to give yourself back time during the week.
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Maya’s Answer

Hi Marissa,

The best thing that I can tell you is to take advantage of resources like planners, google calendar, etc. Plan out your days first with what you have to do by what is set in stone and scheduled like classes and work shifts. Next, put in time for the assignments or activities you have to get done before the next day such as homework, sports, hobbies, etc. Finally, (this might be silly) but add time for things like eating, sleeping, and more. When you are busy you might forget to take care of yourself so just having a planner and alarms for when to do things will help you stay on track. Hope this helped!
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Ken’s Answer

Hi Marissa!


You can do it, we did it and survived. Balancing is something that you can do. Here are some tips from people who would like to share their successes:
https://www.unigo.com/in-college/college-experience/creating-a-workschool-balance-a-college-student-perspective
http://www.mycollegesuccessstory.com/academic-success-tools/college-life-balance.html
http://www.collegeconfidential.com/dean/000241/


Best of luck! Keep me posted. Let me know if and how this helps!

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Lauren’s Answer

Hi Marissa,
Good question, I think it's amazing that you are working while taking classes to advance your career. Finding the right balance is definitely key. I recommend using a planner, reminders app, google calendar, etc. to stay organized and up-to-date on all the tasks you need to accomplish. Time management is also crucial, learn to prioritize which tasks are most important to least important and build them into your schedule that way. If you are in college, consider trying to plan your classes/course load around your work schedule. For example: maybe only take classes T/R and work M/W/F or take all your classes in the morning and block off the evenings for work, but it really comes down to what you prefer.
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