Study and work at the same time: the golden technique
Probably one of the most frequent questions that each and every student has at some point in his education: “Will I be able to handle my work as my studies at the same time?” The answer is yes.
Although clearly, studying and working requires more sacrifices than studying full-time, do not worry! Thousands of students have demonstrated that this is not only feasible but also something everyone recommends doing.
1. Prioritize your daily tasks and learn to manage your time
We have all gone through a situation where we had to organize our time so as to meet a deadline. But, what would happen if instead of organizing our time occasionally we do it continuously? Sooner or later it will become a routine and all our time management problems will disappear.
Generally, university lectures are held in the morning, so it’s important to make the most of the lectures and pay attention as much as possible, so that less time has to be invested in studying the material given in class.
Another factor to keep in mind when looking for a job is its schedule. If work is going to make you skip class, then it is better not to work, or to look for something alternative.
Besides, to organize your time well you have to make an effort and go home after work as soon as possible (so you will have time to study). Limit your leisure activities and find an alternative daily routine.
My experience: In my case I have class every day until two, except for Monday, and Wednesdays. I use those two days to go to work so do not have to skip any classes. The rest of the days or after work, I try to study the material given in class, or focus on the next day’s material in case I do not have time.
This will be the very first step, to be aware of your time. It’s important not to overload your schema with thousands of activities, otherwise your mind will be in several places at the same time.
2. Good planning helps you stay on top of everything.
Time management includes monthly, weekly and daily planning. Once you have become familiar with the curriculum you will be aware of the time you have for yourself, work and study
Always keep in mind that your studies come first, if you do not have time to go out every Saturday because you have not studied what you should have during the week, you have to sacrifice your spare time.
My experience: You always have to anticipate unexpected plans and not overload the daily agenda. Set realistic goals that can be met, otherwise you will feel frustrated and overwhelmed.
If we remove false needs, goals, expectations, and purposes, we strip away the need to do much of what we do. We can then be left with an emptiness that can be filled only with what’s necessary, with what’s natural, with what’s beautiful.” – Leo Babauta, The Effortless Life