Let’s face it, trying to manage a school schedule in itself can get overwhelming at times. You have those days jam-packed with classes, homework, papers, extracurricular activities, and all you want to do is relax and binge on whatever new series is trending on Netflix. However, laying around and watching shows won’t suffice when it comes to paying the bills, so you go out and get a job.
Adding on another responsibility to your long list, now seems like an impossible challenge, but it’s definitely possible. Here are a few tips on achieving a balanced routine that will help you get your bills paid while also leaving room for some fun.
- Ease into a work schedule. Debbie Kaylor, director of the Boise State University Career Center in Idaho, suggests that freshmen don’t work during their first semester in college. That is, however, if their current financial situation allows them not to. It’s essential that students use that time to get into the rhythm of how college works and figure out ways that work best for them to be successful. Not to mention, it’s also when you’re beginning to create your friend circles so hanging out with them seems to be a priority at the time.
- Have a work schedule that works for you. Find a job that is flexible with your school schedule. School should always come first and there are many part-time jobs out there that will accommodate to your busy schedule. Positions in restaurants and retail stores are great places to start off in. They offer a variety of shifts that provide you with the opportunity to choose which one works best for you, so if you haven’t already, apply to these businesses first!
- Prioritize. Discipline is everything when trying to balance school, work, and a social life. Before you even take the new job, make a list to track all of your priorities along with leaving a reasonable amount of time for leisure. Then, see how you can incorporate your job into it. It’s really all about time-management and being disciplined and those are both qualities that can be learned over time.
- Build a network. Having a wide range of people who you can turn to in times of need is advice that we’ve all received before. When applying this into the workforce, it’s important to stay in touch with various folks that you meet throughout your positions. You never know, they may actually introduce you to greater opportunities later on.
- Sleep. Unfortunately adding extra shots to your coffee won’t be enough to keep you awake during that long-study period. When schedules fill up it, the first thing we sacrifice is sleep. But lacking sleep actually makes your tasks a lot harder to accomplish: your mental health, physical health, stress levels, and schedule are all affected. Be sure to schedule in your Zzz’s.
- Talk. Talk to your employer to figure out when busy periods are more likely to occur, that way, you can avoid working on those big school assignments during that time. Also, show that you are committed and engaged by proposing ideas that you may think work better. Many employers really value that so don’t be afraid to speak up.
- Keep your eyes on the prize. Yes, juggling between school, work, and leisure time, all while trying to experience college in the best way possible is very difficult. However, remember why you’re doing it. You wouldn’t be tacking all these responsibilities if there wasn’t good reasons behind it. If others have managed to succeed in these situations, so can you!
Above all, remember to just breathe and take everything one step at a time. YOU GOT THIS!