How to Organize Your Working and Educational Process to Achieve Goals Easily
Students who have to work don’t have an easy life. They’re already busy with classes, homework, sports, clubs, and their social life. Now they have to squeeze a job into their busy schedule, and it’s not a simple thing to do. When students are combining school with work, whether it’s high school or college, it’s a delicate balancing act. There are a lot of benefits such as career development, time management skills, and the money. So it’s easy to understand why having a part time job isn’t so bad after all.
It’s just the matter of balancing school and work in such a way that it doesn’t put extra pressure and stress on the student. Here are some ideas to successfully manage the challenge in order for students to achieve their goals.
- Choose a job offering flexible hours
There are a lot of great part time jobs available that can be fit into a schedule that’s already full with homework, classes, and some down time. Restaurants are good places for students to work because they offer hours after school and on weekends. A retail job will also fit into the students’ tight schedule by providing flexible hours. If students work weeknights, they need to make sure they get enough sleep.
Students should not commit to working more hours than they’re comfortable with, or it could lead to missed classes. They need to start with just working a few hours in the beginning. Then, if it’s comfortable, they can accept more hours from their employer.
- Stick to a schedule
Students need to be disciplined to be able to successfully attend classes and work. Before taking a job, they need to write down all of their priorities and how much time is required on each one. After adding in some time for a social life, they’ll find out how much time can be devoted to a job. It may only be a few hours a week in the beginning unless more money is needed. In this case, they’ll have to cut down on their free time.
Now that the schedule has been made, it’s important to stick to it. Whatever time has been allocated to one of the priorities, spend that time on it. When students create their schedule, they are developing their time management skills. These skills will come in handy for the rest of their lives.
There will be stress at times with all of these responsibilities. The question is how will the students manage it? They should never let the situations, which are challenging in work and school, get the best of them. Every student will handle their stress differently, so they need to go with what works best. It could be breathing or physical exercise, relaxing in the park or talking to a friend.
- Limit all distractions
When students are trying to manage several responsibilities, efficiency will be the key. Being distracted by the TV or smartphone is a big waste of their precious time. When doing homework, they should find a quiet place to study. Use lunch time and breaks at school to check emails and texts. They’ll be surprised at how much easier the homework is to complete and how much time is saved with no disturbances.
- Visualize the goal
Students should always have the end goal on their minds. It could be the degree that’s being earned or the career that will follow. This is what will inspire and keep them motivated during these difficult times.
- Be realistic
Sometimes there might not be time to do everything so students should make sure their priorities are feasible. They shouldn’t get upset because they couldn’t complete everything on their list for the day. They should remain positive and thankful that they have this opportunity to get an education and work part time. There are many people in the world that don’t have a chance at either one.
- Keep the momentum
Students should refrain from starting and stopping something whether it’s classes or a job. If they feel they are getting tired of school, they can reduce the amount of courses they’ll take during the next semester. It’s always a good idea to fit in a class that they really enjoy to keep the momentum going. If the job seems a bit too much, cut down on the hours for a while.
- Keep a work diary
This is a fun thing to do every day. Students write down what they want to accomplish the next day. Then at the end of that day, write down what they managed to do. This helps to attain one’s goal every day.
While working and going to school doesn't sound like much fun, students will be learning skills and experiencing things that will come in handy in the future. It could be things such as math, resolution of conflicts, time management, and customer service. Balancing school and work isn’t the ideal situation and requires patience and accountability. But remember, it will get easier once the student is paid for the first time.