One of the most frequent questions students ask themselves when considering working while studying is: ‘Will I be able to handle both my job and studies at the same time?’ The answer is ‘yes’.
Although clearly, studying and keeping one’s job requires more sacrifices compared to a regular full-time student, you shouldn’t worry! Thousands of students have proved this is not only feasible but, in fact, quite manageable. Here are a few tips but the degree to which you will succeed depends entirely on you.
Prioritize your daily tasks and learn to manage your time
Anyone has gone through a situation where they had to figure out how to perfectly organize their tasks in a time frame.
Limiting your leisure time activities and adjusting to a new daily and weekend routine will be the first important step.The second step regards your time management and the ability to organize your time will be crucial in order to succeed.
Suppose working 40 hours a week does not mean about seven hours daily. The time you can dedicate to studies can be during weekends, resulting in going out on Fridays nights less frequently, for example. One important thing you should remember when planning your time is to try to keep the deadlines for submission of all kinds of assignments (essays, final papers, research papers, discussion papers etc.).
Good planning helps you stay on top of things
Time management includes a thorough planning of your monthly, weekly and daily studying activities. Once you have become familiar with the study plan for particular semester/trimester and learnt about what is expected from you in terms of time you should dedicate to studies, this will be a guarantee of half of the success.
Wise planning of studying is essential, but you should not neglect the fact that you will need to be ready and fresh for work each and every day.
Don’t forget to take a break once in a while
Honestly, there will be days when you will feel extremely tired and there might even be days you will tell yourselves that is better to give up either the studies or the job. Therefore, keep in mind that it won’t be just the distance degree that will take a big part of your time.Both studying and your job are equally important, but allow yourselves time to relax, even if for half an hour each day. Most times, a break where you simply relax and log off from your daily routine, will inevitably have a positive effect on your overall energy and efficiency once you get back to your job or study activities.
Re-discover the true meaning of time
To sum up, the moment you decide you want to become a distance learning student, this will lead to a whole new meaning of the word ‘time’.
Time will firmly settle in your mind for the entire duration of studies and it will become your partner whether you like it or not. However, time is manageable, so you will surely find a solution that will help you deal and manage with all personal and professional responsibilities.