Balancing work and study commitments (among other things) can be really tough. For some, these two things are the reason behind the disorder in their wellbeing, mental state, relationships and so on. That’s why we think it’s really important to know how to actually manage these two factors so you can become a master in balancing life while studying.
1. Have a plan
Sounds obvious, but if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Start your planning by making a to-do list on things you need to get or have organised before your study officially begins. For example, buying necessary items like stationary or a USB or perhaps organising your workspace. Mark deadlines in your calendar. You may also need to think about any leave you might need from work during that hectic assessment time.
2. Create a realistic schedule
Start off with the things that need your urgent attention. Then work out if your aim of getting an assignment finished 2 weeks before it is due (for example) is realistic. At the same time, do not forget to make time for yourself and include time with friends or a loved one to balance out your schedule.
3. Avoid wasting time
We know what it’s like, we’ve all been there – “procrasti-nation” (refer to the image below), but avoid saying yes to things that are going to negatively affect your studies.
By including a few of these steps into your pre-study life you can minimise the amount of stress and allow your mind to focus on what you are trying to achieve.