As if being a full time college student wasn’t stressful enough. The majority of us have to work too. Finding a balance between not only school work, and your job, but a social life too can be exhausting! Sometimes it seems like in order to obtain all three you have to run on a measly 4 hours of sleep each night.
I’m here to tell you that you don’t! You can obtain all three of these things without sacrificing your sleep (mostly).
I’m now a college Sophomore and have this balancing thing pretty much down. As long as I don’t procrastinate. That’s one of the biggest keys to being able to achieve a balance of all three of these things: don’t procrastinate.
Before I tell you how you can manage all three of these things like a breeze, I’m going to give you a brief background on my college experience. Like I said I’m a college sophomore. Throughout my two years I have held a job along with school, done volunteering on and off, and have started a blog on top of it all. Balancing all these things isn’t always easy, but it is doable!
Plan Out Your Week
One of the best ways to maintain a hectic schedule and your sanity all at the same time is to plan ahead! If you’re loaded with school work and have a ton of shifts at work, you’re going to need to plan out your schedule in advance if you want any time to chill with friends. If you don’t plan a schedule for your homework and studies than most likely, you’ll end up putting them off so you can hang out with friends. Doing this is only going to lead to you trying to finish your 11:59 deadline at 11:30 p.m. Don’t do that to yourself!
Instead, if you plan out designated times for your homework in between classes and work you’ll be able to fit in time with friends. Not to mention save yourself some stress, and much needed sleep.
(e.g. Have an open hour in between classes? Use that time for studying instead of surfing the web. If you can finish your work during the school day, you’ll have more free time before your shift to spend with friends.)
Find a Flexible Job
This is such an important tip for when you’re a college student! Finding a job that is okay with accommodating your school schedule is key to finding a school life and work balance. It’s important to find a job that will work around your always fluctuating schedule, and will still schedule you for shifts throughout the week, even if they’re short.
When applying to a job, or giving them your availability I would recommend requesting to not be scheduled at least one day each week. For example, at my job I am never available to work Tuesdays or Thursdays. I did this to accommodate my extra busy schedule on those days. This gives me some extra free time to catch up on school work and hang out with friends.
Keep in mind that most jobs will expect you to be available to work weekends. So, be open to working at least one day each weekend when applying for jobs, especially in retail!
If this is your first time getting a job, keep in mind that most jobs won’t schedule you every day that you’re available. So even if you’re available 5 days a week that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be working that much. Granted, it depends on your job. However, I’ve never worked a job that had me working every day I was available.
Have a Good Support System
School gets super busy sometimes, and no matter how prepared you are, there’s going to be times where you feel overwhelmed. When you’re feeling stressed it’s really important to have a strong support system that can encourage you.
Sometimes when you’re overwhelmed all you need is a shoulder to cry on, and BAM you’re better. It doesn’t always work like that, but having people to encourage you when things get hectic is really important.
Make sure you keep the people that care about you close, because they’ll be the ones to be their when you’re struggling. In college it can be really hard to separate your party friends from you actual friends. Heck, a lot of the time they will intertwine. Make sure you’re putting just as much effort into the friends that don’t go out with you, as the ones who do.
It’s so easy to push things off when you are overwhelmed, but it’s the worst thing you could do! Procrastinating is only going to hurt you. It’s much easier to manage an intense workload if you stay on top of it. Getting behind is just a huge snowball effect that will inevitably knock you over in the end.
To read more about procrastinating and how to get over it read my article, Hitting Snooze Every Morning is Holding You Back.
Leave Time for Yourself
Don’t just focus on these three factors. You need to focus on yourself too. To be the most productive you, you have to take care of yourself. School, work, and friends should all come second to you and self-care. Sometimes when you are so focused on maintaining or achieving certain things you forget to look in the mirror and realize you’re important too.
Don’t worry though! Focussing on yourself shouldn’t limit your ability to achieve a school, work, and social life balance. In fact, it should enhance it! When you spend a little time on yourself, and making sure you’re happy you’re going to be more efficient and more fun to be around.
A great way to focus on yourself it to leave a little extra time each day to pamper yourself, or to improve yourself. This could be anything from painting your nails to doing a workout at the gym. By giving yourself some pure you-time you should start to feel more balanced in your life before you even figure out how to balance the other three things!
Alright babes, I hope you found this article helpful! Balancing multiple things on your plate can be stressful, but it is totally doable! With these tips you should be able to find a good balance for you, and be a little less overwhelmed.
If you have any questions or want to chat you can message me or leave a comment down below!
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