When you have to study and work at the same time, you face a lot of challenges that may seem to be unmanageable at first sight. This task becomes even harder for those who, apart from work and college, have a family and kids to care for. The number of things to do on a daily basis, in this case, is truly overwhelming. But still, there is a chance to do this successfully if you make some proper steps.
Tips to Effectively Manage Work and School
- Make a list of your duties: pay attention to those you do 3 or more times per week (such as cooking dinner, taking your kids to school, writing your coursework, preparing for the classes, etc). Start with the tasks you absolutely have to accomplish and put non-obligatory ones in the end of your list.
- Reprioritize your tasks and get support: do it whenever you can. If you see that there are any responsibilities you can delegate to your family members, don’t hesitate to do this. You don’t have to do everything just because everyone is used to that. After all, you can’t physically prepare your coursework after work and cooking dinner at the same time. Have your spouse or kids do it for you. If needed, break down the tasks you delegate into smaller steps to make it easier for them to accomplish. In this case, you will be able to study and write your papers in the evening and even have some time to take some rest. It will let you better handle your mandatory tasks and get a deeper understanding of the information you have to learn.
- Cut down the time on home duties: if there are the tasks only you can do, think if you can do them less often. If possible, cut down the time or frequency.
- Develop your plan further: take more or less responsibilities when you feel like doing it. Be flexible with your plan. Remember that things can change and you have to be ready for that.
- Be grateful: It can be hard for your spouse or kids to take on some of your responsibilities. Remember about it and be grateful to them for assisting you. Always express your gratefulness.
Of course, it isn’t an easy task to balance your duties at work, college and home. But if you attain the skills that will let you prioritize, delegate, be flexible and thank others, it won’t be as hard as it seems. Apply these steps to find more free time for getting a degree, strike a proper balance among all your responsibilities, and take your career to the next level!