How to Balance School & Work
Last updated September 11, 2023
If you’re a high school or college student who has a job, you may find balancing both a bit stressful sometimes. However, by incorporating some good habits and strategies into your routine, you can successfully manage both! Here are some tips on how to balance school and work.
Maintaining a busy schedule requires a good amount of organization, planning, and time-management. A good way to stay organized is to use a calendar or app on your phone to schedule all of your daily and weekly tasks. We recommend scheduling or noting everything you have going on, like your work schedule, upcoming homework assignments and exams, plans with friends, etc. Having a centralized place to look at all of your responsibilities in a week can help you plan a schedule that works for you!
Knowing how to prioritize your school and work responsibilities is an important skill. Review all the tasks on your daily schedule and identify which ones are urgent and must be completed immediately, and which ones can be saved for later. There will be days when you can’t tackle everything on your list, and that's totally okay! Focus on the most urgent and important tasks first– everything else can wait.
Take care of yourself
When you’re juggling work and school, it can seem difficult to take time for yourself, but it’s important to help manage your stress and avoid burning out. Try to always get a good night’s sleep and fresh air, and take downtime from work and school to refresh. If you have a hobby that helps you destress, make time for that, too!
Lean on your support system
Having a strong support system is important when working and going to school. When challenges arise, you don’t have to face them alone! Reach out to your support system– like friends, family, trusted educators, or co-workers– for advice and support.
Know when to make adjustments
Balancing a packed schedule can take time to adjust to. However, if you start to fall behind in school or are working too many hours at your job, talk to your boss and teachers immediately to explore ways to get back on track. If your responsibilities feel overwhelming for a prolonged period of time, it might be time to reevaluate your schedule.
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