How to Balance School & Work
Last updated July 11, 2022
Many high school and college students take on part-time jobs in addition to being students. While this is common, it can be overwhelming and stressful! Here are some tips for balancing school and work, and succeeding in both!
Maintaining a busy schedule requires lots of organization, planning, and time-management. Use a calendar or app on your phone to schedule all of your daily tasks to stay organized. Make sure to include all of your homework assignments, exam dates, study time, work schedule, extracurricular activities, and social plans. Review your schedule everyday and make adjustments as needed.
Learn how to prioritize
Knowing how to prioritize your school and job 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 okay! Focus on the urgent tasks first, then the important tasks after - everything else can wait.
Take care of yourself
When you are juggling work and school, it can seem impossible to take time for yourself, but it is important to have “me time” (even if you have to schedule it) to help manage your stress and keep from burning out. Try to always get a good night’s sleep, get fresh air, and take downtime from work and school to refresh. If you have a hobby or activity that helps you destress and recharge, make time for that, too!
Have a support system
Having a strong support system is critical when working and going to school at the same time. When challenges inevitably arise, don’t feel like you have to go at it alone. Reach out to your support system - like friends, family, or even a trusted educator or co-worker - for advice and support.
Know when to make adjustments
Balancing a packed schedule will 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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