Have you ever seen a street performer juggle three or four balls in the air? It looks completely effortless but in reality, juggling is a pretty impressive featgive it a try and youll quickly realize!
Balancing school and a part-time job while maintaining healthy relationships with friends and family members can be just as tricky. Some people make it seem simple, but it actually takes a bit of practice to perfect. Here are a few ideas that can come in handy when juggling your commitments:
1. Determine your top priorities. For most high school students and traditional-aged college students, doing well in classes should be at the top of the list. This may not be the case for working adults with children, though. Figure out what is most important to you.
2. Create a weekly plan. Every weekend, write out a plan for the upcoming week ahead. If your work schedule never varies, plan even further ahead. Its tentative and things might change, but try your best to stick to the schedule that you created.
3. Inform your employer that you are a student. Working a part-time job during college is sometimes necessary, but a boss or company that understands youre in school is preferable. If you work full-time, let your supervisor know that you’re taking classes.
4. Dont knowingly over schedule yourself. Life isnt always predictable and things come up, but working a double shift so you can fill-in for a co-worker or agreeing to hit the bar with friends the night before you have a huge exam probably isnt a great idea. Stress is often self-induced thanks to our own crazy decisionswhy would you knowingly cause yourself grief?
5. Dont be afraid to say no. It really is okay to turn down last-minute invitations. Yes, people might get ticked off at you, but theyll get over it. Unless its an emergency, put your own needs first.
6. Study in a designated place. If youre able to study effectively in your room, more power to you. But even though reading and listening to podcast lectures while lying in your bed sounds comfy, being close to temptations like the TV, food, or other people might cause you to do something else. If thats the case, pick a place to studylike the library or an empty classroomand head there whenever its time to hit the books.
7. Take a break from Facebook and your other social media accounts. The world will most likely not come to an end if you dont reply to Facebook messages or tweets five minutes after you receive them. Log out of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and any other sites you frequent while youre working on schoolwork on your computer. Turn off push notifications on your phone apps, too.
8. Schedule going out or family / friends time every week. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, right? When you create your weekly plan, dont forget to pencil in some funwhether its hanging out with the fam, going out with friends, or enjoying a bit of me time.
9. Keep in touch with the people who care about you. If you live on campus, call your parents every now and thenweekly or every other weekto let them know whats going on in your life. Even if you text regularly, a phone call is a bit more personal and theyll love to hear your voice!
If you start to feel overwhelmed despite your attempts at scheduling, talk to someone you trust like a friend, relative, teacher or advisor. Their advice or just their friendly ear may help you figure out how to ease the stress thats going on in your life right now. If youre starting to feel physically ill or depressed due to the situation, seek professional attention from a physician or counselor.
Melissa Rhone earned her Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Tampa. She resides in the Tampa Bay area and enjoys writing about college, pop culture, and epilepsy awareness.
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