Working to study and working to earn money are two completely different things. But what if you woke up one day and decided that you wanted to do both? Be honest, writing a thesis while keeping up with a deadline is no piece of cake. Having a job while being in school full-time can be a bit challenging, but it certainly doesn’t mean that it cannot be done! Do you need help with balancing your work and your studies? Here are a few things you can do:
Separate Your Work
Work in a compact but spacious area where your studies and your work are neatly separated. As they always said, you need to know how to “separate work and play”. In the same sense, you must know how to separate your studies from your job or else things can get pretty chaotic and the only one that’s left stressed is you. Believe me, and I speak from experience when I tell you that you shouldn’t undermine working from home. It may sound glamorous, I will agree, but it takes just as much effort and sometimes time just like a regular day job!
I understand that it’s so easy to give in to the power of the television (or even just your bed, to take naps) when you are a busy student trying to finish a thesis and meet deadlines for work, too. One of the most tempting things to do is kick back and relax. But trust me, they are like tricksters in disguise! Once you sit in front of that TV and get hooked on whatever it is you’re watching, you can be sure to lose not only minutes but several hours.
Get Out Once in a While
I’m sure you will understand that claustrophobic feeling that I will talk about if you’re used to working in a tight space or a specific room in the house all day. Being stuck in a small place for too long can be very stressful not only to your body, but your mind as well. So do yourself a favor and step out of your house once in a while – soak up some sun, meet some friends for coffee or go out to watch the latest movie playing! When you are not stressed, you work better and it can greatly help you adjust with working while studying.
Get Some Free Time for Yourself
Obviously, juggling two different things at the same time is not easy. Make a list of the things that you need to get done for work and school and put the ones that you feel that are most important at the top of the list. Set aside time for each of those tasks and make sure to follow it (remember, avoid temptations!). Distribute your tasks within the day in a manner that will not leave you burnt out by the time the day ends.
Keep Yourself Motivated
Doing two things at once can be very tiring and when you are, it easily shows in the way you put out work. That’s why it is also equally important that you do something for yourself to help keep your enthusiasm alive. You need the drive to be able to do something greatly, and since you are working WHILE studying, you need twice the amount. So don’t forget about yourself and do something for your enjoyment, too. Meet up with friends, go walk outside, nature is a very good source of inspiration! The choice is really up to you.
Kimberly Darvin is a graduate of AB Media Arts from Southville International School and Colleges and has keen interests in the fields of Literature and Photography. She currently works from home as a content writer for Gadget Sure UK and Online-Jobs.Ph (www.online-jobs.ph).
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