Many students also have to pursue full or part time employment in order to pay their living expenses or tuition. Additionally, most students wish to maintain an active social life filled with friends, family and other loved ones. This delicate balancing act can often seem like too much. Without discipline and making wise decisions grades can fall and performance at work can falter.
Pursue Flexible Hours
Flexibility will provide you with a high amount of control, both with your employment and your schooling. If you currently have a job, ask your direct manager if you can have more control over your hours. If you will be seeking a job, try to find one that will allow you to work around your school schedule. Retail, restaurant and other service jobs tend to have a higher degree of flexibility than office-based jobs.
When it comes to schooling, one of the best ways to have a degree of control and flexibility over your schooling is to take as many online classes as possible. If you are pursuing a human services masters degree, there will be plenty of online options to consider. An online school will allow you to study when it fits within your schedule. You will be able to coordinate your employment, social life and studies with a certain degree of time management.
Practice Time Management
Once you have your class and work schedule, sit down at the beginning of every week and complete a calendar with the hours that you’ll be working. Then, fill in any classroom hours you’ll have to attend. At this stage, you’ll be able to see any time gaps in your upcoming week. Use these time gaps to schedule time spent with your online classes. Some online classes will have rigid deadlines for homework or exams, keep these in mind as you complete your schedule. Maintain this schedule. It will take discipline and organization to stay on top of your employment and education. However, you will be able to excel and succeed in both arenas. If you are pursuing a bachelors in organizational leadership, creating and maintaining this schedule will help you prepare for your future career.
By maintaining this schedule, you’ll be able to find time to spend with friends and family. While it can be more difficult to schedule a social life, by scheduling everything else you are responsible for you will find time gaps that can be used to spend time with friends and family. Practice the crucial skill of time management in order to earn your degree, earn an income and spend time with loved ones.