Every person in college can relate how it is sometimes difficult to balance work and school.

Often, it’s more than just school and work, there is life in general to balance too. As adults, we have responsibilities that require attention whether we want to or not. Whether you are in part-time or full-time studies, the stress is still present when you have to manage school and working any job at the same time.

Tuition fees are definitely a factor for why students might have to work at the same time of their studies. However, going to college is an investment because you put in time, effort and obviously money for your education. In the end, with successful completion, you are given a specific skillset to be able to begin a new career. This is why it’s important to find the proper balance! So that your hard-work and investment literally pays off.

Don’t be scared! The good news is that anything is possible. Being a student is challenging and rewarding at the same time. It’s easy to say, “I can do it”, but it’s definitely harder to do than to say. If you put your mind to it and set goals, you can truly achieve anything. Read below to see the simple ways to find a balance between your work, school, and everything life!

Start by finding the best way to keep yourself organized.

Some people do this simply by writing things down. Some are more visual and need to see information literally in front of them, such as lists. Others are completely digital and enjoy virtual organization! There are many different ways that people can stay organized. Find what works for you and invest in the necessary tools to help you keep track of your schedule as a student and employee. This could include; an agenda, a calendar, a mobile app, a simple notebook, a specific electronic device, etc.

Obtain important school dates as early as you can.

Often enough, classes have a syllabus or schedule for the entire school year explaining the curriculum for the semester. This can be used to your benefit by taking note of the important dates. You’ll not only stay prepared, but will also be able to let your employer know ahead of time of these dates so you can take the necessary time off. It’s also important to take into consideration your study time to prepare for important dates or tests and quizzes. Study time is something you should definitely use time off work for too.

Practice your priorities.

Work and school can be overwhelming. Any other responsibilities on top of that can be difficult to manage too. With a lot on your plate, it’s a good idea to make use of your precious time. There are times when you may want to avoid school and do something other than school work with your free-time, but what you should remember is that school is your investment. It should be top priority and always number one on your list. Practice prioritizing so that you can fit all of your life the way you want, school, work and all.

Keep time for yourself.

Being a student can be stressful. It definitely requires a certain lifestyle that also requires sacrifice. Don’t let that sacrifice keep you from things that make you the happiest. No one is perfect and it’s okay! Focusing on time for yourself can reduce stress levels which is important because stress will only hold you back from achieving your goals. Find time to do something for yourself whether it is taking a bath, going for a walk, reading a book, anything. It doesn’t have to last a long time, but enough to make you feel good!

Being a student and balancing a busy life requires a lifestyle. Make it a lifestyle you like, that makes you happy and that you can thrive in.