7 Tips to Help You Juggle Education and Work Successfully

It’s possible to excel as a student and an employee with the right strategy

7 Tips to Help You Juggle Education and Work SuccessfullyMany employees consider studying either for personal satisfaction or as a way of progressing their career, whilst at the same time many students in full time education have to work to make ends meet and support themselves through university or college. Whether you’re a student trying to work or a full-time employee trying to advance your education, juggling work and education is a significant challenge. It’s possible to excel as a student and an employee with the right strategy. If a lack of time is keeping you from doing both, take a moment to reconsider.

Try these techniques to manage both education and work:

1.  Create a compelling future. You’re taking on a big challenge. Consider why you’re doing it. Keep that big picture in mind when the going gets tough. When you find your enthusiasm starting to wane, come back to your vision for the future and recharge your resolve.

2.  Create a strategy. How many hours do you need to attend class and study? How many hours are required for your job? How much stress can you handle? While there are a few people that can attend education full-time while holding down a full-time job, it’s too much for many of us.

3.  Create a schedule that makes sense. Do you want to be on campus every day for an hour or two, or would you rather spend a longer period two or three days each week?

  •  At larger universities, you often have much more flexibility to create a class schedule that conforms to your work schedule.
  •  Speak to your employer. Many employers are willing to alter your work schedule to accommodate your education. It never hurts to ask.
  • Speak to your potential professors. Some professors are very accommodating if you need to miss a class. Others are not. Get a feel for how much flexibility you have regarding attendance.

4.  Make a list of potential conflicts. Do you have a dog or other pet that needs daily attention? Do you have a large yard to mow? Do you have children? Determine all the potential obstacles that could stand in your way.

  • Consider possible solutions. Perhaps it would help to hire a dog walker, lawn service, or baby sitter.

5.  Avoid wasting time. Humans are experts at procrastinating until the last moment and then getting everything done at once. You won’t have the same luxury. Identify the various ways you waste time and distract yourself from your work. It can require a lot of discipline, but learn to say “no” to distractions.

6.  Learn to manage your stress. You’re less productive once your stress levels rise beyond a certain point. Learning to control your stress is important if you’re going to get a lot of work done each day. Ensure you get enough sleep and take the breaks you need. A quick, 10-minute break can refresh your brain.

  • Get started today to learn a few stress reduction techniques and begin practicing!

7.  Focus on being smart rather than busy. It’s possible to be very busy but accomplish little. Spend your time wisely and in a way that will bring the greatest results. You can’t afford to squander your time and energy.

  • Make a list of the most important tasks for education and work. Focus your energy on those tasks.

Are you committed to being an employee and a student? You can do both if you set your mind to it and develop an intelligent approach. Create a schedule that works for your situation and treat your time and energy like gold. It’s important to make the most of every moment. You can successfully attend education and work!

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Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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10 thoughts on “7 Tips to Help You Juggle Education and Work Successfully

    • Thanks Patti, glad you liked them, you are so right about losing focus, it is very hard sometimes to focus on the ‘why we are doing something’ when we are upto our ears in the ‘what we are doing’

  1. Some great tips. I can be a terrible procrastinator especially when I have a long deadline. Don’t have that “luxury” at the moment so this is a very timely post. I especially like #7 and will endeavour to apply that over the next few days.