Balancing School and a Job

Balancing School and a Job
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    If you’ve ever tried to work and attend school at the same time, you know it’s not for the faint of heart.

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Many individuals struggle to complete just one of the two major responsibilities each day, thanks to an abundance of additional time-consuming duties and obligations, such as childcare, commuting, cooking, and cleaning. There’s good news, however – not only does this juggling act not last forever, but there are a number of changes you can make to make your daily routine seem a lot less daunting. Here’s a look at how to manage a schedule that would make even the most ambitious individual want to dig a hole and hide inside.

Keep Your Expectations in Check

No one ever said going to school while holding down a job would be easy. The key to keeping it together is to accept that fact that it’s going to be hard. You’re going to sleep and exercise less. You’re going to curse when that alarm goes off at 6 am, but you’ve got to get up and get moving, just the same. If you’re only considering enrolling in school and haven’t yet officially done so, make a list of how you spend your time, and make special note of those responsibilities you simply can’t neglect. This will give you an honest idea of how much time you can realistically devote to your schooling.

Identify Your Goals

Don’t go back to school simply because you feel like you “should.” If you need additional skills to make more money in a given field, or you have a specific career path you’re dying to follow, it makes sense, but without a tangible reason for returning, it just might not be worth the investment of money and time.

Consider School Another Job

Don’t be misled by online classes. Some people are under the impression that online classes are easier than those in a traditional classroom environment, but this is far from the case. As online classes grow in popularity, schools that offer them are growing increasingly concerned with making sure their reputations are on par with “traditional” schools, and are intensifying their curriculum as a result.  Thus, whether you’re attending school on campus or online, treat it like a job and give it the same degree of dedication.

Remember You’re Not Alone

If you’re tackling both school and a job at the same time, you’re probably going to need some help, and you can’t be afraid to ask for it. Whether that involves complimentary childcare, grocery shopping assistance, or something else entirely, ask your friends and family for a hand, and be sure to thank them both before and after you’ve completed your educational responsibilities.

While attending school while working at the same time isn’t easy, it also doesn’t last forever. Take these tips into account next time you’re feeling stressed and remember – there are many others in the exact same boat.

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