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According to a 2013 survey by Citigroup and Seventeen magazine, nearly 80 percent of students in the U.S. work at least part-time. At CHCP we understand this jam-packed schedule can be difficult to balance, especially as you try to leave space to have a personal life or explore hobbies. But it doesn't have to be emotionally or physically overwhelming if you know how to keep the responsibilities of school, life and work in proper order.
To assist, here are four handy tips for maintaining balance in all aspects of your daily life:
"A 2013 survey found that 80% of students work at least part-time."
1. Utilize proper time management
Even if you've got plenty of studying and a full work shift in front of you, getting everything done boils down to timing. There are several easy methods you can implement to improve how you utilize your precious time. Whatever you've got on your plate, be sure to make a schedule. The more thorough it is, with every homework assignment, class, meeting, work shift and personal engagement included, the more likely you'll make time for what needs to be done. It might also help to make a weekly to-do list. If you can break up tasks into smaller components, then everything won't seem quite as overwhelming. However, t's important to make sure you never waste time organizing when you could be completing tasks.
2. Learn to prioritize effectively
As mentioned above, relying on a schedule is always a good way to keep your personal universe in order, and part of schedule-making is prioritizing. If it helps, use a color coded system on your weekly schedule and distinguish the most important tasks from the least important. That way, you'll complete the things that impact your life the most, and any remaining time can be used to tackle more carefree pursuits. If you really want to excel at prioritizing, then you must learn to say no. As much as you want to see your friends whenever possible, decline any visits until you've completed your homework or other responsibilities. That way, nothing will distract you until you're ready to have fun.
3. Build yourself a support team
It's been said that no person is an island, and that's especially true when you're trying to balance a full schedule of work and school. It's important to have the right network to help you during your daily routine. The first step is to sit down with friends and family and share with them what your schedule looks like. By recognizing what you've got to do each day or week, this group can better understand your efforts. Some people might offer assistance, like cooking dinner or helping with chores, while others may just understand why you can't go out Thursday evening. Even the occasional bit of moral support or encouragement can make an extra busy week seem less stressful.
4. Get a good's night rest
As Health magazine pointed out, sleep has a wide array of benefits, including improving your memory, helping to prevent certain diseases, bolstering creativity and sharpen your attention span. No matter what you have to accomplish, getting eight hours of shut-eye will make you more effective the next day.