Juggling School and a Job
What is something that most everyone in college struggles with? No, it is not roommates or being away from home for the first time. It’s time management.
I have struggled with time management, and I am sure that most of my peers have too. Throw a job in the mix and your schedule can get pretty crazy.
As a freshman, I moved five hours away from home to attend Angelo State University. I was ready to be independent and start my college career. When I came to school I also had a job through ASU lined up. I wasn’t going to have my mom help me remember what I had to do, so I had to learn the importance of time management. I believed in myself that I could handle everything and I’ll be honest—it was tough.
What I learned in a little amount of time was that each of my responsibilities needed my undivided attention throughout the day.
In the past, I used to give more attention to my friends and social life because it was my first time ever being alone. Rather than worry about everything going on at once, I took the time to prioritize and set aside times to work on different tasks. This is how I learned to manage my time. Since my freshman days, I have only gotten better at managing my “free” time every day.
Juggling school and a job sounds terrifying, but the task can be conquered. It might not seem like it, but time management is a skill that you can carry on with you anywhere. There will always be times when life gets crazy. Don’t let the craziness overwhelm you.
Here are four steps to take to be a time management whiz while maintaining school work, a job and a social life.
- When it’s time for class, get up and go. There should not be an excuse for not going to class (unless there is an emergency). As students, our No. 1 job is to attend class and be on track to graduate. School should be a top priority.
- When it’s time to go to your job, you shouldn’t worry about anything else. A job will have its own responsibilities that come with it, so it’s not time to worry about school or anything else going on.
- Dedicate specific time in the day to review course material and do homework. You can focus solely on each class and stay on top of material. You can even use interactive tools like this one to help you plan out your time.
- Just because there is a lot going on at school and work doesn’t mean that your social life has to diminish. Make sure to get all of your work done and then enjoy free time and hangout with friends. You can still have plenty of fun in your life but remember to use your time wisely.
Always remember—time is precious and essential. We only get one life and we have to learn to make the most of it.