Balancing Work, School, and Home Life this Holiday Season
The holiday season alone is enough to stress anyone out. But trying to balance work and school responsibilities during this time can cause added stress that no one needs. Finding the right balance between work, school, and home life isn’t always easy, but can be done. But how do you do it? We’re sharing a few tips to help you prioritize your time, and keep yourself on track!
Stick to a (Modified) Schedule
Try and give yourself some relief by sticking to a short-term, modified schedule – and be flexible! If your work schedule changes for Black Friday sales and pre-Christmas shoppers, you’ll have to make some changes to your study schedule. Every minute counts, so plan ahead and pack your study guides and reading materials for your lunch break or the bus ride into work. Use that time to review your materials and put a study plan into play. Setting realistic study goals will help you stay motivated to make it part of your (new, temporary) daily routine.
Add Color To Your Planner
With work, school, and family activities going on, it’s easy to miss something. Use a calendar or planner to make sure you don’t miss important homework deadlines or family gatherings. Categorize events with different colors so you can see what your schedule looks like at a glance. Quickly seeing what days are full – or when you have time to fill – will allow you to prioritize your time and will keep you on track.
Ask For Help When You Need it
If you need some help, ask! At home, delegate responsibilities to others who can help with the chores. At school, ask your instructors what specific topics to focus on, or for study guides to make the most of your study time. Need help with time management, or interviewing skills? Your Career Services advisor can help you put a career plan into place so you have a roadmap to reaching your goals. Setting small goals won’t seem overwhelming, and can help you balance your professional life and school with your personal and family responsibilities.
Finding the right balance this time of year can be a challenge. But, with the right mindset – and a little planning – you can continue to work toward your career goals!
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