Juggling Life, Work and Study

Hoping to juggle all the things in your life in a way that doesn’t cause a breakdown? Read on for some excellent tips on how to do it all:

Rise and Shine
They say the early bird catches the worm and this is true in the context of finding more time to do things. We’re not saying you should cut a huge amount of sleep out – that would just be unhealthy and make life stressful – instead, try waking up just 15 to 30 minutes earlier. You’d be surprised just how much extra time this gives you to get things done in!

Do Your Homework
You know you need to study, but you just can’t be bothered because you can catch up at the end of the week, right? Wrong! Set a certain number of hours per day and stick to it. If you don’t, you’ll be cramming at the end of the week, month or semester and you’ll regret it. In fact, people that do this usually fall behind… if they don’t let the pressure of so much work get to them and quit beforehand. If you’re a parent, why not draw some inspiration from your kids (and give them some too) and do some study while they’re doing their homework!

Schedule it in
When you were a kid, did your Mom or Dad made a chores chart and pin it to the wall? If so, did it make you take those chores more seriously and actually do them? Yep, me too! So, why not do the same as an adult, in order to motivate you into doing all those adult chores you need to do. In fact, do it for everyone in the household. Splitting household chores into manageable tasks that everyone can participate in means you’ll have a smooth running household, less stress and more time. Charting it up and displaying it in a spot where everyone can see it will motivate the whole family.

Take a Break
With all the time-saving strategies above, you’ll have plenty of time to study and get things done. Don’t forget though that you need to take a break every now and then! This couldn’t be more true than when you’re in the thick of a busy study period, when you feel obliged to just sit and study for hours on end. While distraction can be… well, distracting, it is really important to at least get up and stretch, have a drink of water and walk around a bit at intervals during study sessions.

Don’t Delay in Asking for Help
If I had a dollar for every time I thought I’d have to quit a course because I was so far behind and believed I’d never catch up, I’d be able to buy a few rounds of beer for you, me and the next guy who goes through the same thing! Thankfully, on each occasion, I eventually asked for help (usually in the form of an extension) and was always surprised at how willing and happy my tutors were in helping me out. For your sake though, ask for help earlier than I used to, as it really is worth it. The same goes for if you feel like you don’t understand a concept or anything else. Ask your tutor, ask fellow students, ask family and friends or even the neighbor – just don’t do it alone if you can’t.

Stay Healthy
It goes without saying that being unwell costs a lot of time, so staying healthy will ensure you don’t fall behind with study, work or life – simple!

Study with Someone Else
If a problem halved is a problem solved, then a concept shared is learned in half the time too! That’s because studying with someone else can help you understand the material faster, as you bounce concepts off of each other and explain or learn together. Also, you learn a huge amount of what you teach to others, so even if you’re doing more teaching than learning, it’s all beneficial. Just don’t fall into the trap of gossiping or chatting too much, instead of studying!

Reward Yourself
If you feel like study or work is taking too much put of your free time, but you know you need to keep going, make sure you reward yourself with each achievement milestone, even if it’s a small step. Not only will this keep you motivated, but it will also help to make it feel like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. With each reward, you know you’re getting one step closer to your goals.

 

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