Prioritize: Here’s a secret: Everyone struggles with this balance, from the most successful CEOs to recent college grads starting their first jobs. Where do you start? First, determine what is most important to you. Make a list of what you absolutely can’t live without and plan to work in those activities along with studying. Do you love spending time with your family? Cooking? Going out with friends? Traveling on the weekends? Determine what you can give up and what you absolutely can’t live without. Read on to learn the magic word that will help you balance school and life.
Say No: Once you’ve created your list of priorities, start saying no to things that would detract from time that needs to be spent studying online and that doesn’t align with your priorities. It’s hard, and seems selfish at first, but you’ve invested in your career and you deserve to give yourself the best chance of success. Forbes says to, “Focus on the people and activities that reward you the most.” You can’t do it all, so don’t stress yourself out trying to fit everything in. Just pick the best of the best.
Plan: Make a schedule and stick to it. Don’t forget to tell your employer that you’ve started studying for an online degreel; they may be able to let you create a schedule that better suits hours you need to dedicate to your coursework. Try to ignore distractions, like social media, that may keep you from being productive. Set goals or deadlines for yourself each week and assess what works best for you, tweaking your schedule as you progress.
Take Time to Exercise: You don’t have to be a workout fanatic, but it’s important, both for your physical and mental health, to exercise. Bonus: You’ll get some feel-good endorphins at the end of a workout. At least two or three days a week, for about 30 minutes, try to move around. Take a yoga class. Run around your neighborhood. Go for a hike or walk. Invite friends or family to join you as your exercise. You might even be able to listen to a lesson while exercising.
Even the most successful people struggle to achieve balance and you will continue to gain responsibility as you advance your career. By the time you complete your online degree, you will have not only gained new knowledge, but also time management skills. Figure out what works for you and stick to it. We know you will be successful.