Academics, athletics, student organizations, volunteering… add a part-time job to the mix and it may feel like a one-way trip to a mental breakdown. But that doesn’t have to be the case, as long as you know how to manage your time and prioritize your responsibilities. To celebrate the National Student Employment Week, let’s take a look at how you can keep both a part-time job and peace of mind while going to school.
Organize Your Schedule
We aren’t going to tell you to buy a planner or sync every day of your life with an online calendar, although it can work well for some people. To truly organize your schedule you have to go back to the basics and determine what should and shouldn’t be on there in the first place.
It might be tempting to want to get involved in anything and everything, but you only have 24 hours in a day. Determine your limits and then prioritize the responsibilities that fall within them.
Unless you’re a varsity athlete or an avid gym-goer, you’re likely not getting the exercise your body and mind need. Lack of movement is directly linked to high stress and even depression and will negatively affect other aspects of your life.
College presents plenty of opportunities to get up and moving. Whether it’s the school gym or intramural sports, every student should be able to find something that fits their interests. Even simply going for a walk or a run can help clear your mind. The best part — it’s free!
Develop Good Habits
This one is easier said than done, but it doesn’t mean it’s not worth a try. Human beings are creatures of habit, and creating good ones is much easier than changing bad ones. For example, try to get enough sleep. It might be especially challenging around midterms and finals, but this is exactly why you need to organize your schedule. Developing a more consistent study pattern during the semester could mean less cramming at the end of it, which will leave time for sleep and lead to a better performance on that paper or exam.
Now that you know how to manage your stress, it’s time to find a part-time job that won’t add to it. If you’re looking for great pay, flexible schedule and valuable professional B2B experience, check out Be Your Own Boss, a new college program by TransNational Payments.