26 May

Research has shown that several people who are working in South Africa are either enrolled on an online course or are studying part-time. This is because many people are always upskilling themselves to stay in line with their evolving job industries.

This brings us to three main parts that make up a student’s life which consumes most of their time being work, study, and personal life. Work and study both can take up an ample amount of time and little time may remain for personal stuff. This is one of the major issues faced by those working and studying part-time. So the question is: How do one balance work, study, and personal life?

Many professionals opt for online or part-time courses to save time and to balance work, study, and personal life. In today’s blog, UASA has a few tips that you can consider to balance your work, study, and personal life when you enroll in an online or part-time course.

Do not procrastinate

Delaying things may lead to piling more and more work in the end. The main disadvantage of procrastination is that it only keeps adding more stress at the top of the daily workload. This is why you need to learn to prioritize and attend to your tasks as they come. Always wrap up your work during the day and week so that you can use the extra hours in the evening and weekend on your schoolwork.

Avoid multi-tasking

Though some may find it better to multi-task. However, the problem with multi-tasking is that it consumes more of your energy than usual and in many cases, it’s proven that it ends up taking more time to finish those individual tasks. The best way to complete a task is to finish it and then move to another one. Taking breaks is of course ok, as you don’t want to drain out all your energy however, try not to do everything at the same time. Create a list of your task and complete them accordingly.

Avoid distractions

Today, most of us get distracted from time to time by using social media or checking our mobile phones all the time. These things can distract you from the work you may be doing and can take a lot more time than usual to finish tasks. At the end of the day, when you are not done with particular tasks, this may leave you stressed. So, the focus is very important to complete one task and move to another.

Stick to a schedule 

The reason for that is that when you plan things, then you always stay informed. It means you know when you will be able to finish a particular assignment or college project. You can always include breaks or a small outing as part of the schedule. It will work as an incentive to stick to a schedule, knowing when to do what; otherwise, you may end up with a pile-up of work, including new stuff that you were not aware of because you didn’t create a schedule. Write things up, make notes, plan well, and you will find it much easier to balance your life between study, work, and personal life.

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