Finding a healthy balance between work, life and studies
With the advent of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robots in the workplace more are expected of humans. We’ve moved from just doing to thinking and creating. But to liberate this human potential, the quest for knowledge must be an on-going endeavour.
In fact, the concept of education as we know it is under scrutiny. It’s not a linear trajectory. There are laneways and alleys to venture into. That’s life-long learning.
As technology grows pervasive at the workplace, at times displacing people, there’s increasing recognition of the importance of upskilling and reskilling. But as working adults, this is challenging. There are competing demands, some urgent, others critical to keeping you on the treadmill of life. As educators and trainers, we recognise this dilemma students face. If you’re reading this, you may be one of the thousands searching for a solution. Let’s look at what you can do to have a healthy balance between work, life and studies.
1. Personal well-being
This sits right at the top of things you can do. Unless you’re physically, mentally and emotionally fit, no regime or routine can work. Maintaining your personal well-being is probably one of the few factors you can control, albeit, not completely. To keep the engine running smoothly, you’ve got to service it. Hence, take time out to exercise, unclog the mind, which can get easily cluttered with work and studies as well as maintain a healthy social network.
2. Avoid over-committing
Enthusiasm’s greatest foe is over-committing. Although it provides you with the injection of energy, at the start in the least, you might just end up biting more than you can chew. Fatigue will set in at some point in time. When it does, you’ll risk stagnation. Neither the heart nor the body may be willing. Run at your own pace. It’s more important for you to finish the race. As you finish one after another, you’ll get better at taking the next race. You’ll feel more driven too.
3. Make time your ally
Too often, we tend to treat time, specifically the lack of it, as a major barrier to achieving success. We know it ticks away regardless of what we do or don’t. You can’t stop this. Hence, instead of allowing the ticks to slip away, work with it. Proper time management begins with recognising the amount you have or should set aside for various activities. Failing to do this is equivalent to not having a budget to manage your finances. You’ll either spend it all or stash it aside with nothing or little to gain from. Adopt a project management mindset to the different things you have to do, especially in relation to your studies. By setting datelines and milestones, you’ll feel more in control of your time.
In as much as you would like to achieve your career goals as well as finish your studies, you’re limited by the amount of energy you’ve got – physically, mentally and emotionally. As mentioned, fatigue will set in if you do not take periodic breaks. These breaks are opportunities for you to refresh and recharge. Whether it’s an hour a day or a few days, they’ll put you in good stead for the next milestone of your journey. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
5. The right job makes a difference
Indeed, it’s important to ensure you have a job that pays for your studies as well as other commitments you have. Having said that, you’ve got ensure it gives you the time for your studies as well. You need some flexibility when needed, for example, when you need time off to prepare for exams or major assignments. On this note, it’s wise to inform your supervisor or manager of your studies. Their understanding and cooperation can make a huge difference in your pursuit.
Maintaining a healthy balance between work, life and studies don’t have to be an impossible task. You’ve just got to be pragmatic. Learn more about studying with us today and what upskill courses are available, contact Formation Training.