How Working Students Can Get Back On Track After The Holidays

Written by, Jesica Tairoski

Getting back into the groove of things after having the holidays off can be tough. When school, the one part of the balancing act has been out for a few weeks, we have had more time to relax and maybe got a little too comfortable.

Balancing school, work, a social life and personal time can be tricky.

Speaking from experience, I know it can be very difficult, so I’ve pulled together a few ways for students can make life easier. Courtesy of John McClung’s article, 5 Ways to Maintain Balance Between Work, School, and Life.

Multi-tasking is a skill that most students have mastered. We have to! With so many things going on in our lives, it can be hard to keep track of everything at once. To keep from feeling stressed we need to have great time management skills, which can be achieved by:

Keeping An Updated Schedule

With several classes, extra, curricular activities, part-time work, going to the gym, having a social life, and having personal time, your to-do list is very long and only growing. Make sue of that phone that’s always in your hands by scheduling time for all of your needs. Mark down due dates and work shifts while also adding time slots for homework, time for friends, and time for yourself. This will make your life manageable by planning out each day and staying on task, as it is easy to get behind.

Don’t Procrastinate

Staying motivated can be hard. Even with an organized schedule, nothing is possible without a positive attitude. Getting behind on school can lead to your planned schedule being out of sync. Falling behind on assignments can cut into important parts of your day/week that is crucial like your personal time to relax. Setting goals is important to keep motivated. When things get tough, I always remind myself that my hard work will pay off in the end.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

We all know that we need 8 hours of sleep every night, but do we follow through with this? As a student, I know about the late-night cram sessions before an exam or finishing an assignment but getting enough sleep is crucial to function properly throughout the day. Taking the time to improve quality of sleep reduces stress levels and allows for clear thinking. Binge-watching Netflix can wait. Your sleep is more important!

Time For Yourself

Stress can sometimes get the best of us. It is important to remember we are not going through it alone. It is extremely important for our well-being to have time set aside from work or school and take a moment to relax alone, or with important people in your life. Talking about your stresses with these people can be a good way to relieve that stress and clear your head. Never be afraid to get advice on things that are troubling you. Seeking help from a guidance counselor at your academic institution is always a good idea if you feel stressed or are falling behind. A professional’s advice can be valuable at this time.

This new year, create time for something that matters… You!

Following these tips can be a great gateway to bettering your life by being organized. Wishing all students the best of luck this semester. You can do this!

Jesica Tairoski is the acting Secretary of the Markham Community Wellness Group (MCW)