6 tips to achieve optimal College,Work and life balance

Work,College and Life balance6 tips to achieve optimal College,Work and life balance

Today, there are many individuals who are working to fund their studies, either full time or part time. While for many people it is impossible to study and work at the same time, others have no option, as they need income to pay for their tuition and other basic needs.To succeed,you need know how to achieve college,work and life balance.

Due to advances in technology, the borders between our personal lives and work have become more blurred, as there are more opportunities to engage in work or study anytime, anywhere, with most people now working 24/7. Individuals no longer have to attend college or work in person, as they can study and work online from anywhere.

"You will never be truly satisfied by work until   you are 
satisfied by life." 
—Heather Schuck-

Many employees are going back to college  to increase their qualifications to give them a competitive edge in building a long, successful career. Currently,most CPA and Graduate students are balancing family, work and studies.

However, very often, most people prioritize work and academics at the expense of personal factors, including relationships, and exercise. This can lead to many negative professional and personal outcomes,such as  lower job & life satisfaction, lower career commitment, chronic stress, decline in academic performance, as well as general health and well-being, critical to optimal productivity and academic functioning.

While many people experience this conflict at some point of their lives, it is important to restore balance before the negative effects take hold. To succeed, one should be motivated, disciplined and be able to prioritize all essential ingredients.

"Happiness is not a matter of intensity, but of 
order, rhythm and harmony."
—Thomas Merton-
6 tips to achieve optimal College,Work and life balance

While managing the multiple demands of your career, college, and personal life can be challenging, you can be successful if you keep the following tips in mind:

1.Time management
Time management is one of the key ingredients to professional and academic success. You should therefore plan your time and concentrate your efforts on what is most important. Below are some steps you can follow:

    • Prioritize tasks.
    • Plan your schedule & make a day or weekly to-do list.
    • Set goals and deadlines for each project or course.
    • Stick to schedule.
    • Assess the amount of time you waste.
    • Avoid perfectionism.
"Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do 
anything with it".
 -M. Scott Peck

2.Beware of too much stress
While small amount of stress can be good, motivating you to perform well, too much stress can push you beyond your ability to cope. Chronic stress is associated with serious health complications, including:

    • Anxiety & panic attacks.
    • Sleeplessness.
    • Allergic reactions, such as asthma or eczema.
    • Physical problems such as headaches, chest pains or stomach aches.
    • Excessive drinking, smoking, drug use and overeating.
    • Depression, moodiness & irritability.
    • A feeling of being constantly pressured, hurried and hustled.
“Stress acts as an accelerator: it will push you   either 
forward or backward, 
but you choose which direction.”
-Chelsea Erieau-

You should not wait until stress damages your health, relations ,and  quality of life. Managing stress will help you reset and recalibrate your alarm system.

Ways to relieve stress
    • Ensure you exercise regularly, eat healthy, and get plenty of sleep.
    • Take breaks from studying, working, listening to news including the social media. Do things that you enjoy,particularly outdoor events.
    • Make the best out of stressful circumstances -be optimistic- your outlook, attitude, and thoughts influence the way you see things.
    • Learn ways to relax your body and  mind through meditation, massage,yoga, and breathing exercises.
    • Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse.
    • Practice positive self-talk, and talk to your friends or loved ones.
    • Recognize when you need more help and ask for help. People who have a strong network of family and friends manage stress better.

3.Strive to be a high achiever ,not a perfectionist
Perfectionism makes people do more than they can do well, putting their health at risk, and undermining performance and productivity. It is usually fueled by the need for others’ approval.

While many perfectionists believe that they will only find success  through giving 100% to every assignment, project, or cause, studies have shown that perfectionist attitudes interfere with success by leading to low self-esteem, rigidity, guilt, anxiety, demotivation, procrastination, eating disorders, relationship problems, and compulsive behaviors.

Though it is good to strive to do the best you can ,you can be a high achiever without being a perfectionist. This can be achieved by knowing your limitations and practicing the following behaviors:

    • Setting standards that are high but achievable.
    • Monitoring your positive and negative thoughts.
    • Enjoying the process, not just the outcome.
    • Reacting positively to constructive feedback.
    • Viewing mistakes as opportunities for learning and growth.
"Perfectionism rarely begets perfection,
or satisfaction"- 
only disappointment".
- Ryan Holiday-

4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Your physical, mental and emotional well-being play a major role in your academic, personal and professional success. You should therefore take time to maintain an active healthy lifestyle by:

    • Making time for yourself.
    • Exercising and eating healthily.
    • Enjoying time spend with your family and friends.
    • Making time to grow emotionally and spiritually.
    • Sleeping regularly.
"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and
– Mahatma Gandhi-

5. Learn to say No
Meeting your responsibilities at home, work and college is challenging, so learn to say no to  new initiatives at work, home or in the community. Once your workload reduces, you will have enough time to volunteer. Most problems people encounter are caused by not saying no soon enough, but saying yes too quickly.

“What you don’t do determines what you can do.”
-Tim Ferriss-

6. Be content with where you are.
Don’t worry about what you aren’t doing. Stay focused on the task at hand-don’t worry about work when you’re in class or studying, and don’t let work or college interfere with spending quality time with your family and friends.

"Therefore,I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothes?” -Matthew 6:25


College ,Work and Life balance

College ,Work and Life balance

College ,Work and Life balance

College ,Work and Life balance

College ,Work and Life balance



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