Getting involved in higher education is a noble pursuit. If you have a full-time job and family to take care of, however, you may feel like you are crumbling under the pressure. Finding balance in your life between work, family, and school will relieve you of this burden so you can offer your best work no matter where you are.

Make a Plan

You should start by planning out your average week. Block off time for classes and work first, then attribute the rest of your time to one of these three goals. You should add in time for sleeping, eating, and personal time to relax (you wouldn’t want to burn yourself out).

Once you have created your plan, you should stick to it each day. This will help you work effectively and keep your mind engaged in the work you are doing at the time. Choose a specific day of the week to update your plans as necessary.

Take Online Classes

Going on campus for school can be inconvenient if you have a busy work schedule. Your college may be out of the way and you may not have time to travel between your work and the campus building. Thankfully, many schools offer digital options for convenience.

Online courses give you more flexibility and the ability to learn at your own pace. You can also “attend” class from any building or location so long as you have a working internet connection. This is effective if you travel a lot for work, or if it isn’t practical for you to be in a classroom.

Ask for Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice! Going to college can feel overwhelming on its own—let alone having a full-time job. You should consult with other people who have been in your position before to see how they coped and what helped them. They likely will be glad to help you navigate this stressful period in your life.

Communicate with your teachers and boss as well. Let them know your current situation and see what they can do to accommodate your position. Many professors have helpful resources and office hours you can reach out to get further guidance.

In doing these things, you are placing your priorities in the right place. You will more effectively use your time and may receive additional guidance from your peers and mentors. Don’t be afraid to try online classes if campus life is too hard to work into your schedule, and things should turn out perfect.

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