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How to juggle work, postgraduate study, and a social life

Lola Rutter

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If you are passionate about the subject you are studying at postgraduate level, your life will be made a lot easier. This is because knuckling down and studying will no longer feel quite like a chore. Instead, you will look forward to being the newest bookworm in town.

"Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working for something we love is called passion." Yet, life can still get in the way! So here are a few tips to juggling studying, working and trying to have some sort of social life in between.

Plan your time

One of the best ways to plan your time is by using a diary (or google calendar if you are ''tech savvy!''). At the beginning of the term, input all your classes, assessments, social events, working commitments and so on for the entire term into your diary. This will help you to know where you should be from week to week. In addition to this, each day write yourself a daily schedule and block about an hour or so a day to either catch up on work, research, planning of assessments or revision. This means when deadlines start to approach you are up to date and prepared. For more information on how to plan your time, visit The Education Corner.

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Make sure you choose a quiet place to study

It is key to have full concentration when studying, therefore it's important you’re in a quiet place so you can get your thinking hat on. However, NEVER DO YOUR WORK IN BED. This can prevent you from relaxing and turning off, making it harder for you to sleep at night. Some find it helpful to leave their home and work elsewhere to prevent distractions.

Communication

Sometimes life can become stressful and overwhelming (especially when trying to juggle a job, a postgraduate degree and some kind of social life). To prevent things from getting too much, talk to a loved one, a friend, or advisor. If they are aware of your busy lifestyle it means they will understand it better and be able to support you accordingly. As always said, ''communication is key!''

Set goals

Another way to keep up with postgraduate level workload is to set realistic goals. This will help you to track your progress and make your studying time more efficient. It can be effective to set goals inline with your schedule to provide a timeframe and ensure that enough time is set aside.
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Do not sacrifice too much

When setting these goals do make sure you are practical and still take into account your social life. Try not to get too caught up in your working and studying life and be sure to give yourself ‘me’ time. This could simply be a bubble bath or taking a trip to the cinema. As said by Michelle Obama, ‘’we need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.”

How to juggle work, postgraduate study, and a social life
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