Are you a tired, jaded part-time student working full-time? We feel you! Being a university student is tough enough but you have chosen to live life on “hard” mode and juggle two things at once – work and studies. Props to you, it is truly not an easy feat.
If you are working full-time and are looking to upskill yourself by studying part-time, do take a moment to read our list of woes that you might face as a part-time student, and how we can help you overcome them.
1. Fighting Procrastination
You might be a rational decision maker by day, but after a full day stuck at your work desk, you might not be. At this point of time, scrolling through Instagram or Tik Tok might make more sense to you than starting on school work early. This is a prime example of procrastination, as your mind chooses immediate gratification over your obligations and responsibilities – rational thought is out of the window.
Want to beat procrastination? Do the Five Minute Miracle. The Five Minute Miracle involves you asking yourself what can you do in five minutes to ensure some kind of progress in your work. Once you have settled on what to do, set a timer for five minutes and spend the whole five minutes focused on the task. Studies have shown that you are more likely to finish the task rather than stop after five minutes due to a psychological phenomenon called the Zeigarnik effect.
2. Sleep Deprivation
Local news reports have stated that a study by health technology company Philips found that 51% of Singaporeans lost sleep over work, finances and Covid-19 related news in 2020, a 25% increase from 2019. Were you one of them? If you have suffered or are still suffering from sleep deprivation, it is probably due to the stress from work, school, combined with the pandemic and working in isolation. Your usual sleep routine might have also been disrupted during the pandemic due to a change in work environment or working hours.
Sleep deprivation is detrimental for full-time working adults and students, and it will impact you the most if you are juggling both. Now that the government has announced the easing of restrictions regarding working in the office, it is high time you readjusted your body clock to ensure maximum productivity for work and school. But how do you go about it?
The main cause of sleeplessness is stress. We understand that stress is inevitable with work and school, but it is necessary to stop the vicious cycle of stress and insomnia to protect your health. Try doing breathing and muscle relaxation exercises before bedtime to counter feelings of anxiety. Keep electronic devices and screens away from your bed as well so as to not interfere with your body’s production of melatonin – the hormone responsible for promoting sleep.
3. Time Management
Time is of the essence, but what happens when you have virtually no time? With work and school commitments, part-time students usually find themselves unable to have ample rest time and also complete their school assignments on time. Pulling all-nighters will ensure the completion of the assignment, but at the expense of your well-being and productivity at work the next day, yet another vicious cycle.
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