Working while going to school means that you’ve always got a lot on your plate, and you probably find yourself often wishing that there are more than 24-hours in a day. Although we can’t create more time, we can get better at managing it.

1. Eliminate Distractions
Block out a portion of your day for homework and studying. During that time, put your phone on Do Not Disturb or turn it off. This will help keep you from checking social media, sending texts, and aimlessly browsing the web.

2. Stick to a Schedule
Begin with your work and school schedule, then set times for homework and studying. Fill in any leftover time with leisure and social activities. Although work and school should be your priority, it’s important to still make time for things you enjoy, when you can.

3. Create To-Do Lists
Every Sunday evening, create a list of things you need to get done that week. And, every evening, create a list of everything you need to get done the next day. This will help give you structure within your daily and weekly schedule.

4. Prioritize Tasks
Put the most important things that you have to get done at the top of your to-do lists. Things that are toward the bottom should get done if you have time or roll over to tomorrow’s to-do list.

5. Have a Routine
Once you create your schedule, stick to it, and repeat it. Your mind and body will get used to doing certain things at certain times of day, which will help keep you on track.

You don’t have to have a “no days off” mindset when working and going to school. Manage your time wisely and let your friends, family, and professors know when you’re feeling overwhelmed. It’s okay to take a day off to clear your mind so you can come back the next day at your best.

Good luck this semester, hard worker. You got this!

Bonus 3 Tips:

1. Meal Prep
Cooking meals can take a chunk of time out of your day and eating out takes a chunk out of your wallet. Prep meals on the weekends so you can grab and go during the week.

2. Wake Up Earlier
Don’t deprive yourself of sleep but do wake up earlier if you can. Even just an extra hour per day can make a huge difference in your schedule.

3. Ask for help
Ask your friends and family for some help around the house or running errands so you can focus on schoolwork. Make an appointment with your professor to go over a topic together instead of spending hours on it at home alone. The people in your life want to support you – let them!