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How to Work During School (And Not Go Insane) Maybe times are tough for you? Maybe mom and dad’s spending money is a little limited? Or maybe you are one of those people who has to support themselves? Maybe you have been given the even bigger task of supporting a family while you go to school. Working to support yourself or others can be tough. But by following a few of these rules you can have a happy, healthy, and sane experience. 1. Know Yourself, Know Your Limits. It is important to know yourself and to know your limits. You alone know the limits of the types of stress that your body can handle. Not knowing yourself is the worst thing that you can do because it leads to extreme stress. Most full time students typically find that working less than 20 hours is the best solution for them. If your economic situation requires that you work more than 20 hours you may want to consider continuing your education as a part-time student( This will allow you to earn good grades and stay healthy at the same time. 2. Know What Your Employer Expects From You Make sure to find out what your employer’s expectations are. Things like attendance policies and work schedules should be discussed immediately after your interview. Make sure that you know what days of the week are the busiest. Also make sure to know if your employer requires you to work holidays or not. 3. Make Sure Your Employer Knows You Are a Student, First and Foremost It is easy for an employer to forget that people have lives outside of work. It is especially easy for an employer to forget that if the person is an eager, fresh-faced young person without children to care for. Making your priorities known to your employer will help avoid any future issues and misunderstandings that may otherwise occur. 4. Set Aside Time to Study Make sure that you know how much you need to study. A good rule of thumb that has been suggested by many is the one to three rule. That is, for every hour you spend in class, you should be studying for at least three hours at home. But of course the amount of time you set aside to study should greatly depend on the difficulty of the course material and not just an arbitrary rule. Math and science courses will require much more devotion than other subjects.

5. Set Aside Time to Relax Many experts recommend setting at least an hour aside to relax every day. Put away your textbooks and try to relax for at least an hour every day. Try to arrange your schedule so that you have at least one day of rest every week where you do not have to go to work or school. If your religion requires you to observe a certain day of rest you may wish to choose your religious Sabbath as your day of relaxation. Your social life does not have to stop because you work and attend school. Use your day off as an opportunity to hang out with friends but remember that your day off is just that: your day off. As tempting as it may be to fill your time with extracurricular activities, be sure that you have time for yourself as well as your work and your studies. Making time for yourself is one of the best things you can do. Examples of relaxing activities can include reading, exercising, yoga, meditation, deep breathing, and other commonly practiced relaxation techniques. Your doctor is also a wealth of information for advice on how to de-stress your life.

How To Work During School (And Not Go Insane)