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Uni Work vs Work Life Balance

I think the title of this blog post says a lot… Depending on what you want to do after university, you may want to consider getting a part time job/running a small business/applying for internships etc… alongside your studies. Finding the right balance between these two activities is hugely important! At the start of second year, lots of people on my course (which is 3 years long in total) were applying for summer internships. The amount of time and effort it takes to competently and successfully complete several internship applications is huge, and as a result can often distract from studies, so finding the right balance is key.

A lot of this balancing comes down to managing time. Allocating time ahead of time for ‘work’ (be that applying for internships, running a business, having a part time job, volunteering etc…), and sticking to that plan is something that’s helped me!

My starting point is my university timetable. Once my university timetable is published I’m able to see when I’ll most definitely be busy with university work. From there, I can see which days I have very little (or nothing) on, and these are the days I know I’m available to travel/have meetings etc… The remainder of the time I tend to divvy up on a weekly basis (as workload from week to week at university and work can vary greatly!).

Prioritising is another good method. For example, a lot of my work has to take place between 9am and 5pm, as that’s when people are at work. Conversely, my university work can be done at any time, so if I’m not in a seminar/lecture/test I tend to (but don’t always) prioritise work over university work between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

I’m sure there are a million methods on how to efficiently manage your time, but this is the one that seems to work for me. Just wish I had the will power to wake up at the same time every day to make it more efficient!

That’s all for now,

Tom.

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