Working as a full-time student and maintaining a job is hard enough, but commuting makes things much more difficult. As a commuter, you may feel like your life is a giant balancing act, and it probably is. However, that does not mean you can’t accomplish everything. You just have to learn to properly manage your time.
Compact class schedule – A compact class schedule is key to good time management. Class registration becomes a hassle at times. It is extremely important to create a decent layout that benefits you as much as possible. If you can, try to take one day off. A day off from classes gives you extra time to do work that you didn’t have time for during the week.
Block it out – Keep your classes close together without too many gaps in between them. For example, I have three classes in a row on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Block schedules free up a large section of your day so that you can work more hours at a job.
Even though block schedules are helpful, I do not suggest scheduling more than three classes a day. Although it will give you more time to schedule work hours, it makes doing homework difficult if more than one assignment is due on the same day.
Travel time – It may sound silly, but be sure to include travel time in your schedule each day. This is one of the most important parts of managing time. It takes me 40 minutes to drive to school and 30 minutes to drive to work. Sometimes I completely forget to take into account the amount of time I need to travel to get to work and school. As a result, I end up being late to a shift or class.
Working and commuting is difficult, but it is manageable. You just have to make sure you stay organized and on top of things.
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