Have you taken the first step toward securing your dream job and started taking night classes? Congratulations! By now, you may be wondering if it’s all worth it. With heavy demands of both work and school, it may seem like you’ve started a second career! You’re not wrong. School is a job all by itself and should be treated as a job. Here’s a few Q & As to help you balance work and school:

Q: What can I do to make sure my work and school juggling act goes smoothly?

A: First things first. You must take care of yourself. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the key to being successful at both school and work. It will help you reach your academic and professional goals. Try to keep it simple:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise 3 times a week
  • Get a good night’s sleep

Second, organization is essential. While it’s impossible to plan for everything, keeping to a set schedule will help reduce your stress level. Try these tips to help you handle stress wisely:

Stay organized by planning out your assignments for school, home and work.

Keep a daily ‘To Do’ List for each segment of your life. And don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t complete every task on your list each day. Remember, you’re only human.

Don’t forget to plan down-time for yourself. You’re juggling a lot. You’ll need to relax and decompress regularly.

Q: My boss asked me to work late, but I can’t because I have class. How do I say no without seeming as though my job isn’t important to me?

A: The key to saying no to your boss is to never actually say no. Instead, tell your boss that you can’t work late tonight and quickly follow up by telling him how you can solve the problem. Perhaps you can come in early in the morning or work through lunch instead. By offering alternatives to staying late, you’re showing that you’re more than willing to go the extra mile!

And when the going gets tough, remember why you’re doing it. By taking on work and studies at the same time, you’re accepting a challenge that most people don’t dare to attempt. But, you wouldn’t be doing it if you didn’t have strong reasons and motivation. Keep your goals in mind whenever it starts to feel like too much and as long as you have your eye on the prize, you’re destined for success!