Manage your Work/Study/Life Balance
Published 7th Nov 2016. Updated 16 Jan 2018
7 Ways MBA Students Effectively Balance Work, Life & Study
We won’t lie – an MBA isn’t for the faint of heart. Not only does it require passion and a keen sense to learn, but also a strong sense of self-discipline. That being said, with the right work-life balance techniques, it’s very manageable. Here are our top 7 tips for structuring your work-life-study balance as an MBA student.
1) Managing subject load: When picking your subject load before the start of each Trimester, it’s a good idea to weigh up how demanding each unit is. This, of course, will be dependent on your weaknesses and strengths. Essentially the strategy here is to try and balance out technically demanding subjects with easier ones so that your Trimester’s load is manageable and you don’t overwhelm yourself.
2) Time Management: Following on from the last point, time management is crucial to achieving a balanced work-life structure, especially for an MBA student. If you can allow specific time to all your weekly activities, such as work, leisure, family commitments, chores, you’ll quickly find out where you’re spending too much or too little time in one area. Take some time out to sit down and map out your week’s schedule, and go into it with a mindset to optimise your work-life-study balance. Having a plan will also help you to become more efficient and accomplish tasks before or within the designated period.
3) Accept your weaknesses: We’re all blessed with different capabilities and limitations, and it’s important to recognise and accept them. Take a minute or two to write down your strengths and weaknesses, and note down ways you feel you could overcome them. Remember: overcoming obstacles won’t happen overnight, so set yourself realistic expectations.
4) Don’t underestimate the power of friends and family: Taking time off to meet up with friends and family is a great way to rejuvenate yourself and nurture human connection, which is incredibly important for your health and happiness. Having them there for you helps you maintain your stress and keeps you confident about achieving your goals.
5) Me-time is also important: We’ve all heard the saying – “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. It’s incredibly important to keep and maintain hobbies that you seek out for enjoyment. If you derive enjoyment from playing music, going to the beach, shopping, you shouldn’t sacrifice these simple pleasures just because you’ve decided to do an MBA or any course for that matter! See where you can fit in a break of at least a day or two to do the things you enjoy, as per the convenience of your schedule.
6) Don’t neglect your health: You’d have to be a fool to think you can balance study, work and life without taking care of your body! Be mindful of what you eat, how you think, and don’t neglect the power of even just 15 minutes of exercise a day.
7) Limit TV and social media time: TV and social media are two of the most time-zapping activities you could ever absorb yourself in. Unfortunately, not a whole lot is achieved from both of them, unless say, you are watching a documentary or something that relates to your work (but let’s face it, you’re probably watching re-runs of Scrubs or funny dog videos on the internet). Unless you really are using the television or social media for work or educational purposes, limit your time on there by half of what it currently is. You’d be amazed at how much time you can free up by doing so!
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