Are you planning to study along with a full-time job Or are you already studying & finding it too hard maintaining your study routine while doing a day job?
If any of the above answers are yes, then continue and read this article till the end, this will surely help you.
In this article, I am going to share some practical tips and hacks used by me and many other achievers, who already achieved their passionate goal while working full time.
As always the competition out there in the job market is tight in India. Many qualified professionals are not getting good jobs,
In such competition here in India. To stay ahead and to beat the competition and to get a better opportunity, Learning and improving daily certainly comes handy.
Studying along with working a day job can be advantageous because you are already in a job. And studying while working can help you grow and provide better opportunities.
But for professional workers managing study and a job at the same time can be hectic depending on their workload, and sometimes it becomes quite difficult. but that doesn’t mean it is impossible
Many working professionals have cracked their government exams, started an online business and did achieve their targeted passionate goal by planning and applying strategies well.
You can also achieve your passionate goal while doing a full-time job if you will learn from the people who already did it while working.
“It is always better to learn from other’s mistakes rather than learning it the hard way”
I understand you are busy, and it is challenging to do a job and study at the time same time, but for a better career and future, you have to make time for study. And Making time for education is not an impossible task,
Ok without future do let’s begin.
#1. Be clear and specific.
First comes first, the first step, understand the syllabus, pattern, and subjects you need to study for achieving particular certification, position and skills.
In India, there are many posts in the Bank sector Like PO, Bank clerk, and SO,
Let’s say you are preparing for a Bank exam in India. First, you need to decide the position you want to grab, then the syllabus, pattern, and subjects you need to focus on clearing that particular exam. As in many cases, the syllabus pattern and subject can be different in different exams.
Let’s take another example: You learning a language along with a day job, I assume It is English,
First, you have to decide what you want to learn in English do you want to master writing in English, or do you want to speak fluently and confidently.
Once you have decided, let’s say you want to speak fluently and confidently then you have to make a strategy for speaking fluently. By understanding what subjects, patterns, and practice need more focus to speak English fluently.
Deciding your passionate achievable goal, then understanding what is required more focus to achieve that goal, will help you to focus more and worry less.
#2. Do a Self Analysis & Find non-productive activities.
Being a professional, the second step should be doing self-analysis and finding the non-productive activity you are doing knowingly or unknowingly.
Take an assessment of the time and analyze your daily routine, which generally you follow. Find out the non-productive work like using social media and watching non-productive videos.
You will be suppressed knowing that you may be wasting lots of time without realizing, like watching non-productive videos and regularly checking social media.
But remember, do not ignore your productive work related to home and office.
According to the report, Employees spend around 32% of their time on social media daily.
So I hope you will utilize that 1 hour or 50% of those times in Studies.
#3. Read before or after work.
For professional workers, early morning and late nights are easily the best time for studying.
Now the question comes when to study? It totally depends on you,
Actually, Each person is different and has their own study time. Some concentrate better on studying early in the morning before work, while others prefer to study after work at night,
What I suggest you try to study at the time that naturally suits you and your own style.
If you are finding it hard to start then at the beginning take baby steps, even if you manage 1 hour daily focusing on study, It will help you in the long run.
#4. Create a study plan.
Understand the syllabus and subjects then create a study plan accordingly.
Try to study at least 2 hours a day or a total of 12 to 15 hours a week.
It all depends on you how you will manage.
Make a study plan to avoid procrastination.
Planing is essential work you must do. As a working professional, you might not be able to manage more than 2 to 3 hours for study in a day.
Within those precious 2 to 3 hours I don’t think you would like to waste just thinking about what to study and how long to study.
That is why analysis your study pattern subject and then study accordingly.
Make a plan when and how you will give time to the subject you are required to study, Make a proper timetable which suits you, Write down all the essential topics that you need to consider daily or ones in two days. Work on those crucial subjects when you are most productive.
And only you yourself know your productive time, before or after work.
Start by taking baby steps. Make a To-Do List and stick with it.
#5. Find a Good Place to Study.
One of the keys to effective study is finding a suitable location or place.
Finding a suitable place to study does not mean to find a perfect or ideal place to study. Just find a place where you can study comfortably.
#6. Take care of yourself.
To study dedicatedly, and consistently you must have to take care of your health.
As a working professional, you are actually trying to manage two work shifts so you must take care of yourself in order to manage study and work successfully.
Here are a few good practices you can consider to do for managing yourself healthy and fit.
#Get More Sleep at Least 7 hours in a Day.
Most of the professional workers don’t get enough sleep.
They stay up all night to study and work all day. However going without 6 to 8 hours of sleep affects our judgmental mood, ability to learn, and retain information.
Everybody should at least have a minimum of 6 hours of sleep in a day. And for a professional worker, sleep is crucial to maintain his mental and physical fitness.
According to BBC 7 to 9 hours of sleep is recommended for young adults aged between 18 to 25 years old.
So try to find a balance and take adequate (6 to 8 hours) of quality of sleep to improve mental focus and energy to achieve your goals.
# Follow a Healthy Diet (to retain focus).
We are human, and we need the energy to be more productive, and we have a great resource that is the Meal.
But due to busy schedules, most of the working professionals neglect and ignore the importance of a healthy diet. And consume unhealthy food most of the time, and most of them even skip their breakfast.
Dear remember there is a direct relationship between food, mood, body, energy, and efficiency so take healthy food on time. And put your 100% on the study in your spare time.
#Take a Short Break.
We, professional workers, are so busy doing and managing other work, so most of us manage 3 to 4 hours for study.
Within these 3 hours, we tend to study back to back for 3 hours of 4 hours it isn’t bad,
But research shows taking a break made us happier, more focused, and more productive. Not only this short taking break keep up from getting bored, Breaks help us retain information, and Breaks help us reevaluate our goals.
So take a short break for 5 to 10 minutes every 2 hours. or according to your choice.
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Studying along with job is nothing less than working two jobs, and both will require lots of hours, effort, sacrifices and dedication.
I have presented several methods and strategies which is not rocket science. The above tips are tried and tested so apply as many of them as possible.
“A river cuts through A rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”