Work-Life Balance

5 Pro Tips to Optimize Your Work, School and Life Balance

As an online student, we know you’re probably balancing the many responsibilities of your career, family and education. Here are some quick tips to help you find it.

1. Raise your hand

Always ask questions. Your online classes use interactive technology to keep you connected with professors and peers. Plus, the University of Arizona offers tons of resources to online students, including Think Tank, which provides free tutoring services and academic support.

2. Change the landscape

We know your home office is super comfortable, but studies have shown that swapping scenery helps retain information, and spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is one of the fastest ways to improve your mental health and reduce stress.

3. Get some sleep

It can be tempting to burn the candle at both ends or try to “catch up” during the weekend. Social jet lag is real, and it can have a real impact on your health and grades. The best path to better sleep? Check number 4.

4. Manage your time

Make a schedule and stick to it. Online students can attend class at any time of day, but getting into a routine can help realign the rest of your life, whether it’s getting the kids to bed on time or planning the week’s meals.

5. Start looking ahead

In a Gallup study, two out of three University of Arizona alumni said they have their ideal jobs. They achieve this by using tools like the Wildcat Career Network, which connects you with mentors in your field, and by talking to their advisors about opportunities like internships.

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