While completing your virtual technical design diploma can take as little as a year to complete, it can still feel overwhelming coupled with the stresses of day-to-day life.
Between course work, home obligations, and maybe even a part-time or full-time job, it’s easy for students beginning their training to sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed. Luckily, there are strategies you can employ to strike the right balance between work and downtime, so that you can get the most out of your program without feeling tired, stressed, or drained.
Here are some tips Digital School students use to find a better work-life balance when completing their technical design programs.
1. Define Your Priorities
While studying in an online program provides the flexibility that makes it easier to manage a busy schedule, it’s important that students enrolled in any of our technical design programs set clear priorities, making sure they don’t overload themselves.
If you are finding it difficult to manage your schedule, or are worried you are taking on too much, consider prioritizing the essentials, such as your training and important personal obligations like time with family.
By reducing the time and energy you spend on other obligations, you can make sure that you stay focused throughout your studies.
2. Set Boundaries for Work and Relaxation Times to Improve Productivity
Though it can be tempting to do multiple things at once, experts warn that multitasking actually decreases productivity. For that reason, it’s a good idea to keep away from social media, email, and other distractions while you are studying for your online course.
As a general rule, you will do well to close other applications and tabs when you are completing coursework on your computer. By doing this, you should find your productivity increases and that it’s easier to stay focused.
This principle can also be applied to your downtime. Designate time for relaxing, and don’t do anything related to your technical design training during this time. By clearly establishing boundaries between work time and relaxation time, you’ll be able to stay focused on your coursework and enjoy your downtime as well.
Designate work and relaxation times to help create a healthy work-life balance.
3. Establish a Quiet Study Space for Completing Your Course Work
One of the benefits of being enrolled in an online technical design program is that you can complete the curriculum anywhere that you have internet access. This allows for a large degree of mobility, should you desire it, but can also lead some students to work in loud or otherwise distracting environments.
One good technique for cutting down on distractions is to establish a regular study space where you will complete the majority of your work. Place it somewhere quiet, keep it tidy and organized, and ask your family and friends not to distract you during this time. This will help you remain focused, and help others in your life understand your need for time and space to complete your work.
Setting up a dedicated workspace can improve your focus while studying!