As much as I like studying -which is something people find weird because almost nobody today studies for the joy of learning, and honestly studying in a hurry for exams does take away most of the joy- it’s kind of hard to study when you are working simultaneously.
Here are somethings most likely to happen when to try to live up to the role of a professional and a student at the same time:
1. Your study session almost always includes a Google search on “How to Study More in 15 Minutes” or “How to Do More in Less Time”
Yes people, the time crunch is real! While working, more than half of your day is consumed by your job. So it always feels like you are racing against time.
2. Prioritizing really messes you up
This is one of those rare cases. Whenever you are studying, you might quite possibly remember another deadline that is approaching or something suddenly crops up (which happens a lot in my profession). Having survived so long at your job by prioritizing, you ask yourself “What is urgent and needs my attention first?”. Yes, the studying always gets left for later. This leads to the next thing.
3. You work on your time-management skills yet again
Checking the clock at your study desk/spot every half an hour, wondering why time is moving faster than usual and regretting that a particular topic is taking you longer than anticipated constantly makes you mentally adjust how you can squeeze more time in for studies.
4. You track time spent on social media or whatever it is you waste time on
No time- management ever took place wandering aimlessly through the internet! So, most working professionals do this anyway, but now this becomes one of your top habits to eradicate.
5. You realise you can’t do without it!
So…after days of struggling with point 4, you google -How to use social media more productively?
6. You try to get more done at work
You know you will need time at home for studying, so you push yourself harder than usual to avoid carrying work home.
7. You’re too tired to study
All of the planning and the schedule flies out the window when you know you got to nap before your mind is fresh enough to take in something new after a long day at work. So how do you handle this? You plan slots for resting as well, and try to stick to it but almost never wake up on time.
8. You value weekends in a different way now.
You know that you need to recharge as usual on the weekend, but also need to squeeze in time for family, friends and books, not the fun ones that you would read on train and bus rides, but the ones that rack your brain!
9. You have mixed feeling about projects you are assigned
During the days when you need to study, the weird smile that spreads across your face when you receive the news of being assigned a new project is sometimes awkward and gives you away. Not that you downright hate the news, it’s just that you can’t make up your mind whether to like or dislike it, as you are simultaneously visualizing your schedule and crossing off most of the things on it, or shifting them to a later date, including your study time.
10. Your anxiety levels are through the roof!
Whether it is checking the clock every hour, choosing between the work from your job or your studies and pushing studying to the next week…again, only to realise how much you are leaving for later, the anxiety just keeps building.
11. When you DO manage to get time, you doubt it!
And when, after much ado, you do find time to study or for your hobby, you doubt whether you are genuinely free or simply forgetting something on your calendar. So, you double- check your schedule.
12. You get- “But you only have to write about what you have been doing at work” quite often
This happens if you are studying in the field you are working in.
While this is true, most often the experience at work doesn’t enable you to write 6-page essay answers, as you can’t fill that much space with only anecdotes. The technical jargon and theory still have to be given time to. However, that said, the experiences at your job do enable you to understand what you are studying in a better way.
13. You draw from the experiences of your profession
It’s not only the understanding and application that improves, but also your improved time-management and organisational skills, along with your increased knowledge about the world around help with the planning and studying.
14. You have a lot of things left to study towards the end
Though you start early, you might end up in this situation. Coincidentally, in my job as a teacher, my exams are in the summer break, so I get a few days of uninterrupted study time. But for the ones who don’t get holidays, I just want to say, “Bruh, I feel your pain. Hang in there!”
All things said and done, studying further really opens up new doors for you in your profession. You have new energy and a vaster intellectual reserve to draw from and people notice that. So if you are feeling stuck at your job and want to shake things up a bit or get ahead, going through the trouble of studying further is a great learning experience intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
If you work in an organisation that believes that the growth of the employees means growth of the organisation, things become even easier, but even if you don’t think about where you want to be in the next 5 to 10 years.
So take a leap of faith and create a new and improved version of yourself!
Keep learning, keep growing!
Do let me know in the comments section if there is something else that has happened with you or with somebody you know.