5 Tips to Health Care Work-Life Balance
Mar. 14, 2016
When you’re pursuing a health care degree at Concorde Career College, it requires a lot of time, hard work and discipline. However, to succeed in the health care field, it’s essential to learn how to achieve a good work-life balance now.
Sometimes, finding the right balance might feel more like a dream instead of reality, but finding a good balance is the key to happiness, well-being and success.
We want all of our students to be successful, both during school and once they enter the workforce. Find better balance as you pursue your Concorde degree with these helpful tips and ideas.
1. Get Plenty of Sleep Each Night
Lack of sleep reduces productivity, but ensuring you get plenty of sleep each night is an essential part of achieving a good work-life balance.
Most people don’t get the crucial sleep they need, and lack of sleep will leave you fighting fatigue instead of being able to focus on your studies.
Aim for at least seven hours at night, and consider taking a power nap during the day to boost brain power.
2. Stop Multitasking
If you’re juggling school with a family and a job, it’s easy to try to multitask all the time to get everything done. Unfortunately, if you’re constantly multitasking, all of your tasks might be suffering.
Instead of multitasking, improve the balance between your personal life and work by scheduling blocks of time for individual tasks.
It takes some discipline, but if you stop checking your email and your phone and focus on what you’re doing, you’ll be surprised at how you can accomplish more in less time. And, you’ll do a better job.
3. Develop Better Time Management
To build a better work life-balance, focus on time management. The first step is to learn how to prioritize.
Consider creating and using to-do lists, whether you use digital or paper lists. Create a list of the things you need to accomplish and list them in the order of importance: A, B or C or today, tomorrow, future.
When you learn to manage your time effectively, you’ll be able to tackle essential tasks more effectively, and you’ll find that you have more available time for sleep and downtime.
4. Don’t Forget to Schedule Downtime
As you work hard to earn your health care degree, downtime might be the last thing on your mind. It’s easy to get caught up in classes and coursework, allowing downtime to fall by the wayside.
However, you need to schedule in activities that allow you to recharge and time with friends and family members.
Start being proactive at scheduling downtime into your busy life to make sure you get to clear your mind, recharge and increase productivity when you are working hard.
5. Learn to Work Smarter and not Harder
Working hard is essential if you’re going to get your health care degree, but if you want to have a good work-life balance, you also need to learn to work smarter.
Using resources available to you, such as your Campus Learning Resource Center, graduate employment office and keeping in close contact with your instructors, can also help you work smarter instead of harder.
Achieving a good work-life balance doesn’t have to be a dream. Start implementing these tips as you pursue your degree, and you’ll be able to achieve that balance as you finish school and head out into a new job.