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I definitely think creating a schedule for yourself could alleviate some of the stress of working and going to school full-time. If working and attending school are both very important to you, or it is your only option (for whatever reason) you have to find a balance between the two. It will be difficult but if the importance of making money and receiving an education is equal you will have no issue with the hard work after while.
It will definitely take a level of self discipline and many sacrifices. You will have to dedicate yourself to your studies once you are off of work, for every 1 hour of class you should be dedicating 2 hours to study. So I think it really depends on your situation and flexibility in depth.. meaning what your hours are at work and when your classes are scheduled. I would definitely start with the schedule from the time you wake up to the time you close your eyes. It seems like a waste of time that you already don't have but it helps! Maybe first you should start out with recording what you normally do so you can see where you could possibly do better. The next time you create your schedule incorporate the new times for studying. This is like one of the first steps in learning better time management skills.
I hope that this helped you a little!
Good luck, you can do it!
You need to decide what is more important 40 hours a week or attending school full time. Don't burn yourself out. And ask yourself is it worth doing both at the same time. I don't know your situation with work, but you say you are not doing well in school, will this degree get you a better paying job? Remember why you are attending school, degree, more pay etc... My thoughts would be cut back on your work load or vice versa, go part time and enjoy the time you are learning. This is your future
I also work 40 hours a week, and it can be difficult. I take online classes, so that way I can still work 40+ hours a week, but still go to school. You must learn to compartmentalize, or put everything in its own place in time. You spend 8 hours a day, or more, at work. Once you get home or to school, work on school work for only 1.5-2 hours a night. This is the only way I make decent grades.
To apply yourself well in this situation I would have to reffer back to distractions and avoiding those distractions!
Sometimes we get overwhelmed by a challenge that seems too big and too confusing to tackle. In these situations, it's best to break the problem down. Ask yourself, "What is one thing (large or small) I could start today and --if I continued it daily--it would advance or improve my situation?" You may not be able to solve the entire problem today, but you have enough control to at least make some impact on it. As the old Buddhist expression says, "Start where you are." You can do it--good luck!