the decision to enroll in classes alongside your busy life. You’ve taken the
first major step towards advancing yourself both emotionally and professionally.
Celebrate that accomplishment! Now comes the tricky part—making the transition.
As you embark on this new journey as an adult learner and college student, time
management is essential to your success. Here are a few reminders and steps to
ensure your success in school.
balance between work and home life can be tricky. Determining your priorities
in order of importance will help keep you focused and on track. Do you have
yoga at 6pm on Tuesdays? Do you have kids with music lessons on Fridays? When
will be the best time for you to fit studying into your day? Maybe you’re a
morning person and prefer to get up early to get your schoolwork done, or
perhaps you’re a night owl and enjoy late hours in a quiet house instead.
Whatever your preference, decide what works best for you and most importantly, make
sure you get enough sleep so you can balance this new life you’re forging.
is key to success in juggling all that this endeavor brings about. The unforeseen
hurdles can appear at any time, from anywhere, but making adjustments to
accommodate those hurdles will help you stay the course. Fit homework in where
you can—even if it’s a small sliver of time—because those small slivers soon
add up to large chunks. Use your lunch hour to get some reading done. Waiting
for your son during his karate class or your daughter during softball practice
is the perfect quiet time to pick up where you left off or send that email to
your professor to get questions answered. Make a to-do list if that’s what
helps you, and check off things as you go. Forward motion is key!
of the due dates for assignments and exams, and plan ahead for those dates.
Knowing your timeline will enable you to set attainable goals for yourself
along the way and will help keep you on track. If putting your timeline on a
calendar to visually see your schedule day-to-day helps, do it! Know what you
want your end result to be, set your plan in motion, and go for it. If you fall
short at any point, adjust your plan to make up for lost time in the coming
week. Underestimate and over deliver may be your motto, but the best thing you
can do for yourself is be reasonable and realistic.
yourself and be your biggest cheerleader in this journey. Accept the hurdles
that present themselves and celebrate the achievements. One step at a time. You
can do this!
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