Friday
Feb262016

So, you want to study online?

How to juggle online study 

Apparently these days it’s common for us to switch careers three times in our working life. I’m already on my second career and I’m not even 30, so maybe this theory is more than just a myth. If you’re wanting to head back to study and increase your knowledge and qualifications as a mature student, there are many things to consider and steps to take to ensure study success. It’s time to organise your time!

Think about what stage of life you’re in. Are you in the middle of building a family? Are you a single person looking for a career that you can be passionate about? Are you returning to work after raising a family? How much time do you have free to add another commitment to the mix? If you’re raising a young family and you’re the primary caregiver, how much spare time do you have on your hands? Is studying online the best option so you can do assignments while the kids nap?

Whether you’re raising kids, working multiple jobs to pay the bills, or volunteering full-time there are so many commitments taking up your time and headspace. It can be hard to know how you’re going to cope after adding another stress to your place. Luckily for you there’s a simple and easy way to work out the juggle. And I’m about to use one of my favourite words to describe the process - PLANNING.

You’ve heard the saying, ‘Fail to Plan. Plan to Fail’, I’m sure. If you’re contemplating heading back to online study, you need to have a plan in place to ensure you meet all your study commitments as well as keeping all the current juggling balls in the air. So what’s this simple and easy process? I’ve outlined it below for you.

1. Assess 

Have a good hard look at your current situation. Personal, financial, emotional, spiritual - take all these factors into account. What’s the end goal for going back to study and how will you get there? What time will you need to commit to your study on a regular basis and how long will the course take? Look at your week, the commitments you already have. Map out the hours you spend caring for children, at work, doing household tasks, socially, physically and spiritually, etc. Use this simple planner to help you plan your week and see what time you can commit to studying online.

2. Implement

Research the courses you’re looking into. Find out which provider offers exactly what you want, with the financial incentives you need. Don’t focus just on course cost - if you pay peanuts you get monkeys after all. Choose the course and institution that’s right for you, adjust your schedules to plan for assignment/lecture times and request support where needed. You’re not an island. Don’t act like one! It takes a village to raise a child and you will need help from time to time. Don’t be afraid to ask for it.

3. Refine

As the course progresses take regular stock of your timetable. What needs adjusting? What commitments are taking up too much time with little profit? Admit there are some projects and activities that are nothing but a black hole on your time and delete them from your schedule. Don’t forget to add plenty of restoration time - time for you to relax and be refreshed doing what you love, with the people you love.

 

I think it goes without saying that if you’re struggling to keep up with your daily/weekly household tasks that’s a project that needs to be taken care of immediately. Don’t put it off any longer - get organised, and get out there and pursue your study dreams. You could be the next big thing, don’t let clutter hold you back.

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