You have made the decision to go back to school, but it hits you. How are you going to handle it all? You have kids, a job, and a life. What did you do to yourself? Before you have a full-blown panic attack, take a breath and realize that adults do it every single day. You can do it, too! Here are some ideas to fit it all in.
Get Up Early or Stay Up Late
You are either an early morning person or late evening one. Even an hour earlier in the morning or later in the evening can be very beneficial to your studies. This is a sacrifice, but it is well worth it in the long run.
Reading Can Be Done Anywhere
You do not have to be sitting at a desk or in the library to get your reading in. Take your reading assignment(s) with you to work, run errands, or pick up the kids. The school line is a great place to read for three reasons – the kids are not with you yet, it is quiet, and it takes forever. You might as well be getting some benefit from it. Same goes for waiting at a doctor’s appointment, for an oil change, or even waiting in line if your book/material is light enough.
Record Your Professor and Listen in Your Car
Ask your professor if you can record their lecture and then listen to it on the way to work or while running errands. Wear headphones and listen while exercising. Use this downtime to your benefit, even if you record yourself reading a study guide, notes, or even the book.
Study With Your Children
If you have school-age children, they most likely have homework. While they do their homework, let them see you doing yours. It is a great example to them and it is a good way to involve them with your studying. Let them help you by asking questions if they are old enough.
Give Yourself Some Grace
Sometimes you need to be completely present with your family and that is okay. By taking advantage of the other times, you can get your studying in. Be kind to yourself and let your brain take that break to be with your significant other or children.
While you may think you cannot possibly fit in one more thing in your life, take a good look at downtimes. While waiting in a line, while exercising, while doing homework with your children, or simply sacrificing an hour before or after your day can all be do-able ways to get some studying in and reach the goal of going back to school.
By: Janis Rodgers