Time management is an issue in my day-to-day life due to work constraints, family time, and school. Determining how too affectively allocate my time between the three issues has proven to be a job within itself. Generally, time management refers to the development of processes and tools that increase efficiency and productivity. One goal is to help myself become aware of how I use my time as I am resource in organizing, prioritizing, and succeeding in my studies in the context of competing activities my friends, work, family, etc.
Determining a place where I can study free from distraction where I can maximize my concentration and I can be free of the distractions that friends, family, or hobbies can bring. I have planned places a as back-up space that I can escape to, like a coffee shop, local library even work where I have many conference rooms I can use when necessary. I try to change where I study from time to time as to give myself the time I need to ...view middle of the document...
When I am managing a family and juggling schoolwork, it can often seems like I do not have enough time in the day to get everything done. Although I have created a schedule, I can be sure to get the time needed to do my schoolwork and have time leftover to be with my family.
What I have done to manage my work, family, and school is learning to be as flexible as I can to achieve my college goals. Because no matter how much I plan, sometimes things are going to come up unexpectedly. I have had to learn to accept these unforeseen events and try to plan around them. Which can be difficult so I have learned to work ahead of my assignments and save them to my draft folder so they are ready to post in case I run into any emergencies, work, or family issues that may play a part in my everyday life?
Even the most ambitious of people like me cannot take on every task on my own. I have found myself bogged down in work responsibilities, household chores, and schoolwork if you try to do everything all on my own. To avoid this burnout, I have delegated responsibilities to my husband, daughter, and extended family. I have my daughter making her own lunches and helping me clean, and the laundry. My husband has been a big help making meals, doing the cleaning, and the grocery shopping. I also work with my extended family to plan activities such as parties, etc to work around my schedule with they have been most willing to so as this is a chance for me to succeed in school and my overall goal of receiving a degree in Business Management.
My life is not always about working and earning a living. The quality of my life is important to my family. Enjoying my life and have a life that is properly balanced between your personal life, work, and college. Although, I still have area that I may need help with such as stress management and time management. Which I will incorporate my family and my schedule with help during my next two years.
Carter, C., Bishop, J., & Kravits, S. (2007). Keys to college studying: Becoming an active thinker (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
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