June 20, 2012

How to manage time between work and studies

Juggle between Work and Studies

Are you a studying professional and you are feeling your greatest potential stress is juggling between your work, study and personal commitment? Does it seem to you that twenty four hours in a day is less to complete your tasks? Feel you are not doing justice with your work, studies and with your near and dears?

Believe me this is the most common problem face by working folk who is continuing his studies.

Well through this blog I am trying to share few of my and mine friend’s experience and ideas which we have while doing MBA, probably any of the idea can be of your help. Since we all different, we will also have different balance needs and we discover this with experience and self reflection. Striking balance between work and study is a journey in which you have to travel alone, you will have to set realistic goals and consistently work toward them blogs can only give you idea but you are the one who have to tailor them to meet your own specific needs.

My few ideas:

Idea 1: Know yourself

To study effectively and excel in the work simultaneously, it is important to manage your time well. Good time management evolves by knowing yourself well, knowing what are your strength and weakness’ in time management, and then minimizing the weakness’ and working toward the right goal. Yes you get it right I am talking about SWOT analysis. Remember time management is a skill which needs practice. In this process you can also identify your major time waster activities and take proper action to rectify it.

Idea 2: Know the difference between urgent and important

We are faced with jobs, errands, and works that require our immediate attention every day. Tasks from personal chores (cleaning clothes) to professional obligations (finishing the draft by 6 p.m.) weigh on our minds regularly. Trying to decide which to do can be a challenge. In this case prioritization of the tasks is required. You should be able to identify which is important and which is urgent for you. Which tasks are your time waster and which task you can procrastinate? Always remember apart from work you have to do well in your exams also. So do not let important turn into urgent. You are the best person who can identify what is important and what is urgent for you.

Idea3: Stick with the basics

We all have a preferred learning style like some makes notes some underline the books, some revise daily some do it weekly. Knowing and understanding our learning style helps us to learn more effectively. Through identifying your learning style, you will be able to capitalize on your strengths and improve your self-advocacy skills. So here i will like to suggest do not experiment lot with your learning style, stick with the basic there is no reason you will not excel. Yes change for the betterment is always welcome.

Idea4: MMS (Man management skill)

Here by MMS I mean man management skill. Skill to say “NO” to your buddy for movies, skill to handle your boss who asks you to work on a Monday night when you have an exam the next morning. Realize that it's okay to say no. Keep your short- and long-term priorities in mind. If phone calls from friend and relatives are proving to be a distraction, tell them that because of exams you take social calls from 6-7 p.m. It may sound silly, but believe dude it helps.

Idea5: Take a break

It’s a good idea to take a break from your daily routine after all you are not a machine. Once a while, why not to meet some of the relatives and enjoy with them to the fullest. Add some enjoyable activities in your day or weeks, it will rejuvenate you fill with energy. After you've completed a sizeable task, it's a good idea to give a break to reward yourself. You can ring a friend, listen to music or can enjoy TV. Studies show short breaks actually improve productivity, so you'll more than make up for the time you lose by pausing for a moment. Apart from doing the things which you enjoy, also take a break to keep your self fit. To keep one fit for exam is also the part of exam preparation.

So friends it’s all from my side. Hope you enjoy reading this blog. Thanks for stopping.

Enjoy learning!!!

Rahul Karn

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