Studying for an MBA requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but more so when you’re juggling it with a part-time job. Below are just some tips on how you can achieve that work-school-life balance.
* Set priorities.
Balancing your MBA school work along with a part-time job may mean cutting back on other activities such as hobbies or spending time with friends. This doesn’t mean, though, that you should eschew socializing or doing things for yourself completely. You just have to know which things come first and need to be attended to immediately. That company social event may be something that you can forgo if you have an important exam to study for.
* Plan your schedule and stick to it.
Know how much school work you need to do and how long it would take for you to get your homework done. Knowing this kind of information will make it easier for you to schedule your activities and plan your work hours. If your employer won’t allow you complete control of your work schedule, make sure that you know how to get everything done at just the right time. If you have big exams coming up, it may be advisable for you to finally use those office leave credits to concentrate on your studies.
* Make a commitment to your studies.
Once you enroll yourself in an MBA program, don’t be discouraged by pitfalls such as your lack of time or the amount of work you need to accomplish. Be committed to your studies and think of it as something that you need to do. Motivate yourself to excel and do better, and you probably will. Remember that, in the long term, having an MBA degree can be your ticket to success. Keep in mind that when the time comes for a promotion, your MBA degree will surely get noticed by management. Also, think of the MBA as an investment, and, as an investment, it entails a lot of sacrifices on your social life.
* Have some time for yourself.
Maintaining your job while taking care of your studies can be very stressful. This is why it’s also important for you to engage in activities that will keep you happy and healthy. Just finished a major exam? Perhaps it would do you good to relax and spend some time with your friends or family members. After all, just because you’re juggling school work with a job doesn’t mean that your personal life has to suffer. Having the occasional moment for rest and relaxation is important because it allows your body to take that much-needed time to rejuvenate and be prepared for all the requirements of your work and your studies. If you push yourself too hard, you may not be performing at your best because you are too stressed out; as a result, your performance in work and school can actually suffer.
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