You remember mentioning that I’m going back to school, right? well as promised I wanted to keep you updates on school life thus far.
I signed up to the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy reed.co.uk online course. As a distance learner my classroom session involves being locked away in my home office, with my laptop, pen and note paper in hand attempting to make sense of a whole bunch of big words.Luckily for me the Reed online dashboard is set out very clearly, so the papers I need to read are right there waiting for me to get stuck in. The response from the tutor is swift, which is good as I like to ask questions, alot.
The biggest issue I’ve encountered thus far is being able to manage my time effectively, an problem I know a lot of people struggle with when embarking on a new challenge. Here are 6 steps to help cope with anyone juggling work and study:
1. Time Management!! Time management is a careful balance for everyone of us, no matter what your career, course, job or lifestyle, if your a student or not. Visit my ‘Tips to reduce stress and improve productivity’ post for a few golden nuggets that will benefit your time management for life!
2. Set up a quiet place for study area: You need to isolate a sanctuary of learning away from home life distractions, telephone calls, Facebook and anything else that will lead you to procrastinate. This could be a mini office in a back bedroom or a library, find a space that suits you and block out the rest of the world.
3. Set weekly goals: Read through your course aims and try to meet them week by week, this could be as little as reading a paper, to writing an essay, breaking your goals down into chunks will make life a little less daunting.
4. Delegate: Know that you may not be able to do everything you once could as you now have an added commitment. Perhaps you need help with baby sitting, cleaning the house or doing the weekly food shop. Is there something you could delegate to a colleague/ partner/ friend?
5. Connect with people: Connect with other people studying on your course or professionals in the industry. Connecting with those on Twitter, Linked In, Facebook and on blogs will familiarise you with terminology and references even when your not studying.
6. Make room for play: All work and no play makes for a very dull boy as the saying goes. Even though your in the midst of achieving something, it’s important to stop and enjoy yourself, blow off steam and stretch the old legs!
So far I’ve read a couple of papers, been picking up the terms, words and references used for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and hope to continue to do so, don’t be surprised if you read a few more goal-orientated posts around here!
‘Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle’- Sasha Cohen