It’s normal to feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to complete all you’ve been tasked to do – even without adding the pressures of getting an online degree. But, there are things you can do to enjoy a better school-work-life balance.
Utilize a Calendar
Whether online or on paper, a planner is imperative to your success as a busy adult learner. Write you’re your assignments, your family activities, work tasks and chores (in order of importance), and then check them off once you’ve completed them. Not only will you enjoy better time management, but you’ll also feel great each time you check off a to-do on your daily list.
Get Enough Sleep and Good Food
According to Harvard Women Health Watch, Sleep helps your brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. When you get enough sleep, (ideally eight hours a night), you will absorb more information and do better on your tests. Just as important is eating healthy. Consuming foods rich in nutrients will not only improve your health and weight, but your mood. In fact, healthy foods that contain tryptophan can improve your mood because your body will convert the tryptophan into serotonin. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish, protect against surges in stress hormones, such as cortisol, while the magnesium, found in nuts, spinach, and other green leafy vegetables, will help to keep stress at manageable levels.
Learn to Say “No”
You can’t do it all, but you want to help others and are afraid saying no is rude. If you have made a commitment to bettering yourself through education, you will need to prioritize learning over activities that hinder this goal. People will understand. Simply share what you’re working on and let them know that you’d love to help but you have a full plate.
Take out a piece of paper and write down why you are going back to school. Then, hang it by your bathroom mirror. This will be a great reminder of the promises you’ve made to yourself and will inspire you to push through when times get tough. In addition, try to apply your online course learnings to your career and everyday life. Doing so will make for a more meaningful, enriching educational experience.
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