Going to school while also juggling work, family, home and the many challenges life throws at us each day could challenge the time management skills of Stephen Covey himself. At times, you might feel ready to throw in the towel and give up on school all together. It is in these moments that you must remember the value of investing in yourself. Giving up on school and turning your back on your education will be a decision you regret for years and years to come.
Take the long view
The chaos of life always threatens to derail us from our goals because the urgency of today can obscure your long term goals. When the hot water heater breaks, your kids get sick and you have deadlines looming at work, it's hard to remember exactly why you're also adding the pressure of school. Taking the long view of things and reminding yourself that school is a temporary state can help you get through the day to day. You will not always attend school and when you're done, you will look back on your most difficult days as your greatest learning moments.
When the pressures feel like they have risen to an unsustainable level, it helps to have a vision of success to look at as a reminder of why you're making sacrifices today. Success experts recommend creating a vision board with images of what success looks like for you in the future. These board's serve as a constant visual reminder of exactly what you're working for. When the daily grind threatens to pull you under, these images can keep you focused on the long term.
Take care of yourself
Keeping your eyes on the prize and reminding yourself of your long term goals can help you manage the stress of attending school while attending to your life. Some days, though, you will simply need to slow down and take care of yourself. You work hard and deserve that bubble bath, a play date with your kids, a great movie or whatever activity renews your spirit. Taking this time to enjoy life today will give you new energy to work for your goals tomorrow.
Going to school is tough. You're asked to sacrifice time and energy you don't have for future goals. But, at the end, you will look back on this time with a sense of accomplishment and pride for what you achieved.