Did you know you can get every other week off from school work? Find out how!

The rewards you gain when you continue your adult education, especially if getting advanced degrees or certifications lead to promotions and salary increases at work, are real benefits that you probably don’t want to forego.  After all, who wants to look back over their life years later and realize that with just a little more education or effort they could have reached their dreams, achieved their most heartfelt goals.  You can make finishing your degree easier by making a few adjustments to your weekly schedule.

You might not realize it, but when you were younger your parents made changes to their schedule so they could meet their daily responsibilities, get a secondary, and perhaps even a postsecondary education and complete activities that brought them joy.  In today’s fast paced world, it might feel more difficult to pull this off until you consider the technology, not to mention the more advanced household appliances, that you have as an adult continuing education student that your parents and grandparents didn’t have.  You don’t even need to go out and buy new products or services to create a schedule that works for you and your family.

Adult Students Get a Head Start on Their Responsibilities

An effective step you can take to create a manageable schedule that allows you to spend quality (and quantity) time with your family and friends, focus on your job while you’re at work and complete your college or university assignments is to take the one-week on one-week off approach.  For instance, you can:

  • Prepare your dinners one week in advance
  • Label and place vegetables, carbohydrates and desserts in separate freezer bags
  • Retrieve a meal for each day, heating it up in the oven or microwave
  • Iron your and your children’s clothes one to two weeks in advance
  • Read two to three upcoming chapters in college or university textbooks one week in advance, giving yourself the following week to rest from the advance reading
  • Clean your home (e.g. vacuuming, dusting) thoroughly one week and do light cleaning (e.g. picking up sneakers, taking out the garbage) the following week
  • Pay all your invoices once a month to avoid feeling like you’re always paying bills and to give yourself more time to spend with your family and to complete school assignments

The accredited college or university you attend might also offer time management skills training courses free of charge.  Consider taking one of the courses so you can learn new ways to effectively manage your personal, work and academic schedules. 

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