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4 Tips on How to Balance Online School and Your Job

If you’re presently enrolled in an online school, life can become challenging, especially if you’re working a nine-to-five job as well. Earning an online degree takes commitment and hard work, whether your goal is to earn an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Balance Your Time at School and Home

It’s not impossible. Thousands of people are able to coordinate their time on the job and the pursuit of an online degree. Your first order of business is to stay organized. Hopefully, you’re filling your calendar out each day whether it’s on your computer or smart phone. Make sure your calendar is filled with priority tasks. You might even consider carrying a physical notepad and a handy pen. The goal is to have easy access to your list of priorities.

Check off each task as it’s completed — religiously. This gets you in the habit of getting things done, whether for class or home. Like many people, your workday could be filled with meetings, reports, emails and other tasks. At the end of the day, your coworkers are headed home to relax. You’re headed home at the end of each day too, but it’s to log on to your computer to check out a class for a webinar or to continue working on an assignment. Making the commitment is tough, but it could be the price of success.

Be Careful of Overdrive

Be careful not to fall prey to overdrive. Overdrive can happen when you fail to pay attention to the other things in life that matter — like your family and social life. Your family is important for obvious reasons – they support you and depend on your input and leadership. Your social life is important because it can bring balance to your busy world.

Set Reasonable Expectations

Let’s say you work 40 or more hours per week. How much sleep do you expect to get? Studying late hours could mean fewer hours of sleep for you. Can you make the adjustment? You may have to spend more time away from the family. Does your family understand the full benefits of what you’re hoping to accomplish? Set reasonable expectations for yourself. Then discuss them with those who may be affected by your decisions.

Come to Terms with Your True Goals

Make sure you’re attending school for a good reason, like improving your earning potential, pursuing an education needed to advance your career, exploring a new career passion, or hoping to provide a better living for your family. If your reasons for pursuing an online degree aren’t carved in granite, you may be far less likely to succeed.

Consider the Financial Cost

Online degrees can be costly in terms of money and time for some. Is your goal to learn new skills? Are you hoping for a new career? Are you hoping to climb the ladder of success at your present job? Will you be able to pay back your school loans? Everest’s student finance planners who can help you find a plan that fits you.

The Benefit of Online Degrees

Online degrees have benefitted thousands of people. Remember, some of the reasons you may have chosen an online program is that you would have the freedom to learn in a career-oriented and friendly online environment. You continue to have the freedom to take classes when and where you want. Online schools can provide a career-oriented and friendly learning environment.

You have the freedom to set your own schedule. It’s all up to you. And your instructors are always willing to help in any way they can. They’re accessible. Your success is paramount.

If you’re new to the concept of online learning, contact Everest University Online, a division of Everest University, for additional information about programs, class start dates and financial aid for those who qualify.

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