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Going Back to School: A Balancing Act of Time

How is it possible to add more to your already busy day? How can you go back to school and still do the things that you need to do each day? Can you just squeeze a little more time out of an already action packed schedule? The answer is NO you can’t and you do a disservice to yourself and those around you if try to do it that way.

Going back to school, or even making a long term labor intensive commitment to anything, requires serious thought and an action plan. To take on the rigors of an educational program, even one geared toward adults, means that you have to give something up.

And not only do you have to say that to yourself, you have to say it to those around you. You have to ask for help doing those things you traditionally do.This may challenge your assumptions about yourself. Giving up some of the routines of the day, routines that tell those around you that you are in charge and that you care about those around you, does more than give you some time. It also allows those around you to develop their own skills. It tells your family and friends that you value education and that you are willing to make sacrifices to get your education. It also tells them that you trust them to help you with this important task. 

In a few years you will be a few years older. But in a few years you could be a few years older, with a college degree if you spend your time and money wisely.

There are many steps to take before going back to school. The logistics of where to go and how to finance it and how to apply and what to study are all very important. But before you get to that point think about where the time will come from.  Begin to look at how you spend your time and where you might consider spending less time so that you can go to school.

You can tell what someone values, what they think is important, by how they spend their time and money. Look at your calendar, your personal calendar and your family calendar, and see if you are investing that time as wisely as possible.  What do you value? Are those the values you really think are most important?

In a few years you will be a few years older. But in a few years you could be a few years older, with a college degree if you spend your time and money wisely.  Invest in yourself, and your family and your community reap big dividends.

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