4 Steps for Finding Your Part-Time Study Mojo
Are you struggling to find motivation for your part-time study? Overwhelmed and wondering why you started in the first place? It’s a problem faced by many, especially if you’re new to the world of tertiary education. No matter how far into your studies you are, it is possible to find your part-time study mojo by following these four simple steps.
1. Break it down
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by a busy personal and professional life, so look at the big picture and then break it down. It may feel like you have a million things to do, but try not to feel overwhelmed. Start dissecting your to do list into a manageable list of priorities. This will help you to quickly identify all important deadlines, as well as each of the steps you need to complete in order to reach each milestone. Best of all, feeling organised helps us to feel more in control and, as a result, those feelings of overwhelm and pressure give way to a sense of achievement as you tick things off your list and work towards your qualification.
2. Work out a weekly schedule that works for you
Everyone has a different approach to study, so it’s important that you work out a weekly schedule that works for you. Whether you like to do a bit of coursework each night after work, or you prefer to spend a block of time on a weekend to complete your assignments, the key to success is finding a pattern of study that suits your individual needs.
This also means factoring in work, family, life and study commitments and remembering not to neglect the most important person in all of this – you. In order to achieve in all areas of your life, you need to take good care of yourself. If you love swimming laps in the morning, or you have a weekly date with your partner, ensure your schedule still allows for these activities to happen.
3. Find a study space that suits your needs
There are many places that students can study – the library, the park, on the train or bus, or at home. You might have a designated office space, or it might be your kitchen table. What works best entirely depends on each student. If you don’t like distractions and you share a home, then a spare room or study may work well. But if you hate the idea of being locked away from your family and buried in text books, then perhaps the living room will work just fine. Mixing up your study locations can also keep things interesting – if it’s a beautiful day outside, reading in the park may be just what you need to get your part-time study mojo activated.
4. Keep a positive attitude and enjoy the journey
A positive attitude goes a long way and keeping yourself motivated for your part-time study journey is a necessity. Remember back to the reasons you actually enrolled in this course. Remember that you believed in yourself enough to invest in your own professional development to further your career.
Obtaining an MBA isn’t just about the parchment handed to you upon completion. It’s about engaging in learning along the way, networking with other students and being the master of your own destiny. Don’t lose sight of this during your studies and be sure to enjoy the ride.
What do you think?
Do you struggle to find your part-time study mojo? What strategies do you recommend to others to keep motivated?
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This article was written by Ellenor Day-Lutz on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.