You’re taking a course or courses in subjects that interest you for the first time in awhile.
Or perhaps you’re attending school part-time to create a new career.
… or one of the “boot camp” programs designed for the self-employed business owner.
… or a certification program for your current profession.
And you were already busy to start with! But this is so important to you.
You want … You need … to make the time to do this well, to own this, to show yourself and those around you what you’re all about now in this new phase of your growth as a person and a professional.
3 Ways to Create Time for Your Classes
1. Make a commitment to yourself
lock the times you will attend class, including travel, meals on the way to/from.
Need quiet time before class? Block it in the calendar. Knowing ahead of time where you’ll go to have that time makes it easier to make sure you actually get yourself there!
Will you need time after class to process and solidify discussions and the learning? While still in the school context, you’ll remember more if you take these extra minutes. (Especially with ADHD.)
Or if it’s a self study program, choose and book calendar times so you make a commitment to yourself.
What is it about attending school that is so important to your life? What will you get from it, not only practically, but how will you feel as a person and a professional?
“I’m taking this class so that … “
And how could you put that into words or a symbol or a picture, so that on those difficult days, when it seems the world is against you, YOU still stand up and do what you set out to do.
3. Talk to those around you about how this is important to you
You have friends, family, professional colleagues who care about you and your involvement in their lives. They will support you if they know more about this.
First talk about how important this is to you. What you hope to gain. Share what you’re learning to engage them. Explain how this is important to you or your profession. Talk about how you made the decision to take the course or the program.
Second, discuss the time you need to devote. When that will be? What might suffer, or where you could use some assistance? School won’t last forever, so there are short term shifts you could make in responsibilities.
Review what this change does to your commitments to work and family and your own self-care habits? What could you cut back on, if not give up? Who can support you a little more? Do you have your systems in place to make this work smoothly? Do all this now, not mid semester or mid course, when things are already crazy.
Think what a role model you’ll be to those around you. Or how you’re taking care of you and those you love. Or whatever it is that makes this important, now, at this time of your life.
You made the commitment. Now set yourself up well to carry through on it.
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~Chinese Proverb
- Here is a post about creating your study space when you’re an adult.
- If you are not sure how to go about this, or if you want to figure out where you’re headed next, I wrote about setting goals in a recent newsletter article.
- Or call 603.554.1948 to discuss how coaching around this topic of school/life organization might be useful. Talking aloud often helps people clarify the issues. 1/2 hour introductory call at no charge.