Realistic Expectations

Our instructor is asking us to consider if we can realistically adhere to a schedule conducive to getting all our work done in this online class. One of the main components of being successful in any endeavor (including online courses) is good time management. I am lucky to be well versed in that regard because I received my initial bachelor’s degree in 1995 and went on to have a full time career, a husband, three children, a lot of animals, and have stayed pretty active on top of that.  I couldn’t do all that I do without good time management skills.

The key for me is to break things down into smaller pieces. I tend to not look at the entire picture at once, because that will only make me feel overwhelmed, which results in me being ineffective.  Instead, I take it a week at a time. I open my calendar and look at the following: my work/course load for both school and my job, any appointments, workouts, tennis matches, kids’ activities,  and household obligations. Then I spread things out so I have a manageable workflow on a daily basis.  For example – if I know I have a tennis match on Thursday evening, I may do more than one school assignment Wednesday night so that I am ahead of the game.  If my son has a rugby game on Tuesday and we need groceries and I need to create a blog, then I might get up at 6am instead of 7am to start my regular job earlier and this will give me more time to accomplish everything on my list that day.

This process has always worked well for me and as a result I am not a procrastinator.  One of my pet peeves is being late for anything. I also cannot stand having a ton of pressure on me to rush to complete tasks, so I avoid being put in that position. Using my approach to time management, I am rarely late or rushed.  Having said that, I do think I will have to finesse my week to week approach since I have to now consider midterms, finals and projects, and I may need more than a week to prepare for those.  If I am realistic with my workload, consider my obligations, and plan ahead, I expect I can succeed in my first online class or anything else I want to achieve.