How to Balance Penn Foster Studies with Work and/or Family Demands

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Although online classes provide a much more flexible educational experience for working professionals like myself, balancing online classes and a full-time work schedule is not an easy task. Addition to my job responsibility there is family obligations, which are equally important, I am married with two children and work full time six days a week. One of the many challenges you may face is how to balance your time with your work, family and friends while you are taking your Penn Foster online course. Since time is valuable, keeping a balance between your study and work or family is a challenge. How would you fit your role as a family man and a work professional into your hectic schedule?

Always plan ahead. First, the most important thing is to use your time wisely. Figure out how you typically spend your day. Make a list of time commitments that cannot be changed. Then, figure out how you spend your unscheduled time. It is important to include all the shifts and upcoming assignments and exams in the schedule. I use Microsoft Outlook calendar for time planning. It is user friendly and a convenient tool for time management. Accurate scheduling helps me to manage time efficiently whereby freeing up time to spend with my family.

The first step to achieving balance in your time is to get your family to agree on what the priorities should be. Make them understand that studying often requires long hours. In these instances, support from your family has to be there. Additionally, when children are involved; you may have to re-balance your time so you have time to spend with children. Plan on having a little family time every day and schedule some special family event once a week. For example I take my children to the park on every Friday or if the weather is bad I play their favourite game with them. It is also a good idea to involve your family in your study for instance I ask my wife to quiz on the course material.

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