How to Find Study Time with a Busy Schedule

Topics: Time, Homework, Distraction Pages: 2 (626 words) Published: November 20, 2010
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The timing for starting my associates degree may not be the best, but I believe in the saying “ There is no time like the present.”. I am a thirty-two year old Navy wife and mother of three. Ally is ten years old and a big helper. Haley is three years old and quite a handful. Cassy is three months old and a true delight. I also run my own daycare in my home. Shortly after I gave birth to our youngest daughter my husband left for an eight-month deployment leaving all the responsibilities of the house and children to me. As you can imagine, time is truly precious in my life and there isn’t a lot of it left over for studying. I have to make every minute count. I have discovered three key elements to help do just that.

The first key element is to choose the time you study wisely. I don’t decide to get my books out when the daycare kids are being dropped off in the morning because that would lead to constant interruptions. I also don’t do school work during play time because it is too loud in the house. During these times the kids also require constant supervision taking all my attention. Always set time aside that you can concentrate solely on your studies with few interruptions. For me, that is the children’s nap time and the couple of hours after my daughters’ bedtime. It is at these times that it is quiet, and my children won’t disturb me so that I can focus. For major assignments and exams, I hire a sitter so that I can accomplish my work in a more timely fashion and with greater focus.

Another key element is to take care of all responsibilities before opening a single book. I have to make sure that my three year old has had a drink, been to the potty, and is in bed before I take the books out. I also have to ensure that my three month old has a fresh diaper, a full belly, and is resting comfortably in whichever baby contraption makes her happy for the moment. My ten year old, while somewhat self sufficient likes to...
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