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Top Ten Tips
Many parents see gaining a higher qualification or changing career as an escape from the low wage trap. It is a fact that those with a Degree earn more than those without one and those willing to retrain for a career change can increase earnings quicker than those who stay put in a low-income job. The main challenge for parents making career advancements with kids is time management and finance. Having a set time management program will cancel out the emotional struggle many parents have between work and life balance. Many times the only time a parent will have to revise and study is in the evening a time usually set aside for social time with the family. The answer to that problem is simply to segment the evening to incorporate your desires and your necessities.
Here are 10 top time management tips to help you achieve your goal without neglecting the kids or making yourself miserable in the process!
1 – Get a diary: Use the one on your mobile phone or laptop to stay on top of your workload and avoid missing deadlines or important appointments;
2 – Prioritise: Get the most important jobs done first and do the rest at the end if you have time, you will be far less stressed if you are not constantly chasing deadlines;
3 – Routine: Young children in particular thrive on routine, so try to plan your days where possible. If you can, take them out in the morning maybe they will nap after lunch allowing you to get some work done then. A regular bedtime will give you plenty of time in the evenings to concentrate on your studies without interruptions;
4 – Preparation: Make packed lunches in the evening when you are making tea. Or make extra meals that can be frozen and reheated when you are struggling to make time;
5 – Plan: If you are really concerned you will not be able to find the time try writing down what you do every day for a few days to work out how much free time you actually have, you will probably be pleasantly surprised how much more you could actually get done in a day with a bit of planning;
6 – Be ready: Always have a notepad handy to jot down ideas, a simply thought implemented could help you be more productive;
7 – Avoid distractions: When it is time to work make sure you are doing just that. Turn of the television put your phone on silent and concentrate fully on what you are supposed to be doing;
8 – Keep your workspace tidy: Avoiding clutter makes sure you will be able to get straight to work instead of rummaging through paperwork trying to figure out where you are up to;
9 – Think!! Just because you can’t actually sit at a computer whilst doing jigsaw puzzles on the floor doesn’t mean you can’t be thinking about the essays you need to do. If you have already started planning in your head it should flow easier when you do finally get around to starting it;
10 – Rest: There will be times when it all gets too much, so plan rest periods into your schedule. For example Sunday evening is your night for a long soak in the bath, no kids, no work.