It’s never easy being a parent trying to juggle your work
and family commitments and fit everything into the limited time available to
you. Add an MBA to the mix, and it seems almost (if not completely) impossible.
How then do you find the time to invest in your personal
growth without sacrificing on being the ideal worker or a perfect parent? Here are
some quick pointers that might help you find the perfect balance for yourself.
Have a vision of your personal and professional goals
While it is
easy to get overwhelmed by the daily personal and professional commitments,
understand that your long-term goals and growth are always more important.
Maintain a clear vision of what you want to achieve in a year and how you plan
to do it. What areas are you trying to improve your skills in? How do you think
taking up an MBA will benefit you in the long run?
Jot down your
goals on a piece of paper and pit it to a bulletin board – that way, you will
be able to read them every day and it’ll help you stay focussed on your path.
Find a flexible program that lets you create your own timetable
One of the best things about technology is
how convenient it has made life for all of us. Want to watch a movie but don’t
want to step out? You can now Netflix and chill. Want to learn some trivia or
make calls without even lifting your finger? Siri and Alexa to the rescue!
In this world of technological revolutions,
the education sector is also starting to undergo a massive transformation. A
few top schools and colleges around the world are taking a lead in this domain,
and have adapted top-notch innovations to adjust to your schedules and transform
your learning experience by bringing your classroom to wherever you are (Yes,
you read that right!).
One of the best examples for this would be SP Jain’s Executive MBA program,
which is now delivered using the cutting-edge Engaged
Learning Online (ELO) platform. Designed especially for busy working
professionals, the program not only lets you study in an immersive virtual
classroom, it also lets you tailor your timetable perfectly to fit your busy
schedule. You can debate ideas with your peers in real-time, interact
personally with your faculty, study with top industry leaders, and do
everything else that you could’ve done in a traditional classroom, but without
leaving your job or your city.
Do your research and find a flexible program
that fits your requirements. Opting for virtual programs like these also help
you spend your time on the personal and professional commitments that are
important to you instead of wasting it in commute.
Connect with other working parents from your class
Once you sign up for the MBA, the main thing
to keep in mind is that you are not alone. There are millions of parents around
the world who are facing the same struggle as you on a daily basis. Seek out the
working parents from your class and arrange a casual meet with them. Not only
will you be able to connect with them on a whole new level, you can also get
tips from them about how they manage their schedules. No listicle you find on
the internet will give you the insights that an actual first-hand experience
Ask for help
While it might be tempting to take everything
up at once and be a hero, know that setting priorities and delegating are
equally important. Take some time to sort through your calendar once every week
and understand which tasks you could’ve avoided – both at work and at home.
Could a junior have created the first-draft of that presentation? Could you
have just ordered those groceries online instead of spending hours at the
supermarket? While most of these tasks might seem small, remember that they all
add up. Ask for help whenever possible and do remember to take some time out
for yourself. After all, gaining that much-needed peace of mind is what we all
Want to learn more about the SP Jain
Executive MBA? Admissions are currently open to the April 2020 intake. Click here to know more
and register for an open day.