It is often difficult balancing the situations of home life, work and school. Having all three going at once does not lead to a leisurely schedule. These situations often come about through the need to either further studies in order to get a degree to make their families' lives better and/or the need to work to pay for a degree. This is the situation I found myself in. Having only a bachelor's in teaching the pay was, quite frankly, dismal. Upon doing some research, I discovered that having a Master's degree would bring more pay.
That is how my journey began.
Listing my responsibilities, duties, and leisure activities was the first step.
This list for "family" consisted of such things as getting the kids ready for (and to and from) school, paying bills, keeping up with chores around the house, getting my kids to their obligations after school such as soccer and piano and spending time with my husband and kids. Perhaps I might be able to work in watching a TV show a couple of evenings or even go out with friends once in a while.
Things that came under the heading of "work" were things like getting there on time, getting lesson plans finalized before the students barreled into the room, managing student behavior problems, attending any meetings scheduled, taking care of "extra" duties such as monitoring the lunch room or student arrival in the morning and, of course, communicating with parents. School was next. I approximated how many hours I would need to study or work on assignments for each class during a day and week.
The next step was Categorizing and Prioritizing. This involved separating things into the categories of "Urgent Musts, ""Important," and "Desires." In this list, for example, the priority of paying bills illustrated "Urgent Musts." "Important" items were such things as keeping up with the household chores, dropping off and picking up the kids at school and keeping up with household chores. Though "Desires" were still important, they were...