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You’re already a master at juggling family life and work. If your children are fed and clothed, and your home is at least relatively ordered, not to mention the fact you’re holding down a responsible job, then you’re already doing impressively well. If you’ve thought that you’re already working at your capacity and you just don’t have the time to fit any kind of study to further your career, then think again; just a few adjustments could help you find the balance to work towards the qualifications and job you deserve.
- There will be no ideal time, so don’t put it off – even if you’re pregnant right now, or have a new baby. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first child or whether your next offspring will take you into double figures; your life is about to change, so a new routine that incorporates study is just a new routine. You may have to press pause from time to time as babies don’t stick to timetables, but establishing a book habit makes it easier to pick up again when you can.
- Your skills are transferable – if your children are older and in school, and you’re back in the workplace, then you absolutely have the organizational skills to fit study into family life. Spend your lunchbreaks studying in meeting rooms, or if you’re lucky enough to have a quiet office, at your desk. When you get home, enjoy family time without guilt; if you and your husband share bath and bedtime duties, then you can seize another half an hour or so when the house is quiet.
- Use your commute – don’t just take notes from your books, record them on your smartphone, and listen back to them on the way to and from work. Make yourself flashcards with relevant words and phrases which will prompt a recall. In short, give all your senses a chance to take information on board.
- You will flag – raising a family and holding down a job at the same time is tough. You will run out of energy. You might even want to throw in the towel and give up any idea of any further study or qualifications altogether, or at least until the children are older. There may even be spells where you have no choice but to take a little time out from your studies. However, never forget what you’re doing it for, and particularly what a great example you’re setting to your daughters.
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