Balancing Continuing Education With Your Busy LifeBalancing Continuing Education With Your Busy Life

Many professionals today find it necessary to stay on top of their game by participating in continuing education classes. These classes serve a wide variety of purposes, from providing additional certifications and licenses, to keeping you fully informed on the latest information in your industry, and even helping you gain a higher degree. For more information on continuing education in the psychological field, including LCSW CEU courses, visit Professional Psych Seminars.

While you’re a working professional, you may find it difficult and stressful to balance your career with continuing education and home life. For your own mental health as well as the well-being of your career and your family, it’s important that you manage each of these aspects and avoid becoming overwhelmed. Here are a few tips to help you achieve your continuing educational goals while effectively managing your career and family.

Schedule Your Time

The most important thing for any busy professional is time management. You may already have an effective schedule in place, and you will understand by now that it’s crucial to manage your time almost to the minute. If you don’t already have a scheduling system, set aside a half hour of quiet time each week to plan your week’s schedule and appointments. Input this information into an application that you can bring up on your work and home computers as well as your smartphone. This way you’ll have instantly synced information that you can update at any time.

Manage Your Workload

While you’re scheduling the week ahead, you will have an idea of your upcoming tasks and responsibilities. This should include your family appointments as well as work responsibilities and continuing education assignments and lessons. Prioritize what you can, so you will immediately know which tasks and appointments are at the top of your list. Avoid double-booking yourself.

Seek Help

It’s understandable that during this time, you may need to lessen your workload in as many areas as possible. Talk to your boss about reassigning some of your less important jobs for a brief period while you take care of your educational needs. Since continuing education is often career-based, most employers will be understanding and accommodating. Talk to your spouse and children about the extra workload you’ve been taking on, and ask them to help out with chores, meals and anything else that can lessen your stress and make things more peaceful.

Take Time Out

For your own sanity, don’t forget to take care of yourself. You should not take on so much extra work that you aren’t able to get any sleep. You should also be able to have at least one hour each day to unwind and participate in an activity you enjoy. Also make sure your loved ones aren’t neglected. For an hour or two after work or on weekends, you should be able to spend time enjoying your family members. Remind them – and yourself – that this period of continuing education is only temporary. Remember that once you are finished, you will feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment as you are able to benefit your career. Your family members will also be proud of you for what you’ve achieved and the example you’ve set.

by Psy Chsem
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