Earning an MBA while working full-time is a challenge that requires careful consideration of how you spend your time. Add family to the equation, and the problem becomes much harder to solve. While there is no single right answer, one way to approach this challenge is by finding ways to free up time or maximize the value you get from your daily activities.
So how do you do that?
Below, we’ve put together 5 time saving tips for earning an MBA while working full-time:
1. Turn Work Projects into Class Assignments
Business education is applicable to almost any profession. So keep your eyes open for opportunities to turn work projects into class assignments. Are you writing a marketing plan for work? Pitch the idea to your professor and see if your work assignment could be relevant for the course you are taking. Doing so will not only give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge but also make your time count twice.
2. Meet with your Group Virtually
Group projects are inevitable and many groups naturally opt to meet face-to-face. However, in many situations, meeting virtually through Google hangouts, can save you time by offering the convenience of meeting with your group from your dinner table. Google hangouts not only allow you to meet virtually with multiple people at once, but you can also use Google’s share document feature to edit documents with your group simultaneously.
3. Create a Facebook Group for your Cohort
You may not think that spending time on Facebook can actually save you time but it can…when used responsibly. If your cohort does not already have its own Facebook group, take the initiative to create one. You’ll find that it is a great way to reach out to your classmates and receive a quick response. Whether you forgot a detail about your next assignment, can’t find a handout, or simply need to alert the team that you are running late, posting on the group’s wall gives you instant access to classmates. When used as a forum-like platform, Facebook cohort groups can offer time savings in connecting with one of your most valuable resources: classmates.
4. Consider Outsourcing Housekeeping
For many working adults, particularly those with families, house chores like laundry and cleaning can take up a lot of time. If you find yourself in this category, consider the possibility of outsourcing some of these responsibilities. This weekly or bi-weekly investment can free up time you can spend studying or with your family.
5. Spend an Extra Hour at Work
Finding a few hours of uninterrupted time to focus on your studies is particularly challenging if you have a family. That’s why it’s important to make use of small pockets of time with regularity. One way to do that is by staying an extra hour at work every day — or on days on which your schedule permits —to work on your assignments. Though not true for everyone, staying in office provides a distraction free environment in which you can focus.
William Wood students pursuing an MBA in Entrepreneurial Leadership can also save time by choosing to take courses at a location that suits their busy lifestyle including Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, and Blue Springs.