How do I keep a work-life balance and stay realistic?

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Family and Work Balance are Essential

Establish a good balance while juggling family, work obligations, school demands, and life in general. The following will help keep your stress levels lower throughout the program.

  • Schedule Time With and Honor Your FAMILY
    • With such a demanding coursework load, spontaneity may not always be possible, and it will be necessary to schedule family/friend time into your day or week.
    • While it may seem unusual to schedule family/friend time, you may find that the structure creates a guard to the possibility of neglecting those who matter most.
  • Schedule Time to PLAY and LAUGH
    • Whether it is weekly, biweekly, or monthly, schedule time to do things that bring you joy in order to disengage from the stress of school. Your mind will enjoy the break and your body will thank you.
  • Let People Know What You Are Doing
    • Consult with your family about the commitment of the program and how it will impact all of you. Also let your co-workers and friends know that you are on a journey to obtain your Doctorate in Education. Help those in your life to understand the commitment you have made so that when you need to decline invitations for outings and activities it will be understood.

Be Realistic and Persistent, and You Will Triumph

It is going to take persistent and consistent hard work to complete your program and obtain your Doctorate in Education. Once complete you will have devoted 3.75 years to achieve your educational goal

  • Over the course of the program, Murphy’s Law may apply, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong,” in all aspects of your life, so be prepared and flexible.
  • Do not worry about being perfect in every assignment and every class; focus on the growth experience as you obtain new knowledge.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

After all is said and done, you will have a new title and fancy new wall decor! And, of course, new expertise!

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