Next week is the start of another semester of MBA night classes. I learned a hard lesson last year during my first semester. I loved my Accounting class and enjoyed the challenge of the homework and as a true nerd even loved taking the tests. My huge mistake in Accounting landed me my first B in the MBA program (and hopefully my last!!) I got cocky. I was speeding through the tests and the homework with great success and I took this to an extreme with the final. The night of the final I had an obligation to get home at a certain time (so my husband could go to work) and I let that take priority over my final exam. I made foolish mistakes – answers that I could have fixed if I had spent more time reading through the test again.
Lesson Learned: What I should have done: hire a babysitter to watch the kids. That would have let me stay in class as LONG as I needed and let my husband get to work on time. Less stress across the board – doesn’t that sound nice!
This MBA program has been really interesting to take on. I have to balance the class with work, kids, gym, friends and anything extra that gets thrown into the mix. I know that I don’t have the time to study for 20+ hours a week. I am ok with that – I am also ok with getting a B if I need to. At the end of the day the grades for each individual class won’t make a difference. The real goal for me is completion of the full program. What drives me nuts about the scenario above is that it was under my control and I could have resolved it with a little planning ahead. I won’t make that same mistake again.
With the semester starting next week – I am making myself a couple promises:
· Don’t get cocky
· Take my time during class – to ask questions and absorb anything I can. (The more I can get done in the class, the less I need to tackle at home.)
· Go to weekend study groups at Panera – and don’t eat too many pastries!
How do you balance your time? What lessons have you learned this year?
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