When it comes to pursuing anything new in life, time management is a key ingredient to success. If you have started a new job, you need to balance your work and your life to avoid failing to give either enough attention. If you are planning to sell your house, you need to find a way to fit cleaning and repairs into your schedule or you’ll never get it on the market on time. And if you are pursuing a new degree, you’ve got to make time for studying, class, homework, and practicum or you’ll never keep your head above water.

Pursuit of an Masters in Business Administration, in particular, is exceptionally time intensive. If you’re going for your MBA, odds are you’ve already got some management experience, and therefore you are likely working full time while enrolled in studies part time. That’s why, in this article, we want to give you a few simple tips to manage your time while studying for your MBA.

Schedule Your Week, Every Week

You simply cannot get by and be successful in your MBA studies unless you stay ahead of the game. For this reason, we suggest setting a regular appointment with yourself on a day that is usually less busy than others. For most people, this is Sunday.

During your appointment with yourself, sit down somewhere quite with nothing but your calendar and a list of your to-dos for the week. Make time for all of your responsibilities. Don’t neglect to include time to complete required readings and assignments, as well as time to study for any upcoming examinations. A good recommendation is to allow at least one hour outside of class for every hour in class. So, if you meet for class 3 hours a week, block out 3 hours in your schedule every week for study and other coursework.

Plan Your Leisure

When setting your schedule, don’t forget to to include time for fun and family. Although it might seem like you are wasting precious work hours, leisure time helps recharge your mental batteries and prevent burnout. Even one hour a week that you set aside solely for relaxation can go a long way towards boosting productivity.

Make Extra Time for Group Projects

At the beginning of each semester, be sure to check the syllabus for any group projects. Often, these are much more time intensive than work that you complete on your own. Plan accordingly, and be the one in your group to push everyone else to set and meet deadlines.

There you have it, a few simple time management tips for those studying for their MBA. We hope they help you keep your mind and calendar on track once you decide to get started with your MBA.

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