When you sit down at 3:00 in the morning to write a blog post you came up with a week ago and don’t actually tie it up until 10:30 in the evening, you know you have issues! My apologies for not having this up this morning, but I will do “B” immediately afterword to keep things rolling for tomorrow.
Today, I was going to talk about being an adult getting my college degree online. I signed up for Columbia College in Missouri’s online program to get my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a double-major in finance and accounting. After several terms of getting prerequisites and general studies out of the way as well as a few business classes that featured information I had already learned while running an e-commerce business, I am into Intermediate Accounting I and will then go into II and III (the third is not mandatory for my degree, but I am using it as an elective because I can use my $250 textbook for one more term!).
Because these are the first really deep classes where I am going to have to study to make sure I retain the relevant information necessary to move into my accounting information systems, corporate finance, and auditing classes, I am trying to be really conscientious about taking copious notes as I read my course material since I can usually retain something if I hear it a couple of times and/or write it down. I hope that I maintain this habit, as it is not one that comes naturally to me. When I was in high school (I graduated ten years ago this year), I usually just listened in class and spent my evenings reading Jane Eyre, Jane Austens novels, and Ben-Hur.
Since graduation, I have been almost entirely self-employed (I did have two part-times jobs at various time periods) and motivated myself for that. I just hope I have enough motivation to go around to push through my last 2.5 years of college while maintaining my freelance writing career for clients and my own web-sites which I hope will be my secured future. While all this goes on, I worry about my larger family and plan for lots of new adventures for my own family unit while also trying to keep up with my reading habit and enjoying some downtime with my husband.
Sometimes it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day since I have to sleep for eight hours to get all of this rolling. So many books on successful people emphasize the need to go without sleep, but I call B.S. on that. There are some people who can do without sleep and function pretty well for those extra few hours a day. My husband is one of them, but if he does it too many days in a row, it does start to effect his personality even if he can work. I don’t think anyone would be any different. Something has to suffer when you aren’t treating your body right.
With so many people participating in the A to Z challenge, I know there are others who can relate and offer sage advice. I know I’m not the only person juggling several plates and a body that needs its rest. So far, I have managed to delegate tasks and refrain from feeling guilty if I don’t get to call everyone in my family on a regular basis. Both of those have been a big help, but I still feel like there are other things I can do. Things I have considered: anti-goof off locks on my computer and always being a little bit hungry because I seem to be more alert (and therefore work better) when I eat small snacks that don’t make me fill full. Anything else?