Organization Tips For Moms Taking Online Courses
When I signed up for my course to teach Childbirth Classes, I had no idea how difficult it would be. Not that the class is impossible to complete, but it is so jam-packed and Izzy has a hard time sharing my attention. So I am a few months in, and am already behind schedule. I finally decided it was time to revamp the way I am going about this and I need to try to be more focused on my course than I have been in the past.
When you have a toddler who doesn’t let you get things done during the day, you have to do everything while they sleep or for those few moments during the day that they are preoccupied. And if your course isn’t your PASSION, you won’t have the motivation to do it during your free time.
So my very first tip is to make sure that you are enrolled in a class you are passionate about.
Don’t waste time doing a job because it’s “easy” or a “quick way to make money”. Because life is too short to waste time on things that you don’t love. My dad has always told me that when you love what you do, you don’t work a day in your life.
My next tip is to have a specific place set up for studying and working.
They always say that you should never have your work space in your bedroom (because it can affect your sleep), but I say work where you are comfortable and have the space! In our previous home I had a desk area for my crafts and laptop. Since we moved I have been trying out new places in the house to have as my “office area” and lately it has just been the dining room table.
If you don’t have space to create an office area, utilize the space you do have! It doesn’t have to be perfect. You don’t need a desk. Just your coursework and whatever you need for organization.
My next tip is to cater to your learning technique.
I am a tacticle (or kinesthetic) learner. Meaning I learn best when I write things down, and I prefer to have physical books and papers for reference; Essentially, I just learn by doing.
So something that helps me is having a paper calendar to write on, writing my papers by hand before typing them up to submit them, and writing down keywords, phrases and statistics so I can best remember them. Figure out how you learn best and utilize your strengths!
One of my biggest lifesavers (not just to stay organized for my class) is my bullet journal. I use it to write down important assignments, make routines, set time limits for myself, and keep track of my goals.
I recommend bullet journaling to everyone! It is personalized to you are there is no right or wrong way to have one. I will actually be making a separate bullet journal blog post where I show pictures of mine and explain how I use it - so if you are interested keep an eye out for that soon!
Another important tip is to set goals!
You should make a checklist of all of your assignments and coursework you have to get done, and write when you want it completed by. This will help you remember what needs to get done and it will also remind you how much you have accomplished - which can be extremely encouraging! I do all of this in my bullet journal.
My last tip is to find ways that make it easier getting work done during the day.
During the day, I can’t do much of anything. Izzy hates when I read, am on my computer, get chores done, basically whenever I am not playing with her. So I sometimes have to let her sit in my lap while I do things. Or I have to take multiple breaks to play with her while I complete an assignment or chores.
Even though it is time consuming, it does make it easier for me to get some work done! That way when Izzy is sleeping, I’m not spending all of my time studying.
I hope this post helps a mom out there struggling with school and motherhood! Let me know if you have any more tips; I am always looking for new tips to juggle everything!