Want To Get More Done?
As a busy adult juggling countless tasks and responsibilities every day, how do you get it all done – including completing your online degree program
You don't consider yourself a procrastinator. Not really. In fact, you're generally pretty organized.
It's just that things happen.
Your aging golden retriever gets sick during the night, and it's all over your living room carpet.
Now you have to work a trip to the vet into a day already packed with meetings, your mother-in-law's birthday dinner, and several discussion posts to write for your online psychology course.
Last week you reached into the fridge (the day after you went grocery shopping) to find it suspiciously warm.
You ended up spending the day keeping coolers of perishable food filled with ice and discussing the merits of Energy Star-certified refrigerators with appliance salespeople. So much for finishing your case studies for your criminal law class.
Call it procrastination or a delay, the end result is the same. Something important didn't get done because something urgent took its place.
And before you know it, all of those small individual delays add up.
The primary reason why you chose an online degree program was because it afforded you the flexibility you needed to be able to complete your college degree.
But life happens. Kids get sick. Elderly parents need care. Work schedules change.
How do you keep your good intentions to complete your online degree program from getting side tracked? How do you keep your momentum and your focus when the unexpected keeps cropping up?
You prepare, plan, and prioritize.
If you're a business major, you may be familiar with Pareto's Principle. Originally a mathematical formula developed by an Italian economist, it has also become known as the 80-20 rule. The premise is that 80 percent of the effects in any situation stem from 20 percent of the causes.
For you, as a busy working adult and online student, Pareto's Principle means that out of everything that you have to do in a given day only 20 percent of it really matters. So identify and focus on those things.
As Stephen Covey also says, "The key is not to prioritize what's on the schedule, but to schedule your priorities."
How do you get more done? Share your tips!
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