My Busy Schedule


Think back to the busiest time of your life. Perhaps it was when you were graduating high school and balancing school, sports, and friends? Or maybe when your first child was born or when you started college while still working full-time and managing a busy household of teenagers, carpools, and parent/teacher conferences. Regardless of what creates your busy schedule, your ability to set priorities and avoid the habit of procrastination will help you achieve your personal, professional, and academic goals.

As you fit your class(es) into your schedule this term, how are you keeping track of what needs to be done each week? I am working on a Bachelor degree in Psychology. I work full time . I have three adult daughters and two grandchildren.


The modern life is characterized by a combination of work and career goals on the one hand and education, family and self-improvement efforts on the other. People are increasing being compelled to adapt to fast-changing workplacepractices, educational requirements, and family responsibilities(Pittinsky and Levine, 1997). In addition, the empowerment of women in the labor market has led to the restructuring of work-life balance. In today’s world,a major goal is to achieve and maintain a balance in all these areas while at the same time ensuring productivity and personal satisfaction. I have had an interesting experience working full time, taking up a Bachelor of Psychology degree, and maintaining an interaction with my three adult daughters and their two children. This experience has greatly enabled me to reflect on the need to maintain balance in daily life.


In truth, coordinating between work and education is itself a very challenging task (Weiner, 1985). Maintaining ties with my children and spending time with my grandchildren has admittedly become more difficult with the pursuit of the psychology degree taking up most of my extra time. However, the process has gotten easier, and even though I remain extremely busy, I have began to truly enjoy and take pleasure in this system of daily life. I believe in a structure of organization as well as the need to break down tasks and allocate timeto individual goals. It is ultimately important to organize tasks depending on priority and to ensure strict execution. Through a systematic schedule, I am able to avoid procrastination in any of my goals and to be highly productive. Besides, through consistency, this routine and principles become less tiresome, less flawed and begin to strengthen the quality of output.

Even though I do underestimate the principle of multitasking, I have developed a preference for a monochromatic time strategy in which I focuson completing single tasks, one at a time, according to the time I have allocated to each. While doing this may be difficult at first, this system soon becomes self-supporting and promotes a positive cycle of continuity in all my responsibilities. If I am unable to accomplish a task, then I simply allocate another period as opposed to indulging in a session of being unsatisfied with my performance. In a busy and fast-moving setting, it is imperative to accept negative experiences, strengthen the positive ones and quickly readjust in terms of strategy and execution. Time serves as a functional unit and instrument for goal execution (Weiner, 1985). In addition to being time-conscious at all times, I often find it necessary to seek help from family members, friends whenever I am overwhelmed by work and family-related activities.


Pittinsky, T. and Levine, J. (1997). Working Fathers: New Strategies for Balancing Work and Family. Reading: Addison-Wesley.

Weiner, L. (1985). From Working Girl to Working Mother: The Female Labor Force in the United States, 1820-1980. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina.

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