Top 5 tips on managing work and MBA simultaneouslyChen Wan Lim
Having a healthy work-life balance whilst pursuing an MBA is crucial to ensure overall success of your career, studies and wellbeing. Here are the top 5 tips compiled by STUDYMASTERS.MY on how to successfully manage work and MBA simultaneously:
Tip 1: Prioritise
Warren Buffet once had a conversation with his pilot about the goals his pilot wanted to accomplish in his career. Warren then asked his pilot to list down 25 goals he wants to accomplish and then to narrow it down to only 5 goals. His pilot noted that the top 5 goals are his primary goals and the remaining 20 goals are secondary. Warren rebuked his pilot stating that he should only focus on the top 5 goals and discard the secondary goals. From this illustration, we can deduce that we need to prioritise things that are most important to us first, without being distracted by other secondary issues.
Tip 2: Reorganise work schedule
Pursuing an MBA while working involves a great deal of juggling and reorganising of existing workload. As classes are often held during the night and on weekends for part-time MBA courses, candidates would perhaps need to lessen the amount of travelling, should your day job require extensive traveling. Reorganising workload also involves clever delegation. David Allen, a productivity consultant once said “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything”.
Tip 3: Know yourself
Candidates ought to know their own limitations. In this day and age, the 9-to-5 rule often doesn’t apply. With employees pumping in overtime and getting caught in after office hour traffic jams, squeezing every minute out of a day can be tricky. Of course, nothing is impossible and pursuing a part-time MBA can surely be done. Hence, knowing yourself is important for this purpose. Consider your workload, study load, commute times and weekend schedule properly. Then decide on an MBA programme which can accommodate your schedule.
Tip 4: Ask for help!
There is no shame in asking for help – be it from your colleagues, friends, family and even your MBA course mates. If you need some time-off to study, get a colleague to cover in for you. If you need someone to babysit your children, get a family member to sit in for you. If you can’t attend an MBA seminar for a day, get a course mate to take notes for you. Collaborating and cooperating with the people around you helps.
Tip 5: Keep your eye on the prize
The keyword here is ‘focus’. Being focused and maintaining an eagle’s eye view on the end-goal of attaining that coveted MBA title will help candidates push through; juggling between their day jobs and night classes. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone once said, “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus”.