We’re all so busy these days. Once you add up how much time you invest in your career, family life and leisure activities, it’s hard to even contemplate doing an online degree on top.

But what if there was a way of juggling all of the above whilst earning an online university masters degree at the same time? The truth is, it’s amazing what you can do if you put your mind to it.

Here are four tips that could help you free up some time:

  1. Identify your goals
    Goals are what will keep you motivated and focused – both of which are essential for maintaining good online study habits. So constantly ask yourself what you want to achieve in a year’s time, or even in 10 years’ time. This will impact what you do TODAY, as long-term goals are founded on the achievement of smaller short-term goals.
  2. Be time-efficient
    How many times have you checked your Facebook account today? If not Facebook then what about your emails, or perhaps Twitter? The modern world is full of distractions, and it’s easy to fall prey to what Eastern tradition refers to as “monkey mind” – where the brain jumps from one thing to the next. Keep track of what you do with your time. Focus on completing the task at hand (no matter how small) by a certain time, and if you cannot complete it now, ask yourself when you will be able to finish it. This type of planning will promote a positive mindset for online learning and the chances are, if you commit to doing something for ten minutes, you’ll keep doing it until it’s done.
  3. Keep lists
    Have you ever encountered that nagging sense that you should be doing something without ever really knowing what it is? This is common for busy people. Keeping a list not only means you can track your progress, but it’ll also help you define which goals are long-term and which require more urgent attention. Lists are also great for time management as they help us track our progress and then plan accordingly.
  4. It’s a matter of time and space
    Avoiding distractions and interruptions can be half the battle when it comes to managing time. While part of this is about retaining the self-discipline to avoid spending hours on YouTube, it also applies to the environment you’re in – especially in the context of studying a course online. By having a specific space in which to study, a quiet corner away from family, TV and house pets, you’re creating a physical and mental buffer that will make it easier for you to focus on what you’re trying to achieve.

It may seem like a long journey but you are not alone; as an online student, you are part of a community of learners with whom you can share your experiences.

The University of Roehampton, London Online offers a range of online masters degree programmes with flexible learning models that help working people around the globe to earn a UK education, regardless of where they live or the hours they work, thereby enabling them to follow their personal and professional goals and pursue a brighter future. It’s time to make time.

Find out more about masters degree programmes at the University of Roehampton, London Online today!

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