Make Time for Education

  • One of the most common excuses (outside of money) for not going to college is time, or the lack thereof.  In fact, if you work at a job where you work more than sixty or seventy hours a week without days off, then you can say that you do not have time for school. If you are truly working that many hours, and may people do, I hope that you are very happy with your work. I do not believe that many people “really” enjoy working those hours unless it doing is something for which they have great passion.

    Most people, who work a normal five-day workweek want to relax at the end of the day, spend some time with the kids, the husband or wife, their friends etc. I was one who did exactly that. After work, I would go to the park with my kids or spend time with my wife. Once a week I would hang out with friends for a few hours. However, most of the time I would relax on the couch and watch a movie, read, surf the internet or some other mundane activity. I do not even enjoy watching TV. I would essentially flip through the stations for a couple of hours until I got tired and went to bed. I was not quite filling my time as productively as I should.

    People do many things during non-working hours that are enjoyable and may even fill their passion. However, if you are considering improving your education by getting your first college degree, trade school certificate or even a post-graduate degree, you should write down the benefits and rewards for doing so and compare them to the benefits of the things that you currently do during your non-working hours. Then decide which activities have the best long-term benefits for you and achieving your goals. Improving your education will most likely be the best choice.

    Once I made the decision to go back to school, having time was not an excuse that I allowed myself to make. I was convinced that going to school would be productive and I fully understood the benefits of having a college degree.  I could spend three to four hours a night in a classroom where I would earn a valuable education instead of watching time pass me by each night. When you think about how much time you that you waste, you will find that you have more time than you think.

    It is a matter of choosing what you want the most. You need to decide if spending Tuesday nights doing shots at the club is going to pay dividends for your future. My guess is that it is not. If you want to be more successful in your career and life, make getting a college degree a priority. When I made the choice to improve most areas of my life, I made getting a college degree my priority. I was still able to spend time with my family, I made new friends, and I changed my nights from being non-productive to being enjoyable and well worth the time spent.

    Therefore, if you think time is an obstacle for you to go back to school, analyze what it is that you do every day outside of work and find yourself three to four hours for a couple of days a week and go and learn something. Your life will change and most definitely become more exciting!