Posted on May 24, 2014
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Hello my fellow Service Members,

I will start the journey of working on my masters degree this summer and I'm seeking advice from across the forces as to the best practices for time management. Here is a little about my personal situation. I'm a husband and proud father of a 6 yr old, 4yr old, and 3month old. I currently serve as a Detachment Sergeant, so you know I pretty much have my hands full at work and home. I have only signed up for one class this upcoming term to get a feel for it.

Please provide as much feedback in reference to how you managed family time, work, class work, and personal time to obtain or work towards your degree. While pursuing my bachelors, I spent countless nights up until 0200-0300 working on class work because that's when everyone was sleep.
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SFC Ewing, congratulations on taking your education to the next level, I think you'll find it to be worth the effort, although I'm also pretty sure that you'll be glad when its done! :) It does appear that you'll have your hands full, so I think that up front defining your personal measure of success will be important. In other words how much time will you allow yourself to work on school? Your idea of taking just one class to begin is a really good idea, and once you've got the scheduling down and a 'feel for the wheel' you'll have a good sense of how much time it will take to produce the products, research, study, etc. Those lessons learned during your undergraduate work will of course apply, just remember to keep some time specifically for family, and try to smell the roses along the way and enjoy the journey. Again, congratulations and best wishes for continued blessing & success for you and your family!
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Sir,

Thank you for the feedback. I truly appreciate it.
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May Burns said it all. I tried to schedule time to work on school and for family. The hardest part was sticking to it. I would either be having a lot of fun with my family and not want to break away or be elbow deep in a paper and not want to loose momentum. It took some compromise with my wife and work but it can be done. I wish you all the luck in the world!
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Sir,

Thank you for the feedback. I appreciate it.
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