Monday, February 7, 2011

Director’s Corner: Handling the Work Load

I hope you are now well settled in for the second half of the MA program. One issue many of you have shared with me is your current workload and how to handle it.

In addition to having a full load of courses, you are also working on finding a job, have Action Learning Projects to complete, and are trying to maintain some balance between school and having a life. We all recognize how difficult this is and the stress it can create. Throughout the MA program there will be peaks and valleys in your workload and right now you are in one of the peak periods. 

While all of these elements of the program are important, there will be times where you have to prioritize what is most important to you and allocate your time accordingly. Developing this skill now will serve you well for the rest of your professional and personal lives. A couple of other strategies that you might also consider to help cope with the demanding workload include:

  • Seek the advice of some of our second year MBA students. I’m sure they would be happy to share with you the strategies they employed to navigate the set of courses you are currently taking.
  • • Meet with Student Affairs and CMC to discuss time management skills.  

Finally, please let me know if you feel that you are so overwhelmed that you can’t find the time to take a break or that you are generally not coping well with the workload. 

Be strong!
Derrick Boone

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