Doing a course can be time consuming, even if you are doing it full time. Having to balance an IT project management course with work can therefore be very tricky. Many IT professionals will work in the evenings at home as well as at work and so it may be very difficult to squeeze in any more time. However, there are ways that you may be able to do it.
Study At Work
You may find that there are sometimes opportunities to study at work. This could be when having a coffee break, in your lunch hour, while on hold on the phone or atr quiet times. It is worth having coursework with you at work so that you can make use of any spare opportunities to study.
Cut Out Leisure Activities
You may have a lot of out of work activities and you may be able to cut some down. However, you may think that you do nothing apart from work and you cannot free up time. However, it is probably possible to. It is good to keep a diary for a week and write down exactly what you do for the whole day. You will then see how long it takes you to do things and what exactly you are doing. You may find that you spend lots of time in the bath when you could be studying, more time watching television than you thought or spend time lying in bed at the weekends. If you are serious about studying then you will need to ditch some leisure time so that you can study.
It is important to make sure that you do not get distracted when you are studying. People do think that the radio, music or television do not distract them, but actually they can be much more distracting than you might think. It is therefore a good idea to study in a room alone, with no music or TV on so that you can concentrate. The better you can concentrate, the more likely you are to be able to study more quickly and accurately. If you are quicker you will not need to give up so much leisure time.
It is a good idea to write out a timetable so that you know when you should be studying. This will enable you to be able to know exactly when you have to work. It will stop you being able to procrastinate and make excuses for not working as you will not be able to timetable in other activities instead.
It is a good idea to set yourself goals to achieve. You may have milestones in the course that you have to pass within a certain time and that will plan it for you. Otherwise it is a good idea to set yourself some goals so that you have something to aim for.
So there are a number of things that you can do to make sure that you balance work and study for an IT course.