Friday, May 6, 2011

I Have to Get Done

I have ten credit hours left.  TEN!  Ten measly credit hours until I'm done with my bachelors.  It's been a LONG haul.  I'm excited, but I'm doubting myself.  Can I do this?  I also have only one year.  One year in which to finish these ten hours--four classes.  I'm in the process of two of them, but I'm struggling.  Enduring to the end is difficult.  Once I got through the dreaded statistics course, it seems like I just felt done.  My biggest challenge had been surmounted.  I had succeeded.  These last classes should be a breeze, but for some reason, I can't get myself to stay on task.  I can't stay with the schedule I created and recreated for myself.  I've done this with every class.  It's worked beautifully.  Why not now?






Today I'm sitting down and creating the schedule for the last time, I hope.  I'm giving myself a bit of a break.  I think I was just trying to cram too much into each day and overwhelming myself.  I wanted to be done--NOW.  So, I was being unrealistic.

I have decided to give myself a week for each lesson.  These two courses I'm currently taking don't have midterms, so there isn't really a midway goal.  This is tough.

Within each week, I'm going to have specific goals from each lesson for each day.  As I accomplish these smaller goals, there will be rewards.  Most likely it will be something like blogging or facebook.  I have to make myself not touch them unless I've done the day's goals.  If I complete everything for the week, and get my assignments submitted, then there will be a bigger weekend reward.  I'll have to come up with some good ones that'll keep me motivated.  I'm open to your ideas.

Schoolwork with a little one running around the house is NOT easy.  It's hard to sit down; not to mention sit down and concentrate on something until it's complete, but I don't really have a choice.

So, tomorrow I get to run to my favorite library and work for a few hours.  I'm so thankful for a supportive husband.  For today, I will finish the schedule and make it much more doable--taking into consideration where I'm at in life right now.  Please remind me that this is all doable--even with an almost two-year-old.

8 comments:

Lena Baron said...

You can do this!!:) I know how you feel, well I know how I have felt in a similar situation. It is very hard! During my hard moments (with school) I have imagined myself as a child and then I give myself a pep talk from a mothers point a view. Strange, yes. But it helps a tiny bit. If anything, it just helps me remember that a huge reason why I am going to school is to gain experience in order to be a better mother.Remembering the fact that my children will(hopefully) be struggling through their college courses one day reminds me that I need to reach my goals so I can tell them that I endured to the end and I can give them a few pointers.

Good Luck! I have set some rewards for myself and the one that motivates me right now is a get-away with Hubby all alone! Very Motivating! Good Luck Julie!

Lynda said...

I am praying for you Julie. I know you can do it. Weak from a beating and weary from carrying our sins Jesus made it up that hill to die for us. He would have done it for only you, you can do it if for only Him. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. You have the mind of Christ. God bless you!!!

Toni Moxley said...

Julie - OF COURSE YOU CAN! There is nothing you can't do if you put your mind to it. These are the words we tell our children all the time and yet all too often we refuse to listen to our own advices! What you are doing is amazing and you should be super proud of yourself! I whole heartedly agree with coming up with goals and rewards - in fact I think you need an "almost there" party. An adult party just for you, with your friends (all of whom should bring a note of encouragement that you could open as you reach each of your upcoming goals!)I will even host it for you!! All because I think you are doing something so amazing!!

Julie said...

Thank you for the encouragement and the reminders of why I'm doing this and how important it is. After reading your comments, I'm feeling much more motivated to do this and keep going. Thanks!

Toni - you'd really do that? For me? Such a fun idea, but it'd have to be a reward in and of itself. I'd have to do some pretty amazing work in order to deserve such a thing. Thank you for thinking of it. Even the thought makes me happy. Thank you!

meganconser said...

You can do it! You can do it! What can I do to help? I am all for rewards... Another pedi-mani? I will buy this time around... and add nail art... I am very impressed with you Julie. lovelovelove you!

Toni Moxley said...

YES Julie, I would TOTALLY do that for you! I will get together with you soon to find a date that will work! I think it's important to celebrate what you have already accomplished and what you are so close to finishing!

Jen said...

I'm proud of you! You are seeking after something that is so important and something you will always value and never regret! You are a strong woman and have a strong support system! You can do this!

Brenda said...

I am just finishing my bachelors too but all of my kids are in school. My hats go off to you doing it with a little one in the house. The minute the kids get home = goodbye study time for me! :)

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