You know that conversation you have with just about everyone when you tell them that you are starting an MBA programme? It goes: “Congratulations – what school are you going to?”
The conversation quickly turns into how much work the MBA will be and if you are ready to make the time sacrifice. Hopefully, like me, you’ll have taken this into consideration when deciding to pursue an MBA. But one thing I have learned from speaking to MBA graduates is exactly how much work it really is. Bearing that in mind, I’ve been spending the last two months organising my work and my personal life before I start the Global MBA programme at IE Business School.
• I have become the Queen of Lists, everything that needs to be done at work over the next week or month goes on the list. It allows me to work effectively and I get a sense of satisfaction from crossing things off the list.
• I have addressed the tasks I’ve been putting off – we all have them, the ones that don’t have deadlines or seem unimportant. I decided to finish those tasks, because they would just become a distraction.
• Organisation is my new middle name – I looked at the broader picture – what could I organise and make more efficient now for the months ahead so that my day to day runs more smoothly?
• I have employed a cleaner – it is going to free up half a day for me once a week.
• I finished my taxes way before the deadline – another task off my plate.
• I have made a concerted effort to spend as much time as possible with friends and family. My Saturdays will be taken up with school and my free time during the week will be spent on schoolwork.
• Exercise is a huge part of my life so I have got into the habit of waking up early to exercise as that may be some of the only free time I have to do it.
• The cat walker is on hold for the time being, but I’m not ruling that out either!
Time will tell whether this strategy means that at least the first few months of the MBA will be less stressful as I balance life and work. I figure it can’t have done any harm.