So, how do you get through the next several weeks without wishing your life away? To answer, let me rewind a few years to my MBA classes. I still have in my possession the initial Pace Sheet my MBA advisor started with me before taking my first graduate class. Fourteen MBA classes in all and I remember thinking how awful was my plight and how it would take FOREVER to get through the next 2 years. I had a full-time job that required a lot of travel and a full-time family with three young children that required a lot of my attention. There were many things I would rather be doing than reading textbooks into the night and writing those papers. Man, so much writing! I couldn't wait for 2 years to come so I could be done with classes forever! It seemed like I was stuck in a bad dream with no relief in sight for months and months.
Each class was divided into one-week segments that started on Thursday and ended on Wednesday at midnight. Depending on the class, the online syllabus for the upcoming week would open up on either Tuesday or Wednesday, and every assignment, big or small, was listed for us to view so we could start making preparations on how to accomplish the overwhelming workload. There was a ton of reading, numerous discussion questions to answer and case studies to analyze, and always more writing than I felt was necessary.
One day it occurred to me that I actually had a lot to be grateful for. After all, most people in the world do not even get the chance to go to college, and here I was earning a graduate degree. Fun? No way. But a true blessing beyond my realization. Instead of longing for the end of the course, I began to focus on shorter, bite-sized pieces. Since our course work was divided up into weekly segments, I focused on simply completing each week and not getting hung up on the entire course. One week was manageable. One week was doable.
It was now a game. Me vs. This Week. I broke the big tasks into smaller, daily, bite-sized, little, itty-bitty tasks that forced me out of my daydreamy, wish-it-were-over mentality to let's-do-this, bring-it-on, going-to-blow-this-out-of-the-water mentality. Each week, incidentally, flew by and, before I knew it, the whole MBA thing was over.
So don't waste your time wishing for Spring Break. Focus your efforts on the now. Focus your energy on taking care of business...one week at a time.