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How to fit professional development into your schedule

If you're keen to boost your career prospects but you're stuck as to how you're going to fit it into your schedule, keep reading

Posted by Joe Lawson-West | June 23, 2017 | People

Sometimes, finding a perfectly harmonious work/life balance can be extremely tricky - and it can be even harder to achieve when you throw professional development into the mix. If you’re keen to boost your career prospects but you’re stuck as to how you’re going to fit it into your schedule, keep reading. We’ve got three tips that could help you achieve your goals without having to sacrifice everything else.

Take advantage of online learning

 For some people, traditional classroom-based learning is ideal, but not all of us have the time. So, if you’re struggling to figure out how to squeeze professional development into your timetable, you could turn to the internet for help and take advantage of online learning instead. Specialist health and safety training website sheilds.org.uk highlights the fact that elearning materials can be accessed any time and anywhere. Generally, as long as you have access to an internet connection and a computer or laptop, you shouldn’t find it too difficult to find a time and place to get on with your work.

Depending on the course you take, you may find that you’re able to take it at your own pace too. So, whether you choose to study of an evening or a weekend, you should have enough time to finish your studies when it suits you.


Set realistic goals

Setting goals is a great motivation, but it’s important to be realistic. Giving yourself objectives that aren’t within your reach isn’t practical and you’ll be setting yourself up for a fall before you’ve even begun. As a result, it’s likely you’ll feel uninspired to keep going and you’ll end up getting nowhere. Your time is precious and it’s vital that you use it wisely, so make sure you establish attainable, realistic goals that are going to be worth your while.


Dedicate time

You can’t expect to make progress with your professional development unless you make room for it. So, in order to reach your set goals, it’s important that you dedicate enough time to it. Take a look at your calendar. Shuffling around some of your existing priorities to make way for your studies should enable you to fit everything in.

Even if you’ve got a jam-packed schedule, finding time to work on your professional development isn’t impossible. Putting these tips into practice could help you reach your full potential and enable you to boost your career prospects.

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