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Balancing Act: Making Time Count for Studies and Family

By Dr. Marla Koonin

Executive Dean: Academic Operations, Student Support & Learning Experience


Global Family Day serves as a reminder of the significance of fostering harmony and unity in the midst of diversity, principles that are equally crucial.

when it comes to balancing academic pursuits with family commitments. In the grand scheme of things, time is our most valuable commodity, one that once spent, cannot be reclaimed. Therefore, it's imperative that we make every moment count.

Spending hours on end engrossed in tasks doesn't necessarily equate to meaningful productivity. To make the most of my time, I've adopted a structured approach, dividing my day into manageable chunks allocated to specific endeavours. Whether it's work, research, study, family, or self-care, each aspect gets its dedicated time slot. By adhering to this strategy, even if I don't tick off every task on my list, I still accomplish those I've earmarked for attention.


In the context of my PhD studies, implementing this method during the final year proved immensely beneficial. Setting aside dedicated hours from 5-6 am every weekday and a portion of one weekend day for my research ensured consistent progress without the pressure of playing catch-up later on. This disciplined approach not only alleviated feelings of overwhelm but also fuelled my motivation by fostering diligence and continuity.


The same principle extends to family time. As a single parent juggling work, study, and parenting responsibilities, I've come to understand that it's not about the quantity, but the quality of time spent with my son. Amidst the chaos of daily life, I carve out one sacred hour each day exclusively for him. During this time, I disconnect from distractions and fully immerse myself in his world, letting him choose our family activity of the day. It's a cherished ritual where we bond without interruptions, setting boundaries while instilling values of consistency and dedication.


As Marie Forleo aptly puts it, "Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently." This sentiment rings true in both my academic and familial endeavours. By prioritising quality over quantity and maintaining a steadfast commitment to my chosen pursuits, I've fostered harmony and unity within my home while pursuing my goals guilt-free.


This approach is adaptable and applicable to any area of life that holds significance. So, as we celebrate Global Family Day, let's remember to cherish our loved ones and make every moment count.

Happy Family Day!


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