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Currently I'm a full time employee with the potential to improve myself. I've enrolled in a Master's degree program that will require me to take classes during working hours. For example, I will begin work at 8 AM, head to a lecture at 9 AM, then return to work at 11 AM and work until 5 PM. Lectures will be held every day including weekends.

I work in the IT field which occasionally requires me to stay late and work into the night. Work emergencies and exams will also impact my schedule. I think I'll be overloading myself but I will not get such another opportunity like this easily.

Are there any tips or productivity boosts that may help me in this situation? Is there any scientific research related to this topic - managing/balancing work and school? Are there any proven techniques that can help?

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I don't understand what kind of tips you're looking for--how is it different from any other schooling situation other than you're getting paid to do it? – Dave Newton Oct 6 '12 at 17:05
It's a regular load, nothing in any of them is an excuse to anything wrong I do in the other. – amyassin Oct 6 '12 at 21:12
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Watch your overtime. If it really is necessary (emergency at work) ask for time off the next day to catch up. Working 8-9 and 11-5 isn't excessive so it would only be overtime that would be a problem.


I bet you "waste" time on lots of things - tv, internet, etc. You'll need to figure out how to prioritize your time.

Doing a masters degree while working full time is common, don't worry.

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Worrying was the main reason of this question :-) – amyassin Oct 7 '12 at 5:32
And get enough sleep. This will keep you more mentally alert and able to do things more efficiently. – HLGEM Oct 8 '12 at 13:34

As Jeanne and Dave have said, these hours shouldn't be too challenging, just make sure you understand your milestones and deadlines.

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During my Masters studies, I worked from 07:30-16:30 and then attended classes from 18:00-22:00 for five days a week. I can be done: planning, remove wasting and don't postpone what you can complete immediately.

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+1 'don't postpone what you can complete immediately. ' – amyassin Oct 10 '12 at 11:36

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