My number one advice to everyone is to never focus on obstacles; but instead, always keep your goals in sight.
As someone who spent most of her life in grad school or as a professor, the top excuse for not going back to school is time limitations. But that's just an excuse. You no doubt know people who have managed to accomplish what seems to be a million things at once. How in the heck do they do this in a 24-hour day?
There are a number of ways to combat the issue with time:
- Set a strict schedule that will help you become a better manager of this precious resource. A schedule does not limit you; it frees you to do the things that are the most important. Set a timer for 45 minutes, so you can focus on your work; then set another for 15 minutes, to take a break and get up.
- Prioritize your schoolwork.
- Become great at switching between tasks (this secret works very well if you have ADD/ADHD). If you have a few minutes, use it to study or write essays.
- If your kids are old enough to understand, teach them when mommy/daddy is studying; and that is your time unless there is an emergency. Then be sure to reward them with quality time.
Best of luck to you; and let me know how this works out. If you have any suggestions, send them my way.