Whether your online studies are going to be successful or not is mainly determined by your discipline to self-study. Therefore you need to have set goals in place and also stick to them. At Adoctus, we understand that setting realistic self-study goals can be very challenging.

We have compassion with the fact that everyone leads busy lives, with little time to spend on self-learning. To make self-studying a bit easier for you, we compiled a list of tips on how to set realistic self-study goals.

1. Determine what you would like to learn:

To have a clear picture in mind of what you want to learn, you need to write it down on a piece of paper. Don’t write down everything you still want to accomplish. Otherwise, you will become overwhelmed and end up achieving nothing at all. Start with what’s most important to you at the time. Ask yourself questions like: “ Where do I feel weak in my education?”, and “If I had all the time in the world, what would I study?” Remember to allow yourself the freedom to study something that resonates with your interests.

2. Prioritise your list:

In your education, the highest priority should always be connected to your upskilling. What this means is that you need to participate in online courses that will make you a better employee for your employer. Once you’ve got this ticked off your list, you can focus on something that you would enjoy doing in your free time, like a cake baking course. It’s essential to prioritise your list because it’s not always possible to do everything all at once.

3. Determine the time you have each week to dedicate to self-education:

Juggling work responsibilities, tasks around the home, exercise, etc. can get overwhelming, and finding a moment in your busy day to day life for studying purposes can sometimes be very daunting. Still, we all have pockets of time where we can fit something in for ourselves. You might only have an hour a week to spare, or maybe you have two hours a day that you can dedicate to studying; either way, you need to find out how many hours a week you are willing to spend on self-education.

You also need to figure out what time of time works best for you to get some studying done. For some of you, you need to put the kids in bed and spend some time with your spouse before attempting your daily studies, and others might get up an hour earlier each day to captivate the peace and entirely before the rest of their household wakes up. The idea is to get something down that will move you towards making your self-education goals a reality.

4. Determine what you can do in your allotted time:

This is where the takkie hits the tar. The goal isn’t to impress the people around you, but to create realistic goals for your self-education. Remember that comparison is the thief of growth and that there is no wrong or right way to spend your allotted study time. All you need to do is plug in your goals and begin with the most important ones first.

Once you have determined what you want to complete, we advise that you write it all out and create a little “syllabus” for yourself.

5. Find a way to stay accountable:

Whether you meet with a group of online students or join a Whatsapp group online, it’s essential to be responsible. If you know that someone is going to check up on your progress, you are more likely to stay on track and not fall behind with your study material.

We know that finding time for self-education isn’t always easy, but we can guarantee you that it is well worth your time. Not only will it make you more effective in your workplace, but it will also fill the gaps in your education and help you to develop a culture of lifelong learning.