So I may be crazy but I enrolled for a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping through Open Colleges. It’s all online, self-paced and I have up to 2 years to complete it. When it’s completed I will be able to manage the books for Mr Monkey when he starts his own business. I’ll also be able to contract my services out to other businesses, enabling me to work from home while the girls are growing up. Although I already have access to all of the materials for the course, I don’t have to start until the beginning of July. Of course, being self-paced I could really start whenever I wanted.
I’m currently alternating between thinking that this is a fantastic idea and will set us up well for the future, and that I’m crazy and I’m never going to be able to manage studying online and looking after a toddler and a newborn.
Being a self-paced course is excellent as it means I’m not restricted by deadlines but I am also worried that will mean I will get lazy and will do the study/assignments “when I get around to it”. Sometimes I need structure and deadlines in order to get my butt in to gear.
In my most anxiety-ridden moments I think about how hard I struggle to keep the house clean, blog routinely, have Lily doing things other than watching TV all day, and then wonder how on earth I’m going to add in a minimum of 5 hours study a week as well?!?
Of course, I know my main issue is laziness. I could do much more, and on my more motivated days I do, but half of the time I just can’t be bothered.
So, I know I will have to set myself a routine, set myself some deadlines and kick myself in the butt and stay motivated. I already know I can do most of the subject matter – I did Accounting for a year as part of an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality and actually got a High Distinction. Of course, that was before I had two kids and seemingly lost most of my brain cells. But at that time I was also living on minimal sleep as I was working full time, studying full time, travelling 4 hours a week for study plus planning my wedding. This should be simple in comparison!