Family and Career Education - The Juggler
Some problems in this area that people face are very similar to those of the beginning juggler. According to
'The Instant Jugglers'.
Finding the time to do it all - family and
continue career education? Having trouble jugging?
Manual, (c)1993 Infinite Illusions/Lofty Pursuits, four common problems are handling two areas of focus at the
same time, moving forward while you try to juggle instead of standing still, not being able to juggle in a third
area of focus, and keeping all three areas from bumping into each other or overlapping. So let’s take a look at
some solutions to these problems.
Two at Once
To juggle two objects, you first toss one into the air to about eye level, then toss number two. The same with
life. Pick any two areas of focus, and only try to tackle one at a time to establish goals and a system for it in
Then work in the second area. And just as juggling wouldn’t work if the wrist puts too much or too little force
into the toss, causing one or both objects to go too high or too low, the same can happen in life.
If established goals are too high or low, not compatible with one another and your lifestyle, that juggling act
doesn’t stand much chance.
For instance, if fictitious person, John Wentworth, wants to complete a doctoral program, yet only earns minimum
wage, he may need financial assistance with his continued education to balance the act.
Otherwise, John could have to work over time and take on a second job to fill gaps and pay bills. He may miss
out on valuable family time with his wife and young son and become stressed out and exhausted.
Not to mention his grades could take a dive! Student loans, grants and work-study could be some possible
solutions in this case.
Where is juggling help? Instead of 'The Instant Jugglers' manual, there are many resources available to help
with juggling career education and family. Local colleges are a good place to start.
Not Being Able To Juggle In A Third
Ready to add a third factor into the equation? Concentrate on throwing ball number #3 and do not even try to
catch ball #2, advises The Instant Jugglers' manual. Or once you have two areas of focus pretty much underway, say
your career and family, add the third – education.
Get help planning your career education into the
mix with resources. Head to your local educational center or public libraries for help. Don’t get left dropping –
or not juggling – the ball!