MBA Checkpoint: Are you on track?

We’re about halfway through the semester, and that means midterms, projects and typical MBA fun. As if business school was not busy enough? Between all the company information sessions, networking mixers, club meetings, parties and career panels, I have to find time to study? Clearly, I am kidding, but the fall seems to be a jam-packed, super busy season for everyone. Let’s use this as an MBA checkpoint.

Like many of you, I’ve been busy — and I realized how easy it is to get caught up in the rush and let time pass you by. Keep rocking this semester (as per usual), but make sure you take a minute to reflect on what’s going on: call it a checkpoint.

This is a great time to take inventory because it has only been half a semester; you have a chance to make some changes. I needed to manage my time better and thought about why I am in b-school in the first place. I thought about the goals I set for myself and realized that I had to do some re-prioritizing. I had to make a pretty tough decision to leave a student organization on campus because I realized it was no longer tied to my goals. I was very involved with this group but when I looked at everything I had going on, it was overwhelming and I knew it was time to bow out (I literally wrote out a list of everything on a sheet of paper: the list was ridiculous).

My goals are not limited to things like career development or academics, so for my “checkpoint” I also considered how I was doing at networking, volunteering and engaging the community. I want to make sure I’m doing what I set out to do. I was able to move some things around to streamline my schedule, which was absolutely necessary – though I am not doing everything I was doing before, life is much better.

When I tweeted this “MBA checkpoint” a couple of weeks ago, people said it was a good idea. So if you are ok with sharing, how did your checkpoint go? Still on track?

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