My current dilemma is setting aside time to accomplish all the required tasks for my job and class. I have had this problem since I started back in grad school. Each semester I have to set aside time after my daughter goes to bed to work on homework for class. The big issue that I have is that under normal circumstances, I used this very same time to work on work for my job. I have an employer who has been great about letting me do work from home. When I had my daughter 3 years ago, the company set up access for me to log into all my work stuff from home. This allowed me to keep up with the basics of my job while I was out on maternity leave. Since then, this feature has allowed me to work only 4 days a week in the office and do whatever work I can from home to be with my daughter 1 day a week (besides the weekends). I make up the work by working after she goes to bed at night and during napntimes when she is home with me. This is a huge benefit that my company has given to me. It will unfortunately be coming to an end within a year, but I have been able to enjoy my baby girl very much with the time I have been given.
The reason that I go into all this is that I now have the difficulty of deciding whether to spend the precious time after Sami goes to bed doing school or work. My theory is currently and has always been that since work pays my paycheck then that is priority. Also, I'm voluntarily taking classes. Work is not requiring or even requesting me to take classes. With this thought in mind, I am having great difficulty accomplishing the work load that is required for some of the classes I've had to take.
I have a full time job and a family besides taking classes. I wonder if anyone else has the same conflict internally whether to do your job well and miss out on homework opportunity or is something else lacking in order to accomplish both well? Also, I'm wondering why it seems that some professors understand that their class is not the only task we have to deal with in our lives and others seem to think that their information is so important that even if a relative dies, we would have to skip the funeral to take care of class or homework.