Directory of Schools: New Year's Resolutions and Online Degrees

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Directory of Schools offers a simple plan for successfully accomplishing a few of the most popular New Year's resolutions. By using this plan as a guide, in twelve months you should be able to glance back over the year and recall a steady pace of progress. And though diligence and commitment will be necessary, your journey forward will be rewarding and satisfying.

Even while the last champagne corks and party streamers are being swept up after the whirling rush of holiday season events, the die-hards among us settle down with pen and paper -- or mouse and keyboard - to jot down a few reflections and, ugh, a few soon-to-be forgotten resolutions for the New Year. Our intentions are honorable, as always. Yet, with a finite number of hours in a day, and a balancing act of daily schedule-juggling, it is no wonder that countless similar resolutions land on paper the way a few extra grains of sand land on a long stretch of deserted beach.

But DirectoryofSchools.com offers a simple plan for successfully accomplishing a few of the most popular New Year's resolutions. By using this plan as a guide, in twelve months you should be able to glance back over the year and recall a steady pace of progress. And though diligence and commitment will be necessary, your journey forward will be rewarding and satisfying.

         • Go Back to School. At the beginning of the year, enroll in an online class, online degree program, or online certificate program to take a step toward meeting your career and life goals. With a computer, a modem and an internet connection, you will be able to complete your classes without cutting short your work hours or adding to your commute. You can complete your coursework from home, job location, library, coffee shop, or any place of your choosing. Ask your employer about tuition reimbursement; and apply for financial aid from the educational institution in which you plan to enroll.

         • Exercise Regularly. It is easier to be consistent with an exercise program if you are able to pair it with another activity. For example, if you are enrolled in an online degree program and are completing your coursework at home, you can turn up the audio on your computer, and listen to your class lectures while you work out. Whether you do Pilates, walk or run on the treadmill, lift weights, or do sit-ups, etc., you will be able to check off two activities at once on your to-do list. Or, if there is no audio lecture, you can make a commitment to exercise for at least 30 minutes either before or after studying each day.

         • Spend More Time with Family and Friends. After putting in a full day of work, instead of trudging off to take evening classes, you can head home, have dinner, and relax with loved ones. Then later in the evening, course assignments could be completed online. On weekends, study time is flexible and can be set around activities with friends and family. Online learning is family-friendly.

         • Get Out of Debt. By enrolling in online courses to improve current job skills or to prepare for a new career, the not-too-distant future should hold the key to a higher salary and a possible promotion. More money with less spending will be the key to paying off bills and moving toward being debt-free. Begin to put any extra money toward bills; and eliminate overspending. Also, take advantage of student discounts, on-the-job educational incentives, and opportunities for paid internships or training programs in your field.

This year, do not sweep your New Year's resolutions away along with the party favors and confetti. Jot down a few goals that are attainable, make a plan, and take the first steps toward greater fulfillment. And allow online schools to be your guide.    

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From ©1998-2007, Directory of Schools has provided Online Degrees by connecting with over 21,000,000 potential students and providing accurate information on accredited online colleges and e-learning schools. More than 8,000 online degree and professional certificate programs in over 1,300 schools represent the commitment of DirectoryofSchools.com to excellence in online education through its partnerships with universities, colleges and trade schools. DirectoryofSchools.com strives to insure that its partner schools are reputable by utilizing an in-house verification process, which reviews accreditation or vocational industry standards relevant to each school. In addition, a comprehensive national directory of high schools in the United States is available on the DOS website, along with homework help and numerous other resources. Career-minded individuals need make only one cyber-stop for all of their distance learning needs.

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