After living through it last year, I’m watching a whole new group of first year MBA’s struggle with the ongoing challenge of time management. There are simply not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything on the to do list. It seems that the cycle looks something like this: intense pressure subsides as you begin to get used to the workload and reacclimated to the academic environment. This easing of stress leads you to begin to take more ownership and get more deeply involved to the program. You agree to do a project with Microsoft or enter a case competition. Or perhaps you take a new leadership role with an MBA club. This quickly fills up all of the free time in your calendar and leads you back to feeling over scheduled and overwhelmed. Repeat every few months for two years.
It’s the MBA vortex.