Fitting a rigorous academic program into an already vigorous professional and personal life, however, is not a new or novel experience for me. During 2002 to 2004, I managed to study and finish the MSc (Investment Management) program at the HKUST (Hong Kong), while working full-time at my company. To be sure the challenge was tough; my time was taken up with extensive readings of technical textbooks, long hours in discussion with my classmates on group projects, a heavy workload from a typical Asian audit firm, as well as frequent travel between Hong Kong and cities in China.
At the beginning, I felt challenged in keeping up with all the demands from both sides. However, I gradually realized that by applying better time-management skills, I could manage both of them rather well. I don't view time-management strategies in the abstract sense; quite the contrary, I utilized concrete time-management strategies such as listing out all the tasks for study and work, prioritizing these tasks according to different criteria, and focusing on the important issues rather than becoming bogged down by minor details or peripheral matters. In the final analysis, I managed to succeed in handling a busy schedule.