1. Difficulty Prioritizing Between Work Life, School Life, and Other Obligations
One of the reasons people opt to undertake an online degree program instead of going the traditional route is that it often allows them to continue living in the same place and work at a full-time job while attending school. This also allows family members to continue with their accustomed routines.
The problem with this scenario is now the student has at least two - possible three or more - roles: Employee, student, and possibly parent or partner. If the student does not prioritize tasks, soon things fall into chaos.
In order to fight this challenge, at the start of your student career, go through your school's academic calendar. Make note of every deadline, residency, and other important date that has been already scheduled in your own calendar.
For this sort of task, you'll want to use a PIM like Microsoft Outlook or a replacement. You'll also want to enter in every contact. Enter in your advisor's information, other students' information, professors' information, your boss's information, coworker's information, etc. Categorize your contacts by role (trust me, this will come in handy more often than you think).
Now, while you're thinking about it, request off the dates for your residencies now. If you don't have the ones for your second year yet, request those as soon as you have them. You'll thank me for this later when you're not huddling in a closet eating ice cream because your boss won't let you have days off for you to go to your program's meetings.
You'll also want to enter in projects. Again, you can categorize by work, home, friends, family, and school. Make sure you enter every project, and list any tasks associated with those projects. For instance, if you need to write a research paper, you'll need to make an errand to the library. If you can't find the books you need, you'll need to request them through interlibrary loan. This needs to be done early.
Good organization is key to success, especially when it comes to juggling multiple roles.