Month: October 2011

Success Coaching @ Mohawk College Blog Entry #18

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Theme: Impulse Control – “Work First – Play Later”

Twitter Quote: Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Francis of Assisi

eLearn Module: Impulse Control 

 

Ok, you are almost half way through your Fall Break.  Are you caught up with your assignments? Your text book readings? Are you were you planned to be or have you procrastinated?!?!?

 

Please don’t feel bad. You are probably procrastinating because you are tired and overwhelmed. You need the rest. The only problem is that you are not getting the proper rest that you need if you are being weighed down by all the unfinished work hanging around in your brain and nagging you.

 

Today…Here are some quick tips to get you moving:

 

  • Develop a Vision: Imagine how good (and relieved) that you will feel when you get caught up with your outstanding school work. The nagging will go away…you will feel a sense of relief….you can just relax without feeling guilty…what does it look like for you?
  • Do an Energy Audit: Think about your high and low energy parts of your day. When are you at your highest energy point? Are you a morning person? Are you most awake at 2am? Use the times that you are at your highest energy to do the things that you are procrastinating most on (probably the most unpleasant things!).
  • Shut Your Mind Off: Stop saying to yourself how much you hate doing the task, stop evaluating the task (good/bad, too long, painful…) and plan, in your mind, what the first 15 minutes will look like and get started. You may find that you just get lost in the task once you have started.
  • Keep a Balance: You probably won’t do anything if you overestimate what you can accomplish this week. Create reasonable goals that allow you to have rest and down time. Use the promise of “real” downtime as a motivator for getting the unpleasant stuff done. Do a little work each day. Come on, just do it! Trust me, you will feel better!

 

Get serious and just get started. Commit 15 minutes to something unpleasant and see where it goes. If you can’t concentrate plan to rest and come back to it later. One step at a time!

 

Take Care of Yourself this Week!

 

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)

Success Coach @ Mohawk College

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

 

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Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Francis of Assisi

Success Coaching @ Mohawk College Blog Entry #17

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Theme: Impulse Control – Keeping on Track

Twitter Quote: Courage is resistance to fear; mastery of fear, not absence of   fear.   Mark Twain

eLearn Module: Impulse Control 

 

Next week is your Fall Break…yay! You finally get a bit of time to get caught up from this hectic semester. I know most of you are making all kinds of plans to get so much work done over the break. If you are anything like me, your plans are big…you will be a super student next week! Okay, let’s be realistic, you need some downtime to recover from the academic demands of this time of year. Make a plan for next week that is reasonable; a plan that does not involve 8 hours of homework every day. You will just procrastinate because you will fear and dread a day like that. I know I would!! You need to face some of your fears and work slowly on getting caught up. My advice to you is plan to work a little and play a little each day. You need balance. If you have a plan that gets you caught up and you break it down each day, when you are in “play” mode, please let go of all your thoughts like, “I should be studying”. If you keep putting pressure on yourself in your downtime, you really are not having any downtime at all. Don’t “should” on yourself 😉 You need a balance between work and play for you to manage your impulse to just avoid it all and procrastinate. If you have a plan and your “should be studying” thoughts start…say to yourself “I have a plan and if I follow this plan, I will get caught up”.

 

Today…Make a plan that covers all that you need to do to get caught up for the semester. Start with a list in each course. Spread your academic “to do” list out over the week. Plan to do unpleasant work during times where you tend to be high energy (the most awake!). Don’t forget to play, relax and have fun this week too…guilt free!

 

Face your academic fears by keeping a balance next week!

 

Remember to sign up for the eLearn modules by emailing me. I have more hints, tips and tricks that can help you stretch and grow in the area of Impulse Control. Come on! Join me in this “become the best version of you” journey!

 

Check out the Impulse Control Tip Sheet that I have uploaded!

 

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)

Success Coach @ Mohawk College

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

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Success Coaching @ Mohawk College Blog Entry #16

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Theme: Impulse Control – Maintaining your self confidence in difficult times. 

Twitter Quote: “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”  Robert Frost 

eLearn Module: Impulse Control

I have said it before…this time in the academic year is a difficult one! There are so many things pulling on a student’s limited time. What I see is so many students trying to do everything as if it was a first priority. Trying to work more than 20 hours/week, trying to balance a personal life, making sure that their family obligations are taken care of and squeezing a full time course load in the middle of this. What I find very sad it that many students are doing an amazing job at keeping all the “balls in the air” but still define themselves as a failure because they are not achieving at a “perfect” level. Sometimes we lose sight of what we are doing well and try and live by standards that are not only too high, but unreasonable. You have then set yourself up for failure because no matter what you do, you will not be successful in your eyes. Instead living in a painful state, adjust your “success lens”. This is not considered lowering your standards; this is how successful people operate.

 

Today…take an inventory of all of your life responsibilities and obligations. Think about how you define success in these areas. Is this reasonable? Have you defined success in all of these areas as if you only had that obligation and no others? If you have, this is unreasonable. You need to adjust what you think success is in each area as you add other areas of responsibility. Try to achieve a success balance while maintaining the ability to achieve those goals.

 

Balance your life and regain your self confidence!

 

Remember to sign up for the eLearn modules by emailing me. I have more hints, tips and tricks that can help you stretch and grow in the area of Impulse Control. Come on! Join me in this “become the best version of you” journey!

 

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)

Success Coach @ Mohawk College

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca