Month: February 2012

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12 Things that Happy People Do Differently

#5 Happy People Take Care of Their Health

Taking care of your physical health is crucial to being the happiest person you can be.  Being mindful about the food that you eat and the amount of exercise you are getting is paramount in dealing with the abundant stressors in your life.

Psychology Today Magazine:  Eat Right To Fight Stress

 

“The Food and Mood Project, a nutrition research group in the U.K., identified “food stressors” and “food supporters,” foods that exacerbate stress from the inside and those that help people under stress”

 

Physical Energy leads to high Mental Energy which helps facilitate your Emotional Energy.

 

12 Things Source: Lyubomirsky, S. (2002). Why are some people happier than others? The role of cognitive and motivational processes in well-being. American Psychologist, 56, 239-249.

Success Coaching @ Mohawk College Blog Entry #33

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Theme: Impulse Control – “Work First, Play Later…or…Make Your Work Fun!”

 

Twitter Quote:

If you don’t want to do something, one excuse is as good as another.

Yiddish Proverb 

 

Associated eLearn Module:  Impulse Control

 

This is not the time to let your academic habits fall apart. I know that this time of year can be very overwhelming and often students want to just quit or give in to the impulse to procrastinate. Please don’t! You have made it this far. Maybe you just need to take a different approach….a fun one!

Some of the highest rated companies to work for have known the secret to human productivity…make work fun! These companies have recognized that if they want to survive, even thrive, in the global market place, they have no choice but to be able to adapt quickly. It is no surprise, then, that in Fortune magazine’s list of “The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America,” many of the top companies place a major emphasis on finding ways to help employees make work fun. (Levering & Moskowitz, pp. 84-96).        

Sometimes the environment is not fun, but there are things that you can do to find the humour, the light side or the fun in all of your academic demands. I am a student right now as well, so I completely understand the overpowering urge to procrastinate…I sometimes do it very well 😉 To get myself out of the procrastination rut, I need to make my work fun. I am a competitive person, so I have found that creating a competition for myself works. Just to get my motivation going, I sometimes put on a TV show that I like, allow myself to watch the show, but during the commercials I set goals that I need to accomplish if I want to continue watching the show. It is always a race to see how much I can get done in a few minutes. I am usually amazed at how much I actually can get done in 2 minutes, often the stuff that I have been procrastinating about for 2 days!!

 

Today…try this out. Find a TV show that you like, make a list of tasks that you need to get done in the next hour. Tasks I tend to start with is the following:

 

  • Gather all your “tools”: pens, pencils, calculator, lap top, etc. in one common study place.
  • Start up your computer
  • Open all files/software that you need
  • Open all text books to the chapter that you are referring to or reading next
  • Gather all the class notes that you are needed for the task
  • Brainstorm Ideas: do a “brain dump”. Type all your ideas in for a paper (all without judgment, just include every idea at this time), try to write a quick outline for a paper or maybe write the first paragraph quickly just to get something out. The idea is to get the motivation chugging along.

 

Getting Organized: use this TV challenge time to get organized by putting all your notes in order, all in once space, clean up and edit what you need and don’t need, etc.

Remember, your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have for coping with any source of stress in your life. When you start having fun, you become more productive.

 

Ok…So…You’re still asking “What’s in it for me?”…

 

Fun people were viewed by their colleagues as being intelligent, energetic, hardworking, outgoing, friendly, competent, not always serious, and able to laugh at themselves.” It is precisely because of these qualities that so many companies now seek employees with a good sense of humor”. Source: P. McGhee, Health, Healing and the Amuse System: Humor as Survival Training. www.laughterremedy.com

 

So there!

If you want a job after all your hard work in college, start honing your fun skills now!

 

Remember to sign up for the eLearn modules by clicking on the SELF REGISTRATION link on your eLearn home page. Take the Impulse Control Questionnaire from the eLearn Module under the same name and check out the rest of the module because 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

 

Source: Levering, R. & Moskowitz, M. The 100 best companies to work for in America. Fortune, Jan. 12, 1998, pp. 84-96.

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If you don’t want to do something, one excuse is as good as another.

Yiddish Proverb

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12 Things that Happy People Do Differently

#4 Happy People Develop Strategies for Coping

How you respond to the ‘craptastic’ moments is what shapes your character.  Essentially, “you are who you are in the tough times” (said by me often!). One of the first steps in developing coping strategies is developing Self Compassion.  First, you need to notice what you are doing well and build on those skills. Ask yourself what you need to know today (and what you already know), about yourself, to be able to make it through.

Here is a great book that is an invaluable resource when building your Self Compassion:

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion:

Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions  

by Dr. Christopher Germer 

Book Source: http://www.mindfulselfcompassion.org/publications_books.php

12 Things Source: Lyubomirsky, S. (2002). Why are some people happier than others? The role of cognitive and motivational processes in well-being. American Psychologist, 56, 239-249.

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Creative Problem Solving – Making a Plan for Success This Semester

…especially this high stress time of year….

Success Coaching @ Mohawk College Blog Entry #32

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Theme: Problem Solving – Building the skills to reach the dreams you have…don’t just give up!

Twitter Quote:

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; they are where they should be. Now put foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau

Associated eLearn Module: Problem Solving

For students, this time of year represents a lot of stress and a relentless barrage of assignments, tests and various other obligations piling up all at once. Often this leads to feeling like wanting to quit just to stop feeling so overwhelmed. Before you make, possibly a colossal, mistake like withdrawing or just stop showing up to your classes, take a moment to try another approach. Here is the perspective….you have until March 16th to withdraw from a course or your whole program without penalty to your grades. So whether you withdraw today or wait until March 16th you will still have a “W” (withdraw) grade. So…..what I am saying is give it a go and try to problem solve your way to success this semester. Even if your plan doesn’t work out, you still can withdraw March 16th, but at least you will have the knowledge that you CAN get it together and at least try and work through a success plan for yourself. You have nothing to lose!

Step #1: Explore the Challenge That You Have

  • Objective Finding (OF)Identify Your Goal, Wish or Challenge. What exactly do you want to achieve? Often students don’t take the time to really identify what it is that they want to achieve. Is it achieving a grade within a higher range than you usually do? Getting assignments completed and in on time? Showing up to all your classes?
  • Fact Finding (FF)Gather All the Information. Who can help you with your goal? What resources are available to help you? Do you have study friends that motivate you?
  • Problem Finding (PF) – Clarify the Problem. Once you know your goal and your resources, ask yourself if there are any barriers that will stop you. Make a plan to deal with the barriers.

Step#2: Generate Ideas

  • Idea Finding (IF)Generate Ideas. Brainstorm all the ways you have motivated yourself in the past, search out new motivation strategies from friends, other students and maybe the Success Coaching eLearn Modules that I have created…hint hint hint!!!

Step #3: Prepare for Action

  • Solution Finding (SF)Select and Strengthen Solutions. Think about all the study strategies that you have been taught all through school. This is the time to actually try using those skills. If you are lacking skills, participate in one of our Study Skills Workshops.
  • Acceptance Finding (AF)Plan for Action. Get a calendar and put all your academic due dates in this calendar (tests, readings, assignments, etc). Make a daily list of what needs to be done and work through that list (on that day). Use all the resources that are available to you (Peer Tutor Program, Peer Mentor Program, Counsellors)

Source: http://www.creativeeducationfoundation.org/our-process/what-is-cps

Make a Plan, Use Your Resources, Get Moving…Find out what you are capable of!!! Put the foundation under your castle.

Today…take the Problem Solving Questionnaire from the eLearn Module under the same name. I have linked a copy to make it that much easier!! This will help you to assess how well you are doing. Use the tips in the Problem Solving eLearn module to help add some skills to your life as a student.

Remember to sign up for the eLearn modules by clicking on the SELF REGISTRATION link on your eLearn home page. I have more hints, tips and tricks that can help you stretch and grow in the area of Problem Solving. 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

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If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; they are where they should be. Now put foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau