Ok, now you are in the home stretch, last few weeks of this semester. For many students, this point in the academic year can be very difficult. You have been balancing academic demands and conflicting life expectations since September. You are probably tired and ready for some relief. Hopefully you took some, “guilt free” time over Reading Week to rejuvenate. Like most students, you probably “planned” to get so much done, but in reality that didn’t’ happen. Welcome to being human and your mind/body telling you that you needed a break more than catching up. The mental break, a shift to something else, can often be better for your mind clarity and motivation. Good work!
Now, you have a choice. What you can control over these next few weeks is your perspective. You have a choice to think, “I am never going to get all of my assignments done”, “I am going to fail” or “I am a horrible student”…OR you can choose to think “I will focus on doing the best I can”, “I will take breaks and tackle my work in small manageable chunks with well deserved breaks” and “I know I can do this because I have dealt with difficult things successfully before”. What thinking feels better? What thinking helps to motivate you?
This blog is dedicated to my wonderful friend, Alana James #AmazingEmploymentCounsellor@UofT. She has the poster in her office that inspired this blog…”Every single day you make a choice”.
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Dr. Heather Drummond, EdD Counselling Psychology
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