Procrastination

Whoops! Been Procrastinating? Channel Your Inner Badass!

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Well, if you are a student you have probably had a pretty great two weeks of slowly getting back into the academic game and hanging with friends (maybe partying a wee bit too).

But hey, you have had no assignments due, so what’s the rush right?!?

Wait what!??!

How did October get here so quickly!??!

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Ok, now that I have your your attention

and your adrenaline is sufficiently high!

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There is no need to continue freaking out and making some bad decisions, like pretending that assignments will magically be completed or skipping classes because it lowers your anxiety level. I have some ideas to help you dial down the freakout, channel this energy, use your powers for good and get some traction.


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This is the time to SHOW UP IN YOUR OWN LIFE or “Adulting” as some of you like to call it. FYI “adulting” actually means that you have free will, control over your own life, the master of your domain, can make choices on your own, the only one nagging you is you…yada yada…it is a pretty sweet state to be in, so stop the hating and avoiding 😉

Let’s Build an…

Internal Locus of Control

 


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I’m sorry, this nerd just needs to be a wee bit PsychNerdy to make a point 😉

Locus of Control (LOC) is a concept that was developed by a pretty smart social psychologist Dr. Julian Rotter in 1954. It is a social learning theory that has been well tested and still holds up today. LOC considers the tendency of people to believe that control resides internally within them, or externally, with others or the situation.

So I bet you are wondering if you have an internal or external LOC?!?

Maybe not, but stick with me, it is good for you 🙂

Internal LOC

People with a high internal locus of control believe in their own ability to control themselves and influence the world around them. They see their future as being in their own hands and that their own choices lead to success or failure. (Source)

*They believe in their ability to change things.

*They tend to be more confident.

*They can kick their own butts when procrastination gets out of control.

External LOC

People with a high external locus of control believe that control over events and what other people do is outside them, and that they personally have little or no control over such things. They may even believe that others have control over them and that they can do nothing but obey. (Source)

*They tend to view things happening TO them and having little or no control over the situation.

*They tend to passively accept what is happening and do nothing about it.

*They tend to just give up when life gets rough, or until someone kicks their butt for them 😉


Take LOC Test!

This is the first step in understanding your explanatory style, or way understanding the world and being in the world, so that you can start to build resilience (Internal Locus of Control). It is a shift in thinking, reactions and skills.


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Whoop There it Is!

*whoops my 90s child slipped out 😉 Just for fun…

Ok, now back to semi-serious stuff. Check out this goal setting system that is scientifically proven to get you moving on your next steps toward badass-ary.

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“WOOP” is a strategy that Dr. Gabriele Oettingen, a professor at New York University (NYU) and her colleagues developed. It is a scientific badass approach to getting your life on track and reaching your goals. WOOP stands for…

Wish

Outcome

Obstacle

Plan

*The less-catchy term is “mental contrasting.” Ok, no more nerdy stuff from me 😉


Getting Starting WOOPing

Listen to This

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Hidden Brain Podcast

“WOOP: 4 Steps to Achieve Your Goals”

Watch This

Read This

WOOP In My Life


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Tell me stories about your badassary!

Dr. Heather Drummond, EdD (Counselling Psychology)

eSuccess-Coach * Passionate Advocate for Student Success

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

 

Resilience: Starting School With a Kick Butt Attitude!

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Happy ACADEMIC NEW YEAR!!!

What I love most about working in a college is the September fresh start. The exciting beginning of something new, the wonderful feeling of “I’ve got this!”, “it’s gonna be different this year”, “I’m going to be way more organized this time”. You get the chance to try new strategies which will take a wee bit more effort than just positive thinking. You have to do things differently if you want a different outcome.

The biggest risk to your success is the mental baggage that you are carrying around, probably subconsciously, in that wonderful brain of yours.

Often the focus is on all of your…

…and virtually none of the positive things that you have done to get this far in life and all the way to college! Good work BTW 🙂


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So, I wanted to start this academic year off by kicking the butt of self-doubt and procrastination hard with mind control….mahwahahaha >;)

No seriously, we can master our minds!

The first challenge I have for you is to begin the process of thinking about failure in a different way. To get you started on this epic mind shift, start by working on thinking about failure in a different way, like these successful folks do.


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Don’t Give Up!

One of the most important skills to build on your road to achieving your goals is resilience. Before you apply your time management strategies, before you start attacking your textbook readings, even before you start your classes, start thinking about building a mindset that is ready for the resilience building journey.


PsycNerdy Time!

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In modern research psychology it has become popular to use the word GRIT to describe a form of resilience. Dr. Angela Duckworth is a pretty incredible social psychology researcher on GRIT and she describes it as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” I think it takes resilience to bounce back from failure to persevere through adversity and maintain your focus and passion on the path toward your goals. If you want to learn more about GRIT, check out her TedTalk!


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Courage, bravery, backbone, spirit, “strength of character”, willful, moral fiber, nerve, fortitude, toughness, hardiness, resolve, resolution, determination, tenacity, perseverance, endurance, guts & spunk!

 


“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving,

we get stronger and more resilient”


Let’s Get GRITTY and Resilient!

I want to use this awesome award winning video short created by Alan Barillaro, a Canadian and a Sheridan College graduate. The short involves a hungry baby sandpiper learning to overcome her fear of the water.

This video is such a brilliant way to show how people can learn their way through their fears and create the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.


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Think about a time in your life that was particularly challenging or demanding, especially one that was difficult emotionally. Think about how you handled that situation and eventually came through on the other side.

Answer these questions:

  • What was your goal?
  • What was the outcome?
  • What obstacles did you have to overcome?
  • What unpleasant feelings and thoughts do you remember having in the situation?
  • Who, if anyone, did you receive external help and support from?
  • What specific attitudes and skills helped you cope with the situation?
  • How would you rate your resilience in that situation?
  • Why wasn’t it 0%?
  • What strengths and personal qualities helped you?
  • If it wasn’t 100%, how could your resilience be improved during similar situations in the future?
  • Based on your experience how might you advise someone else to cope with a similar situation in the future?

 

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Since life is not going to get any easier, we need to get stronger to deal with it. 

The big secret to success is sticking around long enough to see all your hard work turn into something great. Essentially, getting your butt handed to you and saying, “ok, that happened, sigh, now what do I need to do next?”


Please feel comfortable emailing me or commenting on this post. I love hearing your feedback and suggestions for topics!

Dr. Heather Drummond, EdD (Counselling Psychology)

eSuccess-Coach * Passionate Advocate for Student Success

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

Procrastination Style: Behavioural

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The Secret to Getting Ahead

Behavioural Procrastination Pattern

For those of you who completed the Procrastination Survey, your results will indicate which of the 14 Procrastination Patterns you need the most improvement in.

Behavioural Procrastinators tend to have excellent “big picture thinking”, have the ability to create outstanding plans and organizational skills; however, the difficulty lies in the “doing”.

The behavioural procrastinator gets right to the brink of implementation but waits for inspiration to kick in. Planning is the fun part, the doing is the dreaded part.

Ask yourself the following questions to get a better idea of your procrastination challenge in this area: 

Avoidance: What do you typically do to avoid getting started?

Justification: What do you tell yourself to justify why you are not getting started?

Actions: What actions can you take to follow through and get started?

Some Words of Advice…

Avoidance Strategies: people typically find themselves either doing very unpleasant things like cleaning up their living space or fun things like watching TV or playing video games.

Try This: once you have figured out what you are doing that contributes to your procrastination, work it into your action plan. You will work better if you are “permitted” to have some fun in balance with getting your work done.

Justification: often people are fearful of getting started for many reasons such as failure, dislike for feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to begin.

Try This…The best thing that you can do with a college assignment is to create the study space, gather the tools that you need, open your books and get started with a “brain dump”. Just start writing everything that you need to get done for this assignment (list), what information your already know and create an outline. Allow yourself a break once you have done this. Get it out of your head, let your brain relax, do something fun and then get back to it now that you know the map.

Actions: Sometimes you just need to shut off your thoughts and the focus on how unpleasant this assignment will be to finish and just get going. Work first, get it done so that you can really enjoy yourself. Create the rough copy and come back to it later with “fresh eyes” and a rested brain.

Next Week’s Procrastination Topic: Social Procrastination

I look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Heather Drummond, EdD Counselling Psychology

Success Coach * Professor * Counsellor

Mohawk College, Fennel Campus, The Square – C102/20

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

Procrastination Survey – Take it and Figure out Your Procrastination Patterns!!

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There is an excellent book that I use all the time with students called, The Procrastination Workbook by William Knaus, Ed.D. I highly recommend buying it if you are really serious about curbing your procrastination. I will be using the Procrastination Survey from this book and sharing strategies to work with the 14 Procrastination Patterns and the 6 Procrastination Triggers.

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Take the Procrastination Survey so that you have a better idea of you patterns and triggers. I will start blogging about these next week.

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I would love to hear from you, feel free to contact me if you would like to chat further about the posts!

Your Success Coach,

Dr. Heather Drummond, Ed.D. (Counselling Psychology)

Success Coach * Professor * Counsellor

Mohawk College-Fennell Campus-“The Square“-C102/20

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

Are You a Procrastinator?

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Procrastinator is a negative label that so many people use; often it is not what describes their behaviour at all. Waiting until the last minute to get an assignment done, does not necessary make you a procrastinator. Leaving something to the last minute and not handing it in could mean that procrastination is a problem for you.

People have different personality types; which also means that they have different preferences in terms of how they get things done. Some people prefer to be scheduled, methodical and have clear plans; other people prefer to be flexible, open-ended and prefer that their plans are left to unfold. Both approaches are good; they just have different ways of getting stuff done. Some people prefer to get things done ahead of time; others feel energized by last minute pressures. Both are good; just different approaches.

MindTools.com provides an excellent quiz to determine if you are a Procrastinator

take it now!

Next week, I will provide an assessment that will help you to determine the underlying reasons why you procrastinate. Once you know some of the reasons, it will be easier to target the problem and work on solutions. I will be introducing strategies to cope with the many underlying reasons for procrastination.

Your Success Coach,

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)

Success Coach * Professor * Counsellor

Mohawk College-Fennell Campus-“The Square“-C102/20

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

Emotional Intelligence: Procrastination – Why You Do it…

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“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow

by evading it today” – Abraham Lincoln

Starting today, I will be blogging about Procrastination. On Mondays I will link it to fostering your Emotional Intelligence and Wednesdays will be dedicated to building skills to deal with procrastination.

Often the reasons we put off tasks can be linked to fears of failure, being unfamiliar with success, avoiding that which controls us and so on. There are many reasons people procrastinate. Over the next few weeks, I will be blogging about all these different reasons to help you figure out what your procrastination triggers or precursors are and strategies to address your procrastinating. For today, I leave you with three guiding questions. These three questions can help us to move through being stuck and get on with it.

Ask Yourself a Few Hard Questions

Where are you now? 

What is in the way? 

Where do you need to go? 

Most people tend to jump right into ‘Where do you need to go?’ versus really looking at the obstacles and dealing with them directly. This is just the start. Keep these questions in mind as I explore “What is in the way?” and learn how to get yourself moving through those barriers.

Your Success Coach,

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)

Success Coach * Professor * Counsellor

Mohawk College-Fennell Campus-“The Square“-C102/20

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca