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