Theme: Impulse Control – “Work First, Play Later…or…Make Your Work Fun!”
If you don’t want to do something, one excuse is as good as another.
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
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
Source: Levering, R. & Moskowitz, M. The 100 best companies to work for in America. Fortune, Jan. 12, 1998, pp. 84-96.