Staying the Course


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How to stay motivated despite unforeseen obstacles.

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Staying the Course

  1. 1. Staying the Course: How to Stay Motivated Despite Unforeseen Obstacles
  2. 2. Maximize Your Student PlannerRecord important dates/assignments • Course syllabus - • Work and home obligations - Work deadlines - Your family’s schedule - Important appointmentsWhat trends do you notice as a student? • Assignments are due every days • You’re BUSY!Don’t take your lighter weeks for granted • Anticipate what’s to come & plan accordingly • Take some time to recharge your batteries and do something you truly enjoy 2
  3. 3. Example of a student’s weekMonday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday SundayFebruary 8, 2010 February 9, 2010 February 10, 2010 February 11, 2010 February 12, 2010 February 13, 2010 February 14, 20108:00a 8:00a Mom’s 8:00a 8:00a 8:00a 8:00a 8:00a bday9:00a 9:00a 9:00a 9:00a 9:00a 9:00a 9:00a10:00a 10:00a 10:00a 10:00a 10:00a 10:00a 10:00a11:00a 11:00a 11:00a 11:00a 11:00a 11:00a 11:00aNoon Noon Noon Noon ENGL Noon Noon Noon quiz due1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p2:00p 2:00p 2:00p 2:00p 2:00p 2:00p 2:00p COMP3:00p 3:00p 3:00p 3:00p 3:00p 3:00p 3:00p4:00p 4:00p 4:00p 4:00p 4:00p 4:00p 4:00p5:00p 5:00p 5:00p 5:00p 5:00p Submit 5:00p 5:00p Valentine’s Dinner time card6:00p 6:00p 6:00p 6:00p 6:00p 6:00p 6:00p ENGL7:00p 7:00p 7:00p 7:00p 7:00p 7:00p 7:00p8:00p 8:00p 8:00p 8:00p 8:00p 8:00p 8:00p9:00p 9:00p 9:00p 9:00p 9:00p 9:00p 9:00p Movie @ AMC 310:00p 10:00p 10:00p 10:00p 10:00p 10:00p 10:00p
  4. 4. #1 Detractor• PROCRASTINATION! - How does time management differ from High School to College? - Identify YOUR distractions and ways to overcome them • TV • Cleaning • Eating • Shopping • Video games 4
  5. 5. How to Stay Motivated• “Never, never, never give up!” Winston Churchill• Be patient with the process. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy.• Be persistent.• Keep your eye on the prize. Why are you here; What are you ultimately trying to accomplish? 5
  6. 6. How to Stay Motivated• Tell someone. Have them keep you accountable.• Remain positive.• Strike a balance. Work vs. Play.• Prioritize. Tackle the “Must do’s first.”• Relax and enjoy the experience. 6
  7. 7. Letter to Self Exercise• Take a minute to reflect on the events that lead you to where you are today, and what actions you plan to take to get you to where you ultimately want to go. Save this letter someone and reflect on it at the start of every semester. Hopefully your short-term goals will have been achieved and your long-term plans are heading in the right direction. 7