Interestingly, it was nothing work related which led me to today’s post.
While helping my 6 year old clean up her overly messy room yesterday, I punctured my foot stepping on a piece of metal (why is there metal in a 6 year old’s room, you ask? Story for another time). Much to my dismay, I woke up early to work out, and could hardly step on my left foot. Decision time. To work out or not to work out? Wallow in self-pity and frustration that my good intentions had been derailed? OR… MODIFY. I chose to modify and NOT let this unexpected turn/challenge throw me off and stop me from being able to accomplish what I had set out to do. My advice to students and adults alike is to run with this motto for a week.
Can’t seem to focus during homework? Modify your environment. Change the order in which you tackle assignments. Modify your reward system. Can’t keep track of assignments? Modify your planner – change it or write a quick plan to organize each night. Can’t remember things to save your life? Modify your methods. Research memory tricks. Rely on apps or programs to help. Letting your emotions or personal life distract you or get the better of you? Modify your reactions. Try something new. Dump your thoughts on paper and set them aside. Avoiding work or commitments? Modify your approach and create a plan for addressing this all-too-common scenario.
Don’t be afraid of change or be derailed by things not going as planned, but rather find ways to make it work. Use internet searches to brainstorm and problem solve or find unique approaches. Consult a friend or someone who can help. Take ownership, and move towards accomplishing what you set out to do…you’ll feel better once you’re done.