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In the College Search: Distinguishing between Activity & Productivity December 19th, 2012 | No Comments

Current Dilemma in My Coaching Practice

One student in coaching with me appears to be stuck, at a loss, finding it very difficult to move forward and complete the tasks necessary to finish the applications for the admissions process.

Reality

Time is growing short to submit applications for September admission

Solutions 

  • Explore the resistance to getting the work done—what are the questions, concerns or fears—and develop ideas and techniques for handling the unspoken distress
  • Discuss and list the tasks to be completed and create deadlines and milestones
  • Check in/touch base about progress

Reality

No response to check in email

Solution

Offer different kind of support—more active partnership—until the student is ready to do the tasks more independently

Reality

No response to my offer for more support in my second email

While there may be activity around the tasks, I am concerned about activity and yet not productivity… 

 

I can relate, can you?

For me, today has been a day of organizing my thoughts around wellness, to share/write up/draw for my next ezine (tomorrow), creating a new description of my ebook for my store page, organizing my outreach to guidance counselors and administrators, contacting an editor about my book, updating video content, and planning for several new products. These are all important tasks yet I am stepping back to be reflective/gain self-awareness, to be sure that I am not mistaking activity for productivity. Do you ever have those days?

Perhaps it’s just a day full of handling the details that push many projects forward… just doesn’t feel as satisfying as big chunks of projects accomplished. Maybe I can reframe that and look at total number of tasks achieved… Mmmm, I’m liking it!

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