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Shirking today’s assignment – yet discovering great research on colleges August 31st, 2009 | No Comments

Okay!  I admit it!

The truth is, I was supposed to be writing an article for a magazine.  The deadline is looming (Friday) yet I just couldn’t get into the right frame of mind.  Do you ever find that sometimes the ideas and words just flow from your fingers to the keyboard – and other times it’s like beating back the undergrowth in the jungle with a dull machete?  I really did try to write… my trusty mindmap next to my computer-all my ideas that just wouldn’t gel.  Since it doesn’t happen to me often, I took it as a sign that I should choose something I could actually accomplish easily… and as the saying goes, “Tomorrow is another day.”

So I ventured far and wide and took care of niggling details (emails, booking flights, etc.) and then about noon said to myself, “Mmmm, this is not feeling productive enough!  I don’t want to get to the end of the day with too little accomplished.” I HATE that feeling when there’s so much to do!  So then I dove headlong into researching the SUNY (State University of NY) college/university system’s website for one of the young men I am coaching. Well, about 45 minutes later I was gasping for air-feeling that sense of overwhelm…  Having printed out the critical info, I felt I could leave the site and do more research-that I liked! I won’t bore you with the details… though I discovered some great info re:  high school students and their readiness for college and work, and research on positive psychology and teens… all a part of my upcoming ebook – Yikes!  Another deadline to think about…

The moral of the story is… so relevant to you in your college search -> to help you feel more relaxed and in control…

  • Have a plan for what needs to get done when…
  • Create deadlines with flexibility – to give yourself time for a change of pace…
  • When the work seems especially hard – look twice at doing it right then…

I know that I will go back to writing the article tomorrow feeling fresh – it will be easier to accomplish and take half the time than if I had forced myself to do it today.

I am a “down-to-the wire” kinda gal… and yet I know I’ll get the first draft done tomorrow, the rewrites a day later and I will still be done two days before my deadline…
My work is too important to rush… So is yours!

How’s your plan for choosing colleges?  Be sure to give yourself the time you need to do your best work!

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