educ - week 06 PRIORITIZE

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Sherfield and Moody Cornerstones
Topic: Prioritize
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Facts about Time
• Everyone has the same amount of time
• There are no “time-outs” or “turn-backs”
• Time flows at a steady rate
Therefore, we must learn how to effectively
manage the time we have!
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Self-Discipline
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Do You Have Free Time?
• Is not created by putting off work
• Is not time spend procrastinating
• Is not time taken away from obligations
• Is time you reward yourself with
• Is time you create by planning ahead
• Is time you can enjoy after obligations
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Time Management Types
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The Circler – same patterns, same results
The Doodler – no attention to important details
The Squanderer – wasting too much time
The Beggar – frustrated and expecting extra time
The Planner – too much time spent planning
The Hun – waiting, then being inconsiderate
The Passivist – “no reason to even try”
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Learning to Say “No”
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Think before you respond
Review your schedule first
Learn to be assertive (not rude)
Put yourself and your future first
Negotiate a reasonable deadline
Put a time limit on your “yes”
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Ways to Simplify Your Life
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Identify what matters to you
Escape from technology daily
Learn to delegate
Record how you spend your time
Spend money to save time
De-clutter and organize
Live in the moment
Learn to give thanks and to do nothing
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Procrastination
• Why do we fall into this trap repeatedly?
• What has procrastination cost you?
– A good grade?
– Money?
– Reputation?
– Dignity?
– Doing your best?
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Causes of Procrastination
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Superhuman expectations
Fear of not knowing how to complete task
Lack of internal motivation
Fear of failing
No real plan for completing task
Task is considered unpleasant or uninteresting
Laziness or apathy
Distractions or lack of focus
Choosing “fun” before responsibility
Waiting for the “right” mood
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How Do You Spend Your Time?
• Spend one week recording your activities
• Look for distractions, interrruptions
– Friends or family?
– Technology?
– Being unorganized?
– Playing before work?
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Plan and Organize your Life
• Divide your daily tasks into three lists:
– Must do (first priority)
– Need to do
– Would like to do
• Rank items within each list
• Now you have a plan!
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Stress
• Stress – mental and physical toll on your body
as a result of everyday life
• Stress is inevitable
• Two types:
– Eustress: good stress (can motivate you)
– Distress: bad stress (out of hand)
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Symptoms of Distress
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Anxiousness and nervousness
Insomnia
Memory problems
Physical exhaustion
Chronic muscle pain
Heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea
Decreased coping ability
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Types of Major Stressors
• Situational: event that causes stress
– Example: death of a loved one
• Psychological: internal mental stress
– Example: unrealistic expectations
• Biological: internal physical stress
– Example: weight gain/loss
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Topic Reflections
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Make a to-list every evening for next day
Include time for friends, joy, adventure
Avoid procrastination – just do it!
Lose your perfectionist attitude
Delegate responsibilities when possible
Manage your time and reduce your stress
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