As many students are taking a summer and a break from brain work, it is a good time to look back over what you have accomplished since the school year began last August or September. How are your grades? How is your state of mind? How do you feel about the future?
Taking all of that into account, think ahead, past the summer fun and picture yourself next August or September. Can you do better? What can you do to think more positively? What is your plan for the future?
Plan. There is a simple yet key word from all of the above. What is your plan? Not your future plan but rather your plan for today. Yep, just today.
The most successful people have a calendar, most on their phones now that syncs with their computer, to keep up with everything that needs to be done – from work due to calls that need to be made to appointments and meetings. Start to make it a habit to use the calendar function on your phone and/or computer and set out a schedule each and every day. As soon as you get an assignment, add it to the calendar. When you think of something that needs to be done, add it to your to-do list, when you think of someone you need to call or see, add it to the plan.
Each and every morning I print out a sheet of the things I need to do in order of priority. It helps me not only remember to do things, especially the most important things first, it also helps me keep focused. In fact, “Check Facebook” is at the bottom of the page because I know once I get started on that, I could be there for over an hour! Apparently even the late, great Benjamin Franklin had a schedule. He even reviewed himself at the end of each day.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
When you take it one day at a time, with a plan that you stick to, the future becomes more clear and that summer much more enjoyable!
Rock on Steeleworkers!