Ah…the first week. Every week for the next 15, you will be overwhelmed with work, life, family, and likely 3 – 5 classes each with weekly due dates. Something I find helpful to managing my goals is to write them down. When I was in my late teens/early 20’s working full time and going to school, I was introduced to a program called Managing Goal Achievement (http://www.integrityservices.com/sales/managing_goal_achievement.aspx). This program taught me many things, but most importantly to set goals and give specific deadlines. A few of my goals were things like “Earn 75,000 by the time I was 30” and “Complete my Masters degree by the time I was 25”.
While those goals are part of the big picture, I learned that the little things that help get you there are very often the most challenging. Right now, most of us are working on those little steps that will lead to the big picture for you. A few tips for the little steps this semester:
- Find a pencil and paper. When you sit down in front of the computer and listen to a lecture or you’re in class learning, your mind starts spinning and ideas, thoughts, so many things come into focus for just a brief period of time. Write it down!
- Homework should not be a period of stress. Give yourself enough time. I’ll make up a number and say that 75% of you won’t do that. If you find yourself stressed, maybe next week you will start earlier. Try it…Mikey would.
- Find peers with similar interests in education. This will help with building future contacts and help you gauge your success and strides through discussion. I’m not the only one you can learn from. Even if you’re in an online environment, take part in email discussions, social forums such as this. Find a friend.
Ron Burgundy is surely funny…but wise? I’m not so sure about that!