04-08-2010 - MTFF: Forget all the tips, they won't help!
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MTFF: Forget all the tips, they won't help! Sent Thursday, April 8, 2010 
April 1st 2010
Weekly tips for better grades with less stress from The Grade Coach

A Note From Julie

Hi ,

I have been hard at work this week putting the final touches to my brand new home study system, ready for its big unveiling next week when I speak at the Easton Middle School Parent Group.

If you enjoy the tips in my articles you are going to love this!... but I am saying no more...it is all hush hush for now! Look out for more news next week.

This week's article is a combination of tip and advice to you, if you want to make sure that any change you put in place is a lasting one. Let me know what you think.

Wishing happiness and success
Julie Baird


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An Interview With Julie
I posted on the website an interview  that covers all of the questions people typically ask me. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Public Speaking
April 12th I am speaking to the parent group at Easton Middle School. 
April 15th I am speaking to small business owners in Providence, RI
April 28th I am speaking to The Down Town Women's Club in Framingham, MA
If you know a group that you think would like to hear me speak at no cost please e-mail me.

The Grade Coach Blog
Each week there are 2-3 articles, developing ideas and allowing you a chance to give some feedback. 

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Time Management Products

I am dying to tell you all about it but my lips are sealed.....
But don't worry, you will be among the first to hear about it, and I might even have a special surprise, just for my loyal readers!


  • Homework Checklist
  • Monthly Planner
  • Weekly Planner by Topic
  • Weekly Planner by Time
  • Daily Planner

  • Time Log


    Quick tips for a Lasting Change!

    Time management tips are all over the internet. There is a lot of great pieces of advice out there and many excellent advisors.

    One thing I have noticed though, both through my own experience and with those that I have helped, a collection of tactics, no matter how great just does not lead to lasting change. Sure things get better for a while, but then you slide back to your previous habits and you are no better off.

    Think of it like any other behavioral change. Weight loss or adopting a more healthy lifestyle is an easy one for most people to relate to.

    We all know there are good foods and bad foods (says she eating a slice of banana bread - does that count as a fruit?). We all know that it is good for us to eat healthily and exercise regularly. The world is full of tips on how to build exercise into your daily routine, cook healthier meals, reduce the fat in your diet and so on.

    And yet, we struggle to make the changes stick!

    Unless you have superhuman willpower (not one of my strong suits!) you need some help to make a lasting change.

    Two aspects strike me as being most important for lasting behavioral transformation.

    1. A systematic process for retraining your behaviors
    2. Having accountability for your progress

    This explains the rise in popularity of health coaches and personal trainers.

    Not at all coincidentally, this is the approach my own coaching follows.

    The Focused Time Management SystemTM gives you the step by step process that allows you to, not only identify and address the exact issues that you have as an individual, but to put in place behaviors that will last.

    How you provide accountability for your progress is an individual choice. Some options are:

    • A group where each person shares their goals and their progress
    • An accountability partner with someone going through the same process
    • An outside person who may be tougher  on you - this could be a parent, or coach (like me)

    Whatever your choice, accountability is an important factor - make sure you have it covered.

    So there you have it.
    The secret to lasting change. A systematic process and accountability.

    Now, what are you waiting for?

    If you or your child are struggling to control your time and get the results you know you are capable of then it is time to take action.  The Focused Time Management System TM for Students avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get you back in control of your time and your life. It's all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you're done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy!  All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter.  E mail me at Julie@thegradecoach.com to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help.
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    Time Management for Students E-Course

    Interview with  Julie

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