09-09-2010 - MTFF: Understanding Procrastination, Dominance and Prioritization – the top 3 keys to managing your time
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MAKE TIME FOR FUN
Weekly tips for better grades with less stress from The Grade Coach
Sept 9th 2010

A Note From Julie

Hi ,
Labor Day always spells out the end of summer for me. I know the weather is still hot, at least here in Massachusetts but with Labor Day and Back to School over, Fall and the cooler weather seems just round the corner.
 
With the season change this newsletter schedule will move back to it's weekly timing. Remember you can always catch up with past issues at http://thegradecoach.com/coach/newsletters/
 
As everyone settles into the school routines it can be easy to get swept up in all the assignments and activities and just react to what is put before us. This can be an ideal time however to take a small step back and really question why we are making the choices we do - and what impact this has on our time and our lives.
 
This week's articles look at this aspect of understanding ourselves so that we can use strategies that work with us and our strengths and preferences and not just hope someone else's techniques will work.
 
As well as the article below there are more in this week's blog. Check it out and leave your comments and some of your own tips  http://thegradecoach.com/coach/blog
 
Have a great week
 
Wishing happiness and successPlease forward this newsletter to
                        another parent or student
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 "Focused Time Management System - For School and Beyond"

This is my step by step home study system. I am really excited about this product because it will allow students who I cannot help personally have access to a lot of the same information and exercises that I use in my intensive coaching program. It is like having me with you in a binder! It is designed for older students (High school Junior and above) to use independently or for the parents of younger students to use to coach them through the process.
If you are ready to make a change and cut out the frustration and feelings or overwhelm then check it out www.timetipsforstudents.com

Free Teleseminar for Parents - "Focused Time Management: How to help your kids get the grades they deserve with less stress"

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The tele class gives great tips and strategies that you can use to help build your child's time management and organization skills.

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Understanding Procrastination, Dominance and Prioritization - the keys to managing your time

Self understanding is one of the keys to being able to manage your time and have balance in your life. Unfortunately we get so caught up in the day to day that it can be hard to take a step back and really get to know ourselves and what causes us to make the choices we do. Why do we procrastinate over certain tasks, why do we leave everything till the last moment, why do we deal with overwhelming workload by ignoring it and hoping it will go away?
It is all too easy for us to point out and recognize all of our weaknesses. Even if we don't see them ourselves the world seems determined to make us face our shortcomings.
 
But it is important to realize that we all have strengths too. By identifying and building on the strengths you already have it is much easier to adopt new techniques and behaviors that can turn things around for you.
 
There are a number of quizzes and assessments that I use with my clients that can help you to understand how and why you use time and what that means to you right now.
 
Here are the big three areas to help give you insight:
 
Procrastination - think about what tasks you tend to put off and why. What do these tasks have in common, what is it about them that you are trying to avoid. Do you think you cannot do them? Do they seem overwhelming? Is it something you don't enjoy? What are the common themes?
 
Once you figure out what tasks you procrastinate over and why it is much easier to find strategies to get round it.
 
Dominance - Understanding how your personality affects your behaviors and priorities can give you a great insight into areas where you have strengths, as well as areas you need to watch out for. Do you like to be constantly busy? What gives you satisfaction? Do you like competition? What drives you?
 
Knowing the answers to these and other questions can allow you to tap into your potential and play to your strengths instead of using strategies which may work for others but not you.
 
Prioritization - Understanding why you prioritize the way you do can allow you to step back and challenge your approach. If you are always using your "gut" what is really behind it? Do you go for what is most urgent? Do you choose those tasks you like the best? Or the teachers you like best? Do you focus on what has the biggest impact on your grades?
 
By understanding your natural prioritization process you can make adjustments and assessments that are appropriate for the situation you are faced with at the time.
 
Time management is really about self management. Unless you understand yourself and accept that (warts and all) you have no baseline on which to improve. That is why it is one of the first things I tackle in the Focused Time Management System.
 
What do you know about yourself right now that you can use to improve your time management?
 
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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