Habit #1: Be Proactive

Written by: 
Greg Gabis - Operations Training Director

I’ve been writing about habits for three weeks now. I imagine you are starting to see where I’m going with this! I think week 5 is the best time to start talking about very specific habits that you can choose to build on to create your success. I find Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to be extraordinarily useful to students. I won’t go over all of them right now, but let’s get started with the first one.Plan ahead blocks

The first of the Seven Habits is: “Be Proactive”. What does that mean and how does it help? Being proactive simply means to choose to accomplish tasks ahead of time. By choosing to do our work ahead of time, we are able to better manage our time, avoid being overwhelmed by too much work at once, and submit our best work when it is due.

For example, many successful students have the habit of preparing for their mid-term exam starting in week 4 or 5. Week 4 or 5?! The mid-term is in week 6! Why would anyone start preparing so early? Let’s take a look at how the mind works to get a better idea. Research has shown that sleeping improves our learning. If we break our studies down into smaller chunks and “sleep on it”, we are much more likely to retain what we learned. If you try to cram or pull an all-nighter, you rob yourself of this very powerful tool that takes no extra effort and is automatic.

Another concept to consider is our goal oriented nature. The more we repeat a picture in our mind of successfully completing the mid-term exam, the more likely we are to make that come about. The sooner I start with that picture, the more chances I have to repeat it. I can see the successful completion of the exam. I can imagine the environment I will be in. I can imagine feeling confident and energized. The best part is that I know it is all true because I have been studying!

Get started on studying now and study a little bit every day. Final exams will be here before you now it. Be proactive and be successful!

I’ve been writing about habits for three weeks now. I imagine you are starting to see where I’m going with this! I think week 5 is the best time to start talking about very specific habits that you can choose to build on to create your success. I find Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to be extraordinarily useful to students. I won’t go over all of them right now, but let’s get started with the first one.

The first of the Seven Habits is: “Be Proactive”. What does that mean and how does it help? Being proactive simply means to choose to accomplish tasks ahead of time. By choosing to do our work ahead of time, we are able to better manage our time, avoid being overwhelmed by too much work at once, and submit our best work when it is due.

For example, many successful students have the habit of preparing for their mid-term exam starting in week 4 or 5. Week 4 or 5?! The mid-term is in week 6! Why would anyone start preparing so early? Let’s take a look at how the mind works to get a better idea. Research has shown that sleeping improves our learning. If we break our studies down into smaller chunks and “sleep on it”, we are much more likely to retain what we learned. If you try to cram or pull an all-nighter, you rob yourself of this very powerful tool that takes no extra effort and is automatic.

Another concept to consider is our goal oriented nature. The more we repeat a picture in our mind of successfully completing the mid-term exam, the more likely we are to make that come about. The sooner I start with that picture, the more chances I have to repeat it. I can see the successful completion of the exam. I can imagine the environment I will be in. I can imagine feeling confident and energized. The best part is that I know it is all true because I have been studying!

Get started on studying now and study a little bit every day. Final exams will be here before you now it. Be proactive and be successful!

I’ve been writing about habits for three weeks now. I imagine you are starting to see where I’m going with this! I think week 5 is the best time to start talking about very specific habits that you can choose to build on to create your success. I find Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to be extraordinarily useful to students. I won’t go over all of them right now, but let’s get started with the first one.

The first of the Seven Habits is: “Be Proactive”. What does that mean and how does it help? Being proactive simply means to choose to accomplish tasks ahead of time. By choosing to do our work ahead of time, we are able to better manage our time, avoid being overwhelmed by too much work at once, and submit our best work when it is due.

For example, many successful students have the habit of preparing for their mid-term exam starting in week 4 or 5. Week 4 or 5?! The mid-term is in week 6! Why would anyone start preparing so early? Let’s take a look at how the mind works to get a better idea. Research has shown that sleeping improves our learning. If we break our studies down into smaller chunks and “sleep on it”, we are much more likely to retain what we learned. If you try to cram or pull an all-nighter, you rob yourself of this very powerful tool that takes no extra effort and is automatic.

Another concept to consider is our goal oriented nature. The more we repeat a picture in our mind of successfully completing the mid-term exam, the more likely we are to make that come about. The sooner I start with that picture, the more chances I have to repeat it. I can see the successful completion of the exam. I can imagine the environment I will be in. I can imagine feeling confident and energized. The best part is that I know it is all true because I have been studying!

Get started on studying now and study a little bit every day. Final exams will be here before you now it. Be proactive and be successful!

Want to know more about “sleep on it”? Check this out:
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/high-octane-women/201203/do-we-learn-while-were-asleep