1. Start with the end goal:
What is the date of the exam? What is your home improvement project finish date?
2. Make a list of tasks:
Come up with a list of tasks needed to accomplish your goal. For exams, write a list of units or topics covered on the exam. Then make note of your study tools. For example, did the teacher provide a review sheet? Can you use the unit tests and quizzes to study? Can you use your study guides from each unit to prepare?
The first thing that many parents try to do is rush in to fix the immediate need: go get the missing item. However, this usually is an inconvenience to the parent without being an inconvenience to the child. Think about it: the child gets their needs met without having to do much of anything except cry out for help. At the same time, mom or dad has to leave work, home, appointments, etc. to drive extra trips to drop off that item. While this solves the immediate need, it does not help solve the actual problem, and it does not encourage growth in the child. Instead, you can be supportive and acknowledge their feelings ("I can see that this is really hard for you.") without solving their problem for them ("I'm sorry that you forgot your homework, but I won't be able to go get it for you."). This may mean a late grade at school or a few tears. This is ok. The uncomfortable feeling that they have is how they learn, take responsibility for their own actions, and are motivated to change their behaviors.
This is a great time to reorganize your desk!
First of all, do you have a desk that supports your current needs? Is it big enough? In the right location? Is your chair the right height and does it give you the right amount of support?
If you need some "Desk Support", try one of these blog posts:
Desk Ideas for Sitting on the Floor or Couch
Arranging Kids' Desks for Distance Learning
Let’s say that your desk is good to go… Now what? Consider how much “stuff” you like to have on your desk. Do you like it clean and completely cleared off? Do you like to have things out where you can see them? There’s no right answer. This is about knowing yourself and what supports your work and helps you to focus.
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Attending a lot of Zoom calls these days? It's the worst when your internet has an unstable connection... you miss what people are saying, images freeze, they can't hear you, and you might even get kicked out of the meeting!
A simple thing that has helped me tremendously has been investing in an ethernet cable. Instead of using wifi, I instead plug my computer directly into the router box using the cable. This has made an incredible positive difference in both my productivity and the quality of my online meetings.
Because I have a mac laptop, I also had to purchase an Apple USB Ethernet Adaptor.
My name is Laura, and I love all things organizing!
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