Honestly, adults often overwhelm students by trying to change too much too soon. Our kids typically know what needs to be changed, they’ve heard the lectures, they’ve gotten more than enough good ideas. Knowledge in and of itself is not enough of a motivator. So the problem is often in changing the actual habit! How do we do that exactly?
Much of my job as a coach is to empower students to change habits so they can minimize or eliminate habits that are counter-productive and build habits that will help. This is not a quick fix, it takes time and persistence, but it works!
To make this more clear, here are some of the common habits my students struggle with:
- Actually knowing how to study (and doing it proactively!)
- Not being distracted by electronics or other temptations
- Using a planner effectively to manage time and responsibilities
- Regularly organizing school papers and materials
- Getting restful sleep consistently
- Building a consistent fitness/exercise routine
- Having a consistent and reliable study routine
- Completing quality homework and turning it in on time
- Cutting out sugar or other foods that cause brain fog
- Eating foods that truly nourish the body
- Learning to stop procrastinating and get started
- Learning to focus when the task isn’t very interesting
- Keeping the study space clean and free of distractions
- Monitoring grades regularly
- Advocating for oneself proactively
As you can see, the number of habits students must manage in this highly distractible world can be overwhelming. And, picking your battles is no easy task especially when emotion comes into play. This video explores how we can start to push the needle and make some progress.