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Procrastination is a massive problem for my students who struggle with executive function. Unfortunately, these students have all sorts of consequences as a result, including late work, missing work, incomplete work, zeroes, falling grades, homework battles, overwhelm, stress, etc.. This video teaches students how I use my 3-30-3 study sprint method to break through procrastination and get stuff done.
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Austin teachers, what’s up? This is a video for your child for your students a student’s. What’s up? My name is Seth. What’s up, bro., man, executive function coach based out of Boulder Colorado. And today I’m going to teach you about how to do a study Sprint and this is the 333 study Sprint store 333 study Sprint. So here’s the problem got a lot of homework to do. It’s overwhelming. You don’t even know where to start and when you don’t know where to start in your overwhelming and it’s very abstract. That’s what you got to do. You want to procrastinate you don’t feel motivated. You don’t feel like doing it. I’ll do it later. I’ll do it tomorrow. Get off my back. Leave me alone, Mom and Dad. I’ve got this. Why don’t you just trust me? I’m going to do it in a few minutes meanwhile in your head. It’s like where do I even start and when we are overwhelmed and we don’t know where to start would we do we procrastinate we push it back? We push it back. We avoid we avoid to avoid and we either get it done later on or we don’t get it done at all. And what often happens when people do this a lot is that the end up with a lot of missing Zane complete slate work zeros. These are people have a lot of tests correction. And these are people who really their grades are suffering in there not learning as much because because they don’t even know where to start. So the 333 method is a so what I call a study Sprint and I work with students all the time. My name is Seth program executive function coach based out of Boulder, Colorado. I am struggling students navigate this thing called education and I work with my students here in Colorado and it’s really hard for them to even know where to start. So here is how this method Works. Basically you’re going to set a timer for 3 minutes like this. I love timers I use them with my students all the time because they are concrete they are auditory. They are at the kinesthetic you can touch them you can see them there. Visual so I use these timers a lot and using this timer is going to help you because it makes it more real and makes more concrete makes it easier to get your stuff that they’re going to set it for 3 minutes. We’re gone 15 seconds already on the street minutes and during that 3 minutes are going to prep and plan. What does that mean? It means you set it for 3 minutes and you’re going to prep him plan. You’re going to pull out what you need. Maybe you need a highlighter. Maybe you need a pen. Maybe you need your planner. Maybe need a book. Maybe you need a worksheet. Whatever you need for this little tiny study Sprint 30 minute session. You get it out. He grab what you need from your backpack you clean off your desk you clean off your study area. You get rid of clutter you get prepped you prep. Your area and you plan for what you’re going to do. So meanwhile during this 3 minutes. I’m also going to plan so my plan may be. Okay. Well, I’m going to work on this Mass shooter. I’m going to write this draft did the taper. I’m going to read a few chapters of this book or whatever. So you prep now. Let’s say the timer goes off early. It doesn’t matter when the timer goes off. Just hit stop and keep if you’re still prepping. Just keep prepping until you’re done prepping and plan. So if it takes you 5 minutes, but if it takes you 7 Minutes who cares, but what’s just happened is you have just tricked yourself into taking action. You have just tricked yourself into overcoming the procrastination. You still may not feel motivated to do it, but it doesn’t matter. I don’t tell people that they should feel motivated what I tell you what I tell my students is that it doesn’t matter if we feel motivated or not. If we want to be successful in life. We have to figure out how to get stuff done that needs to get done. No matter how we feel whether or not we feel motivated doesn’t matter. It’s got to get done. If we don’t figure this out we start with executive function. We don’t figure out how to get stuff done and we are going to struggle in life as adults in a big way and I do not want that to happen to your eye when you have a great life. Filled with possibilities Freedom fun joy connection engagement meaningful activities in your life. Okay. So in order to be able to have the freedom you want your life, we do have to be able to get stuff done. So the 3 minutes is going on at you get you prep and plan in the three minutes. What do you do? You prep your area and you plan what you’re going to do then once you’re 3 minutes or 5 minutes or whatever takes it doesn’t matter, but you’ve just started taking action and getting ready next you’re going to get into the phase of execution where you’re going to start to execute whatever you planned to do now so much of what I teach my students is just a mental game. It’s tricking the Mind into getting things done that needed that was the timer out Salinas in a minute. So it’s tricking the mind. So you just trick your mind into getting started now we got to get the momentum. Okay. You got a little bit started you planned what you got to do. You pulled some stuff out you at least got over the hump for 3 minutes 3 minutes is very easy for the mind to digest. Yes. I can do three minutes of getting ready. But now we need to get the train moving so trained it is standstill is very hard to get moving now. We need to get some momentum with the train. So now we’re going to do is we’re going to go Backed our timer here and we’re going to set it from 3 minutes, and we’re going to set it for 30 minutes total 30 minutes. Now you can set up for 35 you can set up for 20 can set up for 15. You can set up for 50. I do not care, but with A333 method we’re just going to use 30 to be simple to at least get started you’re going to press your timer. And now you are going to start 30 focused minutes of whatever you’re doing. If you get done early let the F Matt and you get done in 20 minutes, then you’re done. Let’s say you get done in 10 minutes, then you’re dying. But whatever you’re going to set up for 30 minutes and you’re going to get the train moving. You’re going to get momentum. This is very important. Now what if you are going in the Beeper goes off at 30 minutes, but you still have more to do and you have momentum. What do you think you should do if you have good momentum. You should continue your someone who struggles with motivation and you procrastinate a lot and you’ve got some momentum go with it. Trust me. I work with students like this all the time. If you are if you’re already going to be for goes off, but you could keep going keep going. Some people will say. Oh no, you should stop and take a break. Well what happens when my students take a break as they get the railed. They think they’re going to take a five-minute break and they end up taking a 5 day break. They may never get back to the assignment or maybe very painful or their homework arguments or they take us 23 minute break instead of a 5-minute break and then they’re up too late and then they’re tired in the morning, you know, so just if you have momentum keep it going but after this 30 minutes is done if you’re ready for a little break or you’re ready to stop then you go to the next three so we had three minutes of what planning and prepping then we have 30 minutes of what of focus And then we have three minutes of reflection. So here’s what that means you finish your 30 minutes. Let’s say we’re going to stop here instead of for 3 minutes again. And now the three minutes is gone again. And this is reflection. What does that mean? It means you look at your plan. You look at what you did and you say okay. I was going to work on math and focus. How focused was I did I get done what I needed to get done. What do I need to do? Next? Should I stay working on this assignment? Should I shift to another assignment? So the final 3 minutes is a time for reflection to just sort of stop and say what in the world is going on. I’ve been trying to focus for 30 minutes. How’s it going? Where do we go from here? So to recap here’s the problem students get overwhelmed. It’s your abstract. They don’t know where to start when they don’t know where to start and it feels overwhelming. What do we do? We procrastinate which causes a lot of problems. So what are we trying to do? We’re trying to get over the procrastination so that we can get some momentum and get some stuff done. How do we do that? Number one? We take 3 minutes and we plan and prep number to we take 30 minutes. Lee Focus number 3 we take 3 minutes and we reflect and figure out what in the world is going on and where we need to go from here. So try this map it out and try it out a lot. Try it out 5 or 10 times consistently and see if it helps your life. Again. The specifics don’t matter may be planning a prepping is 2 minutes. Maybe it’s 10 minutes. Maybe the execution phase is 30 minutes, maybe 10. Maybe it’s an hour at these things don’t matter but it’s a great framework to get you started getting some better habits and bus through that grass Nation so you can get your stuff done in a reasonable amount of time so that you can have more freedom and more fun in your life all together. Not only now but also in your future. All right, my name is Seth. What’s up, bro., Executive function coach here in Boulder, Colorado. I have a starving students them get this thing called education you like this give it a thumbs up or subscribe or leave a comment. What do you think what methods do you use that help you take action and bust through procrastination. What ideas do you have that you can share with all of us? I will see you soon take