Dear Weekend…Never leave me…Sincerely, Life

Okay, so it’s Friday, and I have some advice.

Get the most out of your weekend! Like many of you, my week is completely swallowed up by work, more work, classes, and a personal life (shockingly). I don’t know about the rest of you, but I actually value my weekends. Starting Monday of every week of my life, I begin planning my weekend. What movies are out? Are any of them worth the money (seriously, January and February are where movies go to die)? Can I eat enough for three people between Friday and Sunday? Do I have time to both sleep in and get some amount of homework done?

By Friday, I have an excellent idea of how I’m spending my weekend. This two day break from insanity shall include some homework (unless someone would like to do it for me), morning yoga, dinner with great friends, a going-away party that will include ample amounts of dancing and snack foods, and a relaxing Sunday afternoon at the dog park with the spoiled mutt.

I repeat. USE your weekends. Recollect your sanity and focus. Start your next week with purpose and focus and a clear mind. Loosen up! I won’t judge.

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You are the expert

As the BPS student services coordinator it is my job to connect with students, to help identify any roadblocks, as well as document factors that bolster academic success.  Student input is what helps us refine and direct BPS programming and supports.  It is essential to the success of BPS, and I enjoy checking in with students more than any other aspect of my job.

This past week I spoke with several BPSers about how classes were going.  Their insights proved to me just how important their voice is and how potentially powerful the blog forum would be to share these insights with all BPS students.

For example, I spoke with two students who, in my opinion, gave an excellent overview of e Books, including: their experience with them, the pros and cons, and their recommendations for use.  Their insights were just as meaningful as any I’ve read, and because they were unique to our program, they became more relevant to me than other more generic applications that I have read on-line.  I am still hoping one of them will write a blog…hint, hint.

When confronted with the task to write, most students say “I don’t blog” or “I don’t know how to blog”.  It couldn’t be easier.  Send an email to professionalstudies@uwec.edu with a couple of paragraphs you would like to share.  It doesn’t have to be written like a newspaper article.  Write like you speak, like I am doing now.  If you share something cool that you have read somewhere, write down where you found it, so we can look it up as well.

Then just cut and paste whatever you wrote into the body of an email, or attach it in a Word document.  Not interested in writing, but wanting to pose a topic for discussion on the blog, email me that as well.  We will do the research and begin the conversation.  Chime in at any time by clicking on “comment” which is located directly below the post.

That’s all there is to it.  You can do it.

Motivation for Your Goals!

Setting your goals is the easy part. Actually meeting those goals takes a lot more than just saying you will! Motivation is the key here and while it’s not easy, here’s a guide that can lead to a series of successful accomplishments, goals, and habit changes. Motivate yourself from the very start!

  1. Start small. I’ve said this before, but that’s because it’s one of the most important tips in motivating yourself toward a goal. Don’t start out big! Start out with a ridiculously easy goal, and then grow from there. If you want to exercise, for example, you may be thinking that you have to do these intense workouts 5 days a week. No — instead, do small, tiny, baby steps. Just do 2 minutes of exercise. Commit to 2 minutes of exercise for one week. You may want to do more, but just stick to 2 minutes. It’s so easy, you can’t fail. Do it at the same time, every day. Just some crunches, 2 pushups, and some jogging in place. Once you’ve done 2 minutes a day for a week, increase it to 5, and stick with that for a week. In a month, you’ll be doing 15-20. Want to wake up early? Don’t think about waking at 5 a.m. Instead, think about waking 10 minutes earlier for a week. That’s all. Once you’ve done that, wake 10 minutes earlier than that. Baby steps.
  2. One goal. Too many people start with too many goals at once, and try to do too much. It saps energy and motivation. It’s probably the most common mistake that people make. You cannot maintain energy and focus (the two most important things in accomplishing a goal) if you are trying to do two or more goals at once. It’s not possible — I’ve tried it many times. You have to choose one goal, for now, and focus on it completely. You can always do your other goals when you’ve accomplished your One Goal.
  3. Examine your motivation. Know your reasons. Give them some thought … and write them down. If you have loved ones, and you are doing it for them, that is more powerful than just doing it for self-interest. Doing it for yourself is good too, but you should do it for something that you REALLY REALLY want to happen, for really good reasons.
  4. Commit publicly. None of us likes to look bad in front of others. We will go the extra mile to do something we’ve said publicly. Now, you don’t have to commit to your goal in your daily newspaper, but you can do it with friends and family and co-workers, and you can do it on your blog if you have one. And hold yourself accountable — don’t just commit once, but commit to giving progress updates to everyone every week or so.
  5. Get excited. Well, it starts with inspiration from others (see above), but you have to take that excitement and build on it. Get pumped! Get excited about how amazing it will be once you’re on your way!
  6. Print it out, post it up. Print out your goal in big words. Make your goal just a few words long, like a mantra (”Exercise 15 mins. Daily”), and post it up on your wall or refrigerator. Post it at home and work. Put it on your computer desktop. You want to have big reminders about your goal, to keep your focus and keep your excitement going. A picture of your goal also helps.

(source: http://zenhabits.net/the-ultimate-guide-to-motivation-how-to-achieve-any-goal/)

Friday Fun

TGIF BPSers!

Is the end of the first week of the new semester and you probably need a little break in the action. What are some of your spare-time activities?

Do you knit? Here’s a fun knitting website where you can shop for yarn, needles, and other crafting knickknacks.

Love music? Vinyl records are making a big comeback. If you got some Christmas money left to spend, check out Jerry Raskin’s Needle Doctor website for new and unique turntables. For records, head to your local used book store or record shop.

Outdoorsy? It is winter and in many parts of the country, we’re dealing with some winter weather. Check out this site to find some fun winter activities.

Whatever you do, take a few hours off from homework and enjoy the new year.