Habit 3 is Put First Things First. Personally, I struggled with putting first things first as I was a procrastinator but, I have finally conquered myself and I am no longer in Quadrant 1! You see, there are different time quadrants which tell you if you are a 1. Procrastinator, 2. Prioritizer, 3. Yes-Man and 4. Slacker. You need to always stay on top of things and stay in quadrant 2 but it’s not easy, so you must work very hard for it to become a natural thing for you. Another way to becoming a prioritizer is to realize what your big rocks are and what your small rocks are. In other words, take notice of what is important first and those will be your big rocks to accomplish first. Only then will you have space for all the small rocks. Lastly, don’t let fear control you, control your fear. It’s okay to make mistakes if you’re trying to do the right thing. On page 121 in the 7 Habits book, Sean Covey says “Winning means rising each time you fail.” This is telling you that although you failed, if you are willing to rise and try again and pick up your broken pieces, that is winning. This is a hard habit to conquer but once you do it, it will change your
The First habit is to be proactive, or “proactivity”, it is explained that being proactive means that we as humans are responsible for our own lives. Our performance in life is up to us and is not the result of things that have happened or experiences but the choices that we choose to make and how we view our lives as a whole. It is our obligation to choose how we respond to the experiences in our lives. Take for instance, Viktor Frankl, he was a prisoner of the death camps in Nazi Germany. Frankl had terrible experiences such as being tortured, starved, being naked, and losing almost his whole family. At the time while all of this was going on, Frankl decided he was not going to let all of this to affect him. He became aware that he had the freedom to choose his own response to what was happening and the meaning to all of it which then in turn gave him self-fulfillment. As I look at the statement “What I do is largely controlled by actions of others”, I am certain the author of this book would most definitely disagree with this. The reason I say this because...
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The Achievement Habit is a book all about taking control of your life. Bernard Roth is the author and he does a brilliant job of pointing out everyday issues about society. He points out in chapter two that Reasons Are Bullshit . Everyone uses reasons for things that we can control but we only use them when the things are not top priority. If everything we did has top priority then we would get it done and not need an excuse or reason for it. Roth says “ Many reasons are simply excuses to hide the fact that we are not willing to give something high enough priority in our lives.” ( p.41) People may argue that reasons are necessary , Roth argues that Reasons Are Bullshit. He thinks “ The problem with reasons is that they’re
Reading the book 7 Habits of a highly effective teen have taught me many things, self-encouragement is a huge part along with how to focus yourself and trick your mind into setting yourself towards great things. I’ve learned that the mind will tell a person something that one might blow over and forget important things that might help people in certain situations. The book talks about 7 habits to help a teen through situations in life and just things you come across in life and need a way to deal with it. Many of the habits also help let a teen think about where he or she might want to be successfully in life. Some habits that really stood out to me where The Personal Bank Account, Think Win Win and Begin with the End in Mind.
Let’s give an example. If Rachel discovers that her evening shopping habit is a result of trying to get rid of work stress, she’ll realize that exercise could help her get rid of that stress and not be so rough on her pocket. So on Tuesday instead of going to the shoe shop on Freemont, she’ll take a walk around Westbrook Avenue. After the walk, Rachel will jot down how she feels. Does she still want to go to the shoe shop? If she still wants to go to the shoe shop then stress isn’t the craving. Maybe it’s a need for companionship. On Wednesday she’ll convince Kate to go to the gym with her. If she doesn’t feel like going to the shoe shop after then she’s found the craving and now has one activity that can help her satisfy it. Basically Rachel is redesigning her habit loop.
Some college students a lot of times procrastinate because they have a fear of failing (Webber). College students sense that they never have any room to mess up and bounce back again to cover up for the failure that has been taken place. The fear of failing can only hold college students back if they allow it to. No college student wants t...
Like everyone, I have weaknesses and strengths that relate to school. I am proficient in remembering things such as formulas, or definitions which I believe are the reason I take an understanding to math. I most unquestionably need to improve my habit of procrastinating I'm aware that this is the MAIN reason i haven't been doing the best I could have throughout my high school years thus far. I'm not stupid, I started my freshman year as a full ib myp student and had I not been lazy I would've accomplished way bigger, better than things by now rather than having to quit a sport due to my grades or having to attend summer school every summer for the last two years.
Habits could lead our lives in two directions, A path that leads to success and well-being, or a path that leads to nowhere and laziness. Currently, I am on the path the leads to nowhere and laziness. However, modifying or eliminating a bad habit is not an easy task to accomplish. In the book The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg, explains with willpower and determination you can change a certain habit and achieve any long goal you wanted to achieve. A change in bad habits leads to a change in life"(Jenny Craig). Personally, my bad habit is coming home from college, proceed to laying down on my bed and go on my phone, which leads to losing precious time for completing my homework. I created an experiment where I tried to adjust my habit
During the summer before starting high school, many incoming Freshmen are hit with nerves. They’re nervous about the upperclassmen, how to fit in socially and, most importantly, the level of difficulty of the subjects in high school compared to middle school academics. Well here’s a newsflash – it’s different; it’s harder. In order to succeed academically, you have to study well. In order to study well, you have to build amazing study habits. In order to build amazing study habits, you have to read the rest of this and apply it to your life. Once all of that’s done, you will be a shoo in for top grades with low stress involved and be the “go to" person for classmates when it comes to A+ study tips.
For many people, they claim that the reason they aren’t doing the task is the lack of motivation. So, in order to solve the complication, is to reward yourself when the task is accomplished. By implementing this belief in order to stop procrastination, I set rewards for myself in order to attain. For example, every time I finish a section for my math class, I rewarded myself by watching Youtube, scrolling through social media, etc. By prohibiting the temptation of going on the internet, it made me finish the task quickly. As a result, being successful in accomplishing the task, compared to endeavoring a punishment due to my lackluster of performance when attaining a goal. Stated by Amelia Earhart, ”The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own
Evolutionary psychology is an important factor when it comes to the researching the roles of individuals in society due to their biological and genetic makeup. The thought patterns can effect human behavior, social cognitive perspective is very influential when it comes to using the mind. Habits are known to be hard to break because it’s something that we have programed our minds to believe is a necessary part of our behavior. Wendy woods has a great interest gender differences and similarities as well as in attitudes, habits, and behavior control. She has a published an article on a psychologist bulletin but the name “Can’t Control Yourself? Monitor Those Bad Habits” in the article it covered how habits can become something that can control your life. She stated Daily life exposes people to various cues that trigger unwanted habits. “A glimpse of the TV remote can derail a plan to go jogging; the sound of a new e-mail can trigger a habit of procrastinating on the Web. The ability to control these bad habits, as with other proponent responses, depends on a variety of self-control processes, including detecting that self-regulation is necessary and having sufficient self-regulatory capacity” (Woods, 2010). We all process behavior sometimes we process those things into our thought process and they become a normal way of
Procrastination has become such a bad habit for me. It is very hard to stop procrastinating everything once you have gotten into the habit of doing it. Once I had a term paper due for my religion class. It was to be ten pages long and we were told to spend a lot of time doing it. Being the procrastinator that I am, I waited to the very last minute to do it. I waited until the night before to do most of it. Needless to say, I was up very late that night. In this class there was always a part of the paper due on a certain date before the final paper was due. Having things due before the final paper is due keeps me on task and keeps me from procrastinating until the day before the paper is due. There was one paper which we had to get sources for a while before the paper was due and it forced me to keep up with the paper, rather than let it go to the last minute. This class has taught me that the earlier you start the more positive your final result will be.
When it comes to the topic of addiction, most of us will readily agree that it is a miserable trait to possess. An addiction is a physical and psychological state of being that if not treated correctly could result into harmful wrongdoing. In The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, he recounts a story in which a fatigued housewife named Angie Bachmann lost all of her family’s assets, amounting to a million dollars due to a gambling addiction. Every habit has three components: a cue or a trigger of an automatic behavior to start, a routine the behavior itself, and a reward which is how our brain learns to remember this pattern for the future. According to Duhigg, “you cannot extinguish a bad habit, you can only change it” (63). Duhigg suggests that in order to change ones bad habit the “Golden Rule” must be implied. The Golden Rule is a theory of shifting a habit by retaining the old cue and reward, and tries to change only the routine. Duhigg’s answer to the question in the chapter title, “Are we responsible for our habits?” is simply “Yes.” If we have an awareness of our habits, then we are responsible for their consequences. In the case of Angie Bachmann, she should be held accountable for her gambling debts because she was well aware of her own bad habit and did not try to seek for help.