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Balancing School AND Work

“Some Have to Earn to Learn”

Work and school seem to be two inseparable evils to most college students. To the fortunate few who have the “financial” ability to “choose” one without the other, we hate you (just kidding).

Unfortunately, most college students have to “earn” in order to “learn.” Personally speaking, I held so many jobs in college that my friends called me the “Job Man.” During any given semester, I worked at least two jobs, sometimes three, for a total of 50 – 60 hours a week! No joke. Matter of fact, after graduation, the “real world” seemed a lot easier than college. My mother was very poor and my father didn’t offer me any financial support. I know this sounds like a story from your parents, but I’m still in my late twenties.
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Motivational Tricks and Gimmicks

I think speaker and author Jim Rohn said it best when he said, “There’s only one type of motivation and that’s self motivation.” I know that may disappoint a lot of my students and loyal listeners, since, as a professional speaker, I’m paid to motivate students, staff, and managers. However, in actuality, all I’m really trying to do when I speak (or write) is to communicate something that might possibly get you to motivate yourself.

Let’s face it, people do things for their own reasons and motives, no one else’s. But the key to self motivation is learning how other people do it. Therefore, I’ve listed as many ideas, techniques, tricks, and gimmicks that I’ve heard other students use (including a few of my own) to motivate themselves to “get started,” with the hopes that at least one idea will inspire you to do the same. Good luck.
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Working Effectively and Efficiently

A RWU Student writes:

How do I become effective and efficient? Because I find myself doing a 45 minutes assignment for 3 hours.
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Preventing Procrastination

“Prioritizing, the Procrastination Panacea”

What is procrastination? Most students describe it as putting something off until the last minute. My personal definition of procrastination is “a justification for lack of motivation.”

No one is immune to procrastination. Even some of our greatest leaders procrastinated about something (i.e., spending time with their family, exercising, smoking, eating properly, etc.).
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Time Management – The Rude Awakening

The biggest challenge I’ve had to overcome as a college student, I believe, has to be time management. College life, academically, is much different from high school. In high school, my teachers gave assignments that could be completed in class. I know for a fact that once the teacher explained the information, she assigned homework; however, she also gave enough time to start the work. So when the homework was given, if I understood it, I would be able to complete it before the end of the class period.
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Getting & Staying Motivated

One of the biggest challenges (next to procrastination) I hear from most students across the country, including my own, is the concern that it’s getting harder and harder to stay motivated in college. I’m sure you’ve heard some of the complaints, “College is so boring; my professor is so boring; I don’t see how this stuff is going to help me in the ‘real world’; do I really need a college degree to succeed?” The list goes on and on.

I hope you will find comfort in the fact that almost every student goes through this phase, even the ones you think don’t have a problem at all getting and staying motivated. Remember, as a college professor, I’ve talked to thousands of students; they tell me things they would never confess to you. But I digress.
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