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A habit is a habit no matter how small - reflections of a Kidsline Buddy during exam time.

After some deep reflections on my recent life, I have become more aware of my own habits. I began to observe patterns in my thoughts. Here I want to share with you two “mind traps” that I found myself in, along with ways I have found useful in getting me on a different path. 
“What do you study at school/uni?” “I am majoring in procrastination with a minor in gluing myself to bed.”

Recently my procrastination got so bad that whenever I needed to be studying, I immediately tell myself that I should tidy up the desk, go to the gym and get my motivation back. I often did so by watching 10 episodes of Game of Thrones in a row and leaving the work for another day.
Procrastination gets to all of us when the task at hand seems too big to handle; here are some steps to dealing with this:
  1. Visualise a goal. Something tangible and easily achievable.
  2. Break down the goal. Just like the famous Japanese marathon runner said. “I never ran 42.19 km in my life. I always ran 200 meters a couple hundred times.”
  3. Draw up a time table. Now that you have broken the tasks down to smaller portions, sign a contract with yourself. A goal without a deadline will never be achieved.
  4. Cut yourself some slacks and take a break. I know, right? Sounds counter-productive. When you have reached your short-term goal according to your time table, go out for a run, make your favourite tea, read manga for 30 minutes, you name it. I found this very helpful as I felt less need to procrastinate as I knew I’d be able to go on my phone soon. 

We are what we repeatedly do. Success is not an action but a habit.

What’s a good habit of yours that has shaped you into who you are today? What is a good habit that you have long wanted to have? It is never too late! Start slow, hang in there and surprise yourself with your wonderful progress!

Habits are wonderful things. The longer you keep up a good habit, the more it rewards you. It takes between 21 and 254 days to form a habit but the benefits are lifelong. Exams are stressful by nature so the best thing to do is build your habits around managing your stress. The sooner you start the sooner you’ll be controlling your stress instead of it controlling you.

The most important thing to remember is that a problem shared is a problem halved. All our buddies have experienced/ are experiencing exam stress so they know exactly what you’re going through and are happy to talk. Call Kidsline on 0800 543 754. 

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