7 Habits Exercises – Student Journal
Goal for the semester is not to get overwhelmed by trying to reach all your goals at once but to practice the 7 Habits by taking small, easy, and manageable steps that help you use the 7 Habits and integrate them into your life. Each week we will practice and reflect on “baby steps” that will guide us to using the 7 Habits. This week’s reflection:
This week’s reflections is taking “baby steps” will help me achieve my goals in time. If I could change something about my last semester’s academics it would be:
If I could change something about my last semester’s academics it would be all the procrastination I did. The one change in myself I will make this week to enable that change is:
The one change in myself I will make this week to enable that change is to lower my computer/phone usage. The 3 baby steps I will take to support that change are:
1. Read my textbooks, instead of my Twitter/Facebook timeline. 2. Research upcoming projects in the library.
3. Research potential colleges/universities.
Ask students if they have been in relationships where friends or family members fail to keep their commitments. They say you’ll hang out and then they don’t call or they promise to take you places or buy you things but then that never happens. After a while you no longer trust them. Same thing happens when you make and break commitment to yourself. “When I get to RCHS I’m going to make all A’s.”
“I’m going to complete my homework the same day it assigned.” “I really need to help out more around the house.”
You are the most important person in your life. You are also the ONLY one you have control over. Keeping big promises to yourself is easier if you make smaller ones that lead to the bigger goal. Reflect on the following:
Promises don’t have to be hard to keep. I believe it depends on how much a person values what they’re
promising. The promise I keep making to myself that I cannot keep is:
The promise I keep making to myself that I cannot keep is that I will stop watching movies/shows on Netflix
during available study times. The reason cannot keep it is:
The reason I cannot keep this promise is because I get caught up in a movie or show and tell myself that I will
have time to finish my work later on during the day, but in reality I end up staying up late finishing everything. 3 little promises I can make to myself this week that will help me keep the big promise are: 1. Finish homework ahead of time.
2. Study while I can because if I wait I may not have time.
3. Instead of Netflix, research potential universities or majors/careers. I want to keep the big promise/ or my life would be better if I kept this promise because:
My life would be better if I kept this promise because it will help bring my grades, GPA, and rank up. Which will
lead to more opportunities for scholarships. The reward I will give myself for keeping the big promise is:
The reward I will give myself for keeping the big promise is a less expensive tuition to whatever university I want
to go to, which means more money in my pocket.
Let’s get proactive, practicing the first habit.
Proactive people make choices based on values, they think before they act and even though they know they cannot control a lot of variables, (whose Physics class they are in, the grades they earned last semester for example) they can control their response to what happens to them. Proactive language choices:
“I’m sorry; I did not mean to hurt you.”
“I’ll take care of that.”
I can finish that assignment.”
“It might be hard but I can do it.”
Reactive language choices
“It’s your fault”
“You made me.”
“I’m just not very smart; that’s just the way I am.” “It’s not fair; I always get the hard teachers.”
Proactive or Reactive….the choice is yours.
Help yourself identify situations where you choose to be proactive or reactive. 1. I tend to be reactive: (When and where?)...
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