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Breaking bad habits is difficult.
If you have a bad habit like daydreaming while you’re supposed to be paying attention to the teacher, you probably already know the damage that can deal to your grade.
You probably don’t need any convincing of that fact.
Despite you knowing it’s probably not that good for your grade, you still do it.
Maybe you don’t fully appreciate the long term damage it deals.
Every minute you spend zoning out while your teacher is talking is a minute more you’re going to have to study outside of class. (You’re stuck in class anyway, you might as well make the most of it.)
When you’re zoning out the teacher will notice if the class isn’t too big. That leads to you losing even more points because the teacher likes giving points to student that pay attention (particularly to them because they think they’re awesome.)
Even knowing those facts… I’m willing to bet you’d still zone out in class.
It’s a habit. Habits are really hard to break.
There is an alternative to breaking your habits.
You can save yourself from the consequences of bad habits by changing those habits. Instead of trying to stop doing something, try to turn what you do into something that isn’t as bad (or is actually good for you.)
This is a strategy that’s well known by smokers trying to quit who end up getting addicted to gum.
Keep daydreaming in class but try to change what you daydream about.
Instead of thinking about what you’re going to eat when you get home, think about everything mildly interesting that your teacher says. Imagine people your teacher is talking about. Think through concepts your teacher is trying to get through to you.
At times, you will be busy daydreaming as your teacher is talking but since your mind is on related material, you’re still getting something out of being there.
If that’s not working for you, try daydreaming directly around the teacher. Imagine your teacher is a kangaroo giving the lesson. Come on… you’d listen if a kangaroo was talking right?
Breaking habits is hard to do. It’s usually a whole lot easier just to tweak a small factor and keep doing what you’re doing.
Maybe She Won’t Notice
D’s eyes were watering at the score on the screen.
He was thinking, “Is this what I am now?”
The score was low. Lower than he liked to think about – and way lower than he used to get.
He was just hoping that his mother wouldn’t ask. He always hated telling her and it killed him worse to lie about it. It’s his mother… she wants what’s best for him and he knew he was screwing it up.
Staring at the score it hit him…
This has to change. On the next test, coming up in 3 weeks, he was going to make up for it. He was going to score high.
So… he studied. He studied for hours that night. He studied until his eyes were closing involuntarily.
The next day… he studied for hours.
And the day after that… he did it again.
But the day after that – his best friend was going through a bit of a crisis. So… he took the day off studying. I mean, no one needs to study hundreds of hours for a test, and he was doing well so far.
But the next day… he was exhausted. And, you know, exhausted studying doesn’t work. So he missed that day to.
The day after, he squeezed in some studying.
And… I think you know how this story goes…
The night before the test, he’s staring down at his study guide and cursing to himself.
It happened… again…
That night he buckled down and studied almost all night. (Until he virtually crashed at 3 am.) Every time he started dozing off earlier he’d get a snack or drink and keep on plugging. He worked. And he worked hard.
He even had moments where it felt like he was running better than ever. He felt like he was going to pull it off.
The test was the next afternoon.
And I’d like to say he knocked it out of the park and D saved himself with his last ditch effort to save his grade but…
I can’t say that.
Sure… D didn’t bomb completely.
But when he was staring down at his score… he was tearing up again. And he still was hoping that his mother wouldn’t ask him about it…
It’s not a number on a piece of paper.
I know… it can help reduce your stress to think that way, and there is a place for that.
But your future, your position in the world, is partially decided by these numbers on these papers. We all know it.
We all want to put ourselves in the best position possible – and these scores can do that for us.
And D knew it.
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