How can college students keep themselves focused and organized, so they’re in the best position to get the highest grades possible—preferably while studying less than most other people? My recommendation to students is, use the Full Focus Planner.
The Full Focus Planner is a paper planner.
“Paper?” you’re thinking. “Come on, that is so low tech! What next—are you gonna tell us to chisel our appointments and task lists into stone tablets?”
Ha ha ha ha ha.
Don’t laugh at paper planners!
Top productivity gurus like Michael Hyatt are telling us—paper planners are the best. Especially the ones with lots of room to write.
Paper planners are quiet—without beeping distractions and pop-up notifications.
And, because all your notes and thoughts are right there in front of you—in your own handwriting—you don’t have the “out-of-sight-out-of-mind” problems that plague people who try to do their daily planning on electronic calendars.
You can see a short helpful video about the Full Focus Planner here.
Yes, I know Michael Hyatt has gray hair—but don’t let that throw you!
I’ve followed Michael Hyatt for years. He really knows what he’s talking about when it comes to high achievement and cut-to-the-chase, lean productivity.
(You can see me thanking Michael personally in the acknowledgements section on the very last page of my book.)
Once you’ve seen this video, order your Full Focus Planner for $10 off using my special link:
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1. Let your teen struggle with hard things.
It sounds counterintuitive—but instead of swooping in like a helicopter to save the day when life gets tough for your middle schooler, high schooler, or college student, you could say something like, “Wow. That’s rough. What are you going to do now?”
Or, “Oh, no. That’s so incredibly frustrating. I wonder what resources you could tap into to help with that?”
Then stand back for as long as it takes to see the creative solutions your child comes up with.
2. Resist the urge to make a smooth, straight road for your kids.
Instead—joy and revel in the reality that every bump and pothole they navigate on their own reduces teen anxiety by building confidence that they can handle adversity on their own.
It’s fascinating to me that one of the most effective medical treatments for anxiety is cognitive‐behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT involves—among other things—increased exposure to feared objects, activities, and situations.
You can accomplish this at home.
Give your teen the space to confront and conquer what she’s nervous about, and you’ll take a giant step toward softening and reducing teen anxiety, without making even one doctor appointment.
3. Let go of the leash of constant texting.
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15-year-old Luke had been in a dark, angry mood all day long, starting from the moment his mother wished him a cheerful, “Good morning!” and set hot scrambled eggs and a fresh hot caramel roll in front of him at the breakfast table.
Luke ate in broody silence, and his mother felt momentarily thankful for the quiet. If Luke could just get off to school without a screaming mood swing and slamming doors, today would be a good day.
Luke’s mom looked at him chewing the buttery, drippy carmel roll. His eyes were flat, his face devoid of appreciation or joy. She felt anxiety rise in her own chest, but then rationalized it away. “It’s probably just hormones,” she told herself, “and there’s nothing I can do about that.”
Actually, it’s probably not “just hormones.” It’s more likely “launch anxiety,” which is something you can help with more than you realize.
Rather than hormones, your teen’s dark moods, depression symptoms, mood swings, blunted, flat emotional responses, and hair-trigger anger are far more likely to be linked to a psychological condition called “launch anxiety.” The good news? Keep reading. There’s a lot parents can do to alleviate “launch anxiety” and help teens to feel better.
What is “launch anxiety”?
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