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Stress Management 101
Get Control of your Schedule!
Scheduling too much
•I end up ignoring my schedule
Scheduling too little
•Things keep coming up that I didn’t schedule
•You can’t tell ME what to do!!!
I. The Big Picture
•Vertical, week at a glance, style of schedule book*
•Include weekends for full effect
•Keep a regular monthly calendar in some prominent place with only attractive items on it, (breaks, concerts, other fun stuff)
•List all areas of life that are going to go into schedule
•Group the items on list by simple categories – 4 is enough
•Look for balance here – if you don’t build in the balance, it will assert itself through rebellion later.
•Are you quantity or quality driven?
Perfectionists may need to choose which one to judge themselves by.
•Seek balance across the week, between categories of activites.
Planning for the unexpected
•Expect change – Use pencil with a good eraser
II. The Fine Focus
•Gain a realistic understanding of what’s involved in each task
III. Planning for and re-directing rebellious impulses
•Getting back on the horse vs. Now I’ve gone and done it….
•If you are discouraged when you look at the day ahead of you, look at the week or month
To get personal help with these concepts contact Colby College Counseling Services #4460
*email jmunroe for a model page of this that you can photocopy.