During the summer, it’s easy to give in to our temptations. I would much rather sit down and eat a bag of chips or binge-watch the latest hit show on Netflix. As a student, I know that the school year shows no mercy, and I need to take advantage of these fleeting moments of relaxation. However, whenever I’m feeling particularly lazy, I think of a book I read going into my freshman year of high school. It was called, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” and one particular habit has stuck with me throughout my high school career: proactive thinking.
The word “proactive” is defined as doing something before it needs to be done. At first glance, being proactive seems like an unattainable goal. In reality, it’s a state that everyone can achieve once they realize what it truly entails. Proactive thinking is not a skill that is acquired. Alternatively, it’s a skill set that one refines over time through discipline and organization. Personally, instead of trying to change the way I do things, I try to change my perception of a current task and connect it to a future event. I think, “how will getting this done now affect me in the future,” and tackle everything I need to do in bite-sized pieces before I need to.
Every minute at school is as catastrophic as an unforeseen natural disaster, and by being proactive, I can lessen the effects of unexpected situations. From a teacher announcing an exam the day before the test date to losing my entire essay the day before it’s due, I’m ready for anything that’s thrown at me!
We challenge you to use the next few weeks before school begins again to self reflect on your habits and develop your proactive thinking skillset. Soon enough, you’ll be a productivity master, and you’ll make this upcoming academic year your best one yet!
Go make it happen,
Stefano & the YTeach Team
“I believe that everyone chooses how to approach life. If you’re proactive, you focus on preparing. If you’re reactive, you end up focusing on repairing.”
― John C. Maxwell