I would normally save any links for a regular EduLinks post. For one link today, however, I’m going to make an exception for the following three reasons:
- It’s a fantastic post;
- It opens up a lot of questions;
- Cal at Study Hacks recently recommended one of my posts in the same way, for which I’m grateful.
The post’s title explains all:
Sometimes we don’t want to do the most simple of things. As Cal puts it:
“…taking a notebook out of my backpack when I sit down — should present no difficulty. What task could be more simple? All I have to do is move my arm, literally, just a few feet, from my bag to my desk. No thinking is required. No more than 3 – 5 seconds transpire. No sweat.
“Many times, however, I can’t stand the thought of it.”
There are many little actions that should be simple, but end up creating a block on our mind. We might have experienced a problem the last time we performed a certain action. Or maybe we’re worried that the minor task will trigger off more stressful and time-consuming events. If a certain task triggers off some sort of response a few times – even out of chance – we might not even realise any detrimental effect it has on future decisions.
The article asks many questions and also queries our motivation levels. We should all try to look a bit further into what all this could mean for productivity and how we can manage a successful student life.