Whether you’re taking a strenuous in-person EMT class, or working hard on your online classes (like Incident Qualification), following these five tips may help you be more successful day in and day out.
Just show up.
Showing up every day (even when you don’t feel like it) creates and builds on discipline. The number one reason why most people fail at something is because they refuse to show up consistently.
Put in the work.
Have you ever heard the phrase “if you have to eat a frog, do it first thing in the morning”? As odd as it sounds, the idea of doing the most difficult or challenging thing on your to-do list FIRST helps to ensure that you’ll get it done. If you wish to achieve something, you cannot procrastinate and you HAVE to be willing to do the work.
Have a positive attitude.
Challenging yourself to think positively and use positive language will help you build perseverance and grow from difficult obstacles. Keeping a positive attitude helps when working in group settings and making connections with your peers and mentors.
Focus on one thing at a time.
By picking one thing to complete at a time, you may find you are able to complete tasks more efficiently and effectively than if you tried to bounce from task to task. Making a to-do list may be helpful!
Use a planner or calendar.
The simple act of writing down assignment due dates or important class events can help prepare you ahead of time and may help them stick better in your brain. Making a to-do list for the day or week in your planner can be a life saver. When you have a packed schedule and everything feels chaotic and out of control, the ability to look at your planned out schedule may help calm your nerves and help you feel more organized.
*based loosely off of “10 Mistakes that Rich and Successful People Never Make”*