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It's easy to get distracted with the abundance of free time provided when learning and working from home.

With warm weather underway, students and teachers may find themselves focusing less on their obligations and more on entertainment.

Still, spring fever should not be an excuse to stray from distance learning responsibilities.

88% of workers spend at least 1-hour of their day procrastinating on a task. However, it is possible to re-emerge after a setback. Here's how in six simple steps:

1. Acknowledge What Went Wrong

As the saying goes, admitting is the first step. In other words, when you feel yourself stuck in a state of procrastination, take control by recognizing the reality of the situation you're in.

To do so, analyze how you fell into your state of procrastination. Furthermore, plan out how you can be proactive in moving forward.

2. Reset Your Outlet

There's a positive in every negative. Take advantage of your procrastination by looking at your setback as a lesson and use it as motivation to push forward. Whether it's an essay you're waiting to begin or a stack of exams you're holding off on grading; if done correctly, your stress can be taken as a positive force. 

3. Take Baby Steps

Understand that your stalling habits can't be remedied overnight. Take Alan Weiss' "One Percent Solution" into account. Weiss says if you improve yourself, or craft, by 1% each day, in 70 days you'll be 2x as good as you are now.

Saying this, taking small, incremental improvements over time will result in bigger accomplishments.

4. The Importance of Creating Goals

We often leave it up to the beginning of a new year to set goals for ourselves; however, we don't always live up to our own expectations. Creating goals is important in pinpointing our future, bringing us to hold ourselves responsible for our doings.

A goal can't become a plan without an idea of a vision. Saying this, start with a dream about your objects for your ideal timeframe and beyond when setting a goal. To be sure that your goal is motivating, consider writing down why it's valuable and important to you. For example:

  • Complete essay 1-day early to allow room for revision for a better grade.
  • Grade exams the night of administration to give students feedback while the content is still fresh in their brains.

However, be sure to to avoid overwhelming yourself when making to-do and goal lists.

5. Let Tech Organize Your Thoughts

By using apps and platforms such as Procraster, JotForm, and Trello, you can leave it up to tech to manage your memory.

Procraster gives advice on how to overcome procrastination on your specific mindset, great for remedying your obligations to time-wasting.

JotForm is an online form builder, great for teachers who need to distribute surveys, track information, and generate spreadsheets.

Trello helps users track projects and tasks with easy-to-use lists, great for mapping out university choices, projects, and assignments. 

6. Keep Moving Forward

Distance learning is a tough nut to crack, especially given our sudden shift into its dynamic. Continue making lists, taking measurable action, and starting with just one step at a time to keep track of your educational obligations. Check out the infographic below for more tips on how to manage your momentum, applicable in quarantine and beyond.

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Sarfraz Ahmed commented on Preparing learners for the jobs of the future post pandemic 7 hours 11 minutes ago

Cindy what an engaging article appropriate for our modern times. Definitely will share with others.

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Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.

Podcasts

We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.

Events

FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

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