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Being engaged in your own learning and having high but realistic goals will build your resilience. 

Thinking about making college life better and doing what you need to get the best possible experience while at college is a Smart Move. 

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“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is NOW.“  Chinese proverb

Learning how to prioritize and do the most important things first is an important skill.

Learn the Big Rocks theory from Steven Covey and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

  • “Big rocks” are the most important things you want to do and should be connected to your longer term goals.

  • Pebbles are things you normally have to do day2day. 

  • Sand is the stuff you do without thinking that are time wasters. 

  • If you don’t put the big rocks in first, they hardly ever get in at all.

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What happens when you procrastinate or avoid doing what is important to you?

What type of things do

you spend most of your

time on ?

What is the difference between something urgent and important?

Use our worksheet below to practice prioritising 

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Draw a table like the one below and write in things you do in each box. 

Work out which box you spend most of your time in 


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Make 3 lists:

1. Your Big Rocks

(truly important things

– responsibilities, family,

health, college,

relationships and life goals)

2. Your pebbles (stuff you normally do) 

3. Your sand (stuff you waste time on that isn't linked to what is important to you).


Get the right things done 

Now take out your phone and schedule some time in your diary over the next month when you are going to spend time on your Big Rocks. Set an alert and some repeats.

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