There are those days when teachers decide to pile on the homework and it looks like it’ll never get it done, especially in subjects you don’t care for. Whether it’s boring busy work or something really hard, it can take a lot of effort to just get started. The reality is there is always something we have to do in life whether we want to or not. Right now it’s school work, but it could also be chores. Later on it might be something for work or budgeting to pay the bills. These are life’s obligations that just need to get done.
Change the way you think about homework
You can hate the work all you want, but avoiding it doesn’t mean it goes away, it’ll just pile up and get worse. The only solution is to just do the work. Brian Tracy wrote about time-management, Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time (You should read it!). This book is based on Mark Twain’s famous quote.
What do you mean by “frog”?
It means we have to find that one task that we really don’t want to do but must, and get it done first! Once we have that done, that should be the worst part of the day and everything else gets easier.
Once you get the ball rolling, you’ll gain momentum and get things done faster. Then you’ll have more time for the things you really want to do!
But what if it’s a really big frog!
Just like with our goals, we break things down. If it’s a project, break it down into bite sized chunks and do a little every day. Create a habit checklist or put it on your calendar and make a point to do something every day to keep yourself on track.
If it’s an assignment that seems really daunting (like math), take it one question at a time. Pick it apart and ask yourself, what do they want to know? If you don’t know what something means or what they are referring to, check your notes, ask a classmate or one of us… or google the terms online. Many sites like Khan Academy can reteach the lesson to help you understand it better.
The truth about homework
I know you always ask me, “Why do I have to learn this?” It’s not about the grades and the achievement, but about the ability to learn. It’s not about having all the answers but about knowing how to get those answers. If you can figure things out for yourself, you can solve any problem.
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Homework can help you practice things they talked about in class. Ideas don’t usually stick after just one lesson. Assignments can help you understand the lesson more deeply.
Through homework, you’re learning about time management, responsibility, organization and priorities. Most importantly, you are learning about yourself and how your mind works.