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It's so easy to get distracted and lose sight of your goals in the day-to-day craziness of life. Use a simple visualization exercise to get yourself in the frame of mind for online study. Sit at your desk and close you eyes. Breathe deeply and easily. Now picture yourself in a cap and gown with a diploma in your hand. Or imagine yourself in your ideal job. If those goals are too far away for you, imagine how relieved and proud you will feel when that big research paper is done. Add details to your visualization. What color is the tassle on your cap? What does the stamp look like on the envelope with your paper in it? Concentrate on your visualization for a few minutes until you're feeling calm and ready to begin working.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|