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How can I get better assistance in pursing my career?

I often tend to get distracted, my memory fails me at random times and I forget deadlines and programs that I should be applying to. Got any tips? Any people or specific questions I should be asking. I am a clean slate. #lost #oops #medicine #deadlines #questions #helpmeplease #helpme #idontknowwhattodo #wheredoistart

Hello Argelia, I would say just try to focus specifically on what you are trying to do or reach. I also had trouble focusing on many different things. Sometimes I would forget very important information or events that I had to attend, but I started using the reminder application on my phone, and I would start writing my days out in a small organizer. I would try to maybe get in contact with someone in the field you are trying to pursue, or perhaps try to ask question to professors in colleges you would like to attend or if you are attending. Hope this helps. Rich D.

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Jasanpreet Kaur’s Answer

You can get better assistance in pursing your career through planning. I will tell you certain ways which I followed along with the reasons why these things are happening to you.

Let me start with the reasons:

  1. This is the result of overthinking all the time. Now to stop that start writing whenever you get time regarding whats going on in your life? how are things moving? how you want it to be like?. Writing your thoughts really helps to clear your mind and make you feel relax.

Now I will tell you some ways of dealing this:

  1. Try to focus and ignore things which are going around you. I know its hard in the starting even for me it was. But I used to follow a simple trick. That is, as soon as your mind get distracted just say to yourself "STOP IT!" if you still get distracted , say again and this time much louder to yourself "I SAID STOP IT!". When you follow this trick it makes your mind in an alert position, as a result, your thoughts will be in your control. Mind you, it's not a single day task, you learn this with continuous practice.
  2. Appreciate yourself as soon as you are able to deal with your distractions by saying, "Yes! I did it". You can practice in dealing with your distraction not only at the time of study but also when you are eating, walking, watching, reading or working. For Example, You are eating something. Control your mind that you just need to eat and feel the taste of every bite you have. Avoid talking while you eat, you can talk once you have finished your bite or after your meal.
  3. Every day you should create your TO-DO list well in advance. I normally create before going to bed. Jot down everything you want to do including your studies, break, fun activities, reading etc.
  4. The Last thing is, create your planner along with the time exactly when you want things to be done and add reminders in your mobile or laptop. There is nothing wrong to put reminders on your mobile/laptop, this is one of the most appreciable ways of working of successful people. Planner and reminders make us stay as per our schedule. Don't feel disappointed if you are not able to match it. Remember, even a single task accomplished as per the planner you should appreciate yourself by saying "Yes! I did it" because that is your achievement.

Good Luck!

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Jasanpreet Kaur recommends the following next steps:

Add reminders
Make your planner
Create To-Do List

Thank you so much! These are great tips, i appreciate it (: Argelia M.

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Mark’s Answer

Argelia, I would encourage you to research the career or careers where your interests are today. Along with this I would suggest writing out your goals and putting it on paper. I've found when I write my goals out, 9 times out of 10, I accomplish those goals. By writing down your career goals you can go back and look them, setting steps to take accomplish them. In todays world of technology, I use reminders on my cell phone and set alarms to remind myself of things the need to be accomplished. I would also encourage looking into mentor or finding a person who is in the career you want. Meet with this mentor on a regular basis to ask for guidance and ask key questions that relate to why you want to follow this career path. Lastly, I would say never be afraid of failure as you always learn and grow from every experience.

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Michael’s Answer

Hi Argelia,

This is somewhat of a common problem unfortunately, but there are ways to remediate that and stay focused. My best piece of advice would be to create a plan and write it down. Set yourself timeline goals, check it daily and complete the tasks you have set out for yourself. Usually people who get distracted are visual learners and having something tangible to see, read and manipulate can help keep you on task.

I would agree with the person before. If this becomes a chronic problem, I would speak with a medical professional about help focusing. Regarding your career, I would suggest speaking with your school guidance counselor or taking a career aptitude test to decide what professions may be right for you based on your strengths and passions.



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Gwendolyn’s Answer

Take a weekend to really think where you want to be in 5 or 10 years. Take the next steps from there.

If you have a serious problem focusing, share that with your primary care doctor. Fix it. Dont let that hold you back from your dreams.

Thank you!(: Argelia M.