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How to Stay Motivated While Learning Remotely

By Kris Powers | May 19th 2021

Young student smiling while working at his laptop

COVID-19 changed many things, including the education system and process. While some students are back to in-person instruction in the classroom; many are still studying remotely -  and finding the motivation to succeed can be daunting at times. Here are some tips to help you stay on task and rise to the demands of online learning.



The words "what motivates you" written on a chalkboard

“Motivation is the incentive or reward behind why a person is compelled to act a certain way.”  Evan Tarver 

We often look at motivation through the lens of whether we have it or not. But have you ever considered what truly drives you? Or, more specifically, looked at the motivation behind motivation?

In this blog we will cover the two main types of motivation – Extrinsic and Intrinsic – which represent the external and internal rewards that fuel us. We also include tips and tricks to increase your motivation by helping you to identify and tap into what drives you. 

 

Extrinsic Motivation



Woman standing in front of a rainbow, good fortune

I watched a video on LinkedIn this morning about a young color-blind student named Jonathan. In a science class at Lakeview Schools his fellow color-blind principal, Scott Hanson, changed his life by sharing his color-blind glasses.

Jonathan had most likely heard about colors; perhaps even been able to notice nuances between the darker and lighter shades of things; but upon putting on those glasses for the first time, he was so awestruck by the color and beauty around him that he cried.


Now is the Perfect Time to Upskill or Reskill

By Kris Powers | April 20th 2021

Job applicant soaring above the others because of skill set

Events of the past year forced many of us to stick closer to home. Some may have used this time to improve themselves or their surroundings – learning a new skill or tackling household to-do lists.

However, not everyone took this past year to embark on home or self-improvement projects. For many, our focus was more on survival - planning for and simply getting through each day. The past year was more about asking, “how do we keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and healthy”? There was little energy or mind space left for outside interests or pursuits. Quite honestly, many of us are still trying to figure things out; with schools and offices slowly reopening, we are once again thrust into change. And that may very well take up all our energy. And that’s okay.


Career Training During COVID

By Kris Powers | February 24th 2021

Learning and training graphic

The Brookings Institution recently wrote, “Economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is unlikely to be fast nor easy…Agreeing that the short-run shock of the pandemic has turned into a full-blown recession, economists and other analysts have turned their attention to a big question: will jobs actually come back?”

Since the onset of COVID-19, we have seen many businesses close, while others have worked to pivot from in-person to virtual or remote services whenever possible. Minimizing face-to-face interactions has been a leading force behind many a business innovation in the past year. As a large number of employees are now working remotely, businesses have strategized how to move their operations remotely too.


8 Tips for Successful Remote Learning and Work

By Kris Powers | November 12th 2020

Mother and daughter studying together at table

Whether you are working from home, helping children manage their remote learning experiences, taking courses for personal or professional development during this time of economic unrest – or all of the above - there are steps you can take to make your days more efficient.

The principles for setting up for successful learning at home are not all that different than those needed to work remotely. The basic needs for structure and discipline are the same. By following a few of the steps below, you will communicate to your child, yourself, and your household that education and work are a priority.

 


Rejoining the Workforce

By Kris Powers | November 4th 2020

Young male on job search website

I’m an optimist; already looking ahead to a time when COVID will be a thing of the past – a horrible time in our history that will be talked about by future generations.

When we come out on the other side of this, and we will, there are going to be many men and women looking for employment. Perhaps you were laid off as a result of COVID, maybe you took a sabbatical to home school your children, or to care for an elderly parent. Whatever the reason, if you are planning on reentering the workforce again, there are steps you can take to make yourself more attractive to companies and more employable overall.


The Meandering Career

By Kris Powers | September 16th 2020

A winding walkway

I recently had the pleasure of talking to a few college-age students about career paths and options. There is an expectation that a career field will be chosen, the appropriate degree obtained and then a lifelong career will ensue. For fields such as medicine or law, this may be true. But for students exploring careers in business, the arts, and more, that career path may not be so straight. And not every career requires a college degree. Certifications can be the gateway to some fantastic opportunities as well!

Sadly, gone are the days of the “forever job”. I remember watching programs set in the 50’s where men went off to work every day to the same company for their entire working career. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) this is a thing of the past. I’ve tried to explain to my own children that nowadays, the average person will have 12 jobs between the ages of 18 and 52.


Are you having trouble focusing? Me too!

By Kris Powers | August 25th 2020

Woman with head in the clouds

I used to excel at multi-tasking, and now I cannot even SINGLE task. What is happening to me?

While I don't usually turn to the internet for diagnosing what ails me (sorry, WebMD), a quick search on the internet reassured me I am not alone. Turns out, experts say that the extra anxiety caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has impaired our working memory and ability to focus.

“All over the world, people are trying to overcome one of the few universal problems this pandemic has brought on: that it feels near-impossible to stay focused on anything. Whether it’s work or study, or even pleasurable things like reading, gaming or chatting, everything suddenly feels like a battle against your attention span to concentrate on what was once simply routine” writes author Sarah Manavis.



Medical assistant with a patient

Medical assistants perform clinical and clerical tasks in healthcare facilities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the following as common tasks of a medical assistant:

  • Record patient history and personal information
  • Measure vital signs, such as blood pressure, pulse and temperature
  • Help physicians with patient examinations
  • Give patients injections or medications as directed by physicians and as permitted by state law
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
  • Enter patient information into medical records

Medical assistants are employed within various healthcare facilities. The majority of medical assistants are working within physician offices, but they are also employed in hospitals, correctional facilities and schools.