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The power of reflecting and setting goals

Self-reflection

Self-reflection is talked about but isn’t taught as a basic skill. However, it should be. Reflecting on your own emotions through any life situation can open your eyes to new perspectives. 

In this post, we’ll talk specifically about reflecting on your goals versus your actual performance.

QUESTION:

What do you think reflection is about?

Why do you think reflecting on yourself and others is beneficial for mental wellness?

Self-reflection can help you develop healthy coping mechanisms for unsettling emotions. As a result, you’ll improve your ability to maintain and strengthen your mental health. Self-reflection is significant for your academic performance against rising rates of anxiety and depression.

Check out the following article for more information on rates of anxiety and depression, and impacts on academic success.

Self-reflection is a complex way of learning about yourself. To learn, you must be able to highlight where improvement is needed.

Procrastination is a simple example. Sometimes the hardest part of assignments, studying and homework is starting it! Have you ever waited for the last minute to study for a test and did not do well?

Self-reflection comes into play at this point. Realizing that you should have given yourself more time to study is the first step in this situation.

Second, think about what you could have done instead. Could you have sacrificed that nap to study for an hour instead? Could you have told your friends you had to study instead of hanging out? Recognizing where you could have made a better choice is part of reflecting and learning.

The next step is setting goals. When you have another assignment/test, become aware of when you BEGIN procrastinating (or making excuses to not study). For example, are you REALLY exhausted, or do you just not want to study? We all need rest, but know yourself enough to highlight where you should draw a line for excuses. 

How can Motify help?

A basic step of self-reflection is asking, “how do I feel about this?”. If you under-performed on an assignment or test, reflecting on your feelings and admitting that you could do better is important. 

Motify can help you with this.

This is how Motify displays student GPA’s to themselves. Suggestions are shown below to remind students that there are ways to improve and/or maintain their academic standing. 

Seeing your performance on deliverables and courses can be motivating as you can see how close you are to your goals.

For example, seeing that you’re only 2.9% below your GPA goal is more motivating than not knowing your academic standing, or having to calculate it yourself.

Additionally, feeling badly about your performance and admitting your feelings on that can open paths on how to do better. It also fosters self-encouragement given the fact that you KNOW and can admit that you did not perform at your full potential.

Have you ever thought to wash dishes or vacuum, and then someone tells you to do that same task right before you were going to do it? Sometimes, being told what to do takes out the motivation to do it. This is what Motify tries to eliminate.

Motify gives YOU the option to make suggestions for yourself in order to perform better. This puts your success in your own hands, rather than feeling like someone is “telling” you to study, go to a tutor or begin an assignment. The initiative is yours to take and success is yours plan out.

Interested in learning more?

Motify is currently looking for students, institutions, employers and mentors to register for the demo version of the application. The team wants to provide students with the best functional student success tool in the market, so your feedback is NEEDED!

If you’re interested in learning more about the app and how it can benefit these groups of individuals, please follow these links according to your role:

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