How to Work Smarter

Those of us at the Support For Students Growth Center in Boca Raton, FL, are constantly helping students and others develop their skills to be a success in life. If you strive to be a business owner, an executive moving up the corporate ladder, or if you are a student trying to balance school, a social life, and perhaps a part-time job, there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done. The reality is that you find yourself with seemingly unending tasks you have to plan for and complete on a daily basis. Without effective tools to establish and prioritize worthwhile goals, to navigate proper time management and interacting with groups of peers you can easily end up bogged down, distracted, inefficient, unproductive, alone, and ultimately unproductive. This can seriously affect your chances of being happy, successful and slow the pace at which you make progress. Here are tips you should use to effectively manage your time, set worthwhile goals and complete tasks, and be a functional part of dynamic and productive group of others looking to be high achievers.

Work with far shorter deadlines than you are used to and stick to them

One thing that fuels procrastination is the illusion that you have more time to work on activities. To avoid this, create shorter deadlines to create a sense of urgency on the various tasks you need to complete. You should not struggle with perfection, as when you get the tasks done you will have adequate time to brush through the work. Shorter deadlines also allow you to fit more tasks in your daily schedule.

Establish your priorities

In order to have time in your day to do the things you need to do and those tasks you really want to do, become expert in establishing your priorities. Quite often very well meaning people get distracted by the unimportant things. To prioritize like a pro: make a list of all your tasks, identify the most valued tasks, make a list of tasks from the most urgent to the least urgent, establish how much time should be used for each task, adapt to the unexpected, and know when to let something go that proves to not be as important as you once thought it might be.

Learn not to procrastinate

Most of us would prefer to eat our desert before our vegetables. Life experience has shown us that nothing will help us complete a task faster than by taking action. Overcome procrastination by doing the most difficult tasks first, chunk large projects into smaller, meaningful pieces, and just keep doing the next part. Delegate all tasks that do not require your direct personal input and those outside your area of expertise. Learn how to effectively delegate to free up your time for more demanding tasks.

Become a “Group Master”

Being an excellent listener is arguable the most valued trait of being a strong group leader. Those of us who are productive in groups are careful to pay attention to what others are saying so that we can be responsive to the group dynamics. Strong group members and leaders leave themselves open to constructive criticism and use this feedback as opportunities to better themselves.

Save unimportant but time-sucking activities for the end of the day

All activities that need to be done but take most of your time should be set towards the end of the day. This allows you to focus more on the valuable and more productive tasks during the peak business hours. You can deal with social media and mails as well as return personal calls at the business end.

Develop your executive functioning and soft skills

Being able to plan, organize, and complete tasks are essential executive functioning skills necessary to be productive in all aspects of your live. If you are deficit in any of your executive functioning skills, you know how challenging life can be. Reading articles about executive functioning, taking classes, and seeking professional assistance are some ways to enhance one’s executive functioning skills.

Having the “hard skills” is of little value without the “soft skills”

We go to school to learn the “hard skills”, how to do the math, how to read and write, how to do scientific activities. You need to be able to do the skills required to be a valued employee. If you want to be an accountant, you need to be able to do the math. However, many of you lack in the soft skills, the ability to deal with conflict in the workplace, how to manage your time, solve problems, knowing how to prioritize, and so on. Studies conclude that soft sills are just as valuable or more so than hard skills in predicting future success.

For the “tools” to be successful at enhancing your Executive Functioning and Soft Skills, check out our three online-course bundle at the now on special for only $49.

Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D. Certified

Developmental and Behavioral Specialist

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When you or your child are finally ready to get some work done, you may find it impossible to focus on what you need to do. “Let me spend a few minutes on Facebook or listen to my favorite song on YouTube then get some psyche to do the work,” you tell yourself. Before you know it, 2 hours are gone and you haven’t even started doing the work. It happens to the best of us.

Good thing is, it doesn’t have to always be this way. There’s a lot that you can do to maintain focus, avoid distractions and finish what you had set out to do. Here’s how you can avoid distractions and get more done with little time.

Focus on the end goal

Knowing why you need to stay focused and achieve the work you set out to do every day is important. It gives you the strength to push through even when distracted. Do you want to learn a new computer program? Do you want to get the job done and make extra income? Are you contemplating quitting your job in order to work from home? Think about your vision/goals and it will help you to remain focused.

Breakdown tasks in order of importance

When you have more than ten tasks that you need to do in a day, there are definitely a few that are not as important as others. Only handle a few important tasks instead of taking on too much and giving up along the way. You’d rather accomplish less work than none at all because you set too high expectations.

Do tasks early

Don’t wait too long to start working on something. Do it as early in the day as you can. This will help to avoid the distractions that usually come in the middle of the day. It’s going to be harder to accomplish your goals when you don’t do the tasks as early as possible.

Maintain momentum

Sometimes taking breaks when working on something makes you lose momentum and you waste a lot of time before you get back on track. Work on smaller tasks that you can handle and finish before taking a break. This way, you will leave no room for distractions.

Focus on what you can do and skip what you don’t know

This usually helps you to finish up the work as fast as possible. You may realize that you spend so much time trying to figure out the difficult parts such that you end up losing focus entirely. Choose to work on the difficult area later and focus your attention on the areas that you can handle.

Stay away from distractions

Escape or get rid of external things that often distract you. If you’ll distracted by the TV, work in a different room. If there are kids or coworkers who often distract you, wake up early and do the work before everyone else comes. If you are often distracted by the internet, turn off the connection. This is possibly the simplest form of advice for getting your work done in less time. But many people overlook it.

Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D. Certified

Developmental and Behavioral Specialist

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Preparing Children With Autism, ADHD, & Other “Special Abilities” To Transition Into Middle School
August 8, 2017 8:30 AM Sponsored By Children’s Services Council of Broward County

Written by Eric Nach, Ph.D., Development and Behavioral Specialist and President of the Support for Students Growth Center.

Making the transition from elementary to middle school is a huge milestone for all children and their parents. For children with Autism, ADHD, and other “special abilities”, this dramatic change of life is even more traumatic than for their NT (neuro-typical) peers. As life is full of many unforeseen challenges, the unpredictability of daily interaction is exceptionally difficult for these children and equally challenging for their families. We can plan and prepare for the change to middle school, however, experience shows that nothing is guaranteed when it comes to realities of life.

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Setting goals is very easy but staying focused and achieving them is the hard part. We all struggle with procrastination and distractions that draw us further apart from our goals. But it is indeed possible to set goals and achieve them. Let’s look at a few tips to help you be on the right path to achieving all the goals you set:

Make SMART goals

You need to set goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive.

Specific goals: Don’t be vague when it comes to goal setting. You need to be certain about your goals in order to know how you are going to achieve them. If you set ambiguous goals, be ready to produce ambiguous results.

Attainable goals: One mistake most people make is that they set goals which they can’t achieve. Don’t set unreasonable expectations otherwise you may end up giving up.

Realistic goals: Set goals that are realistic you are able to make a reality. Think about what it will take for you to do it and if those things don’t happen then it cannot be achieved.

Time-sensitive goals: When setting goals, have a time end because it will help you to work harder knowing that there is a deadline that you have to meet. If it’s a big goal, break it down into smaller parts. Just remember every goal you set needs to have a timeline.

Let someone hold you accountable

Share with someone what your goals are and they will help you to be accountable. Accountability is what helps you to keep on moving forward even when you feel like giving up. You’ll know someone is watching you and possibly encouraging you to stay focused.

Write them down

When you have the goals written down it’s a good reminder for you every day. Have each one of these goals written on a piece of paper and stick it on your bathroom mirror so that you are reminded every morning. It can help you not to lose sight of them.

Have an action plan

It’s important for you to really understand how you intend to achieve those goals. Is there a specific method that you need to employ in order to achieve them? Write it down and take a deep look. Have you stretched yourself too thin? Don’t just set goals for the sake of it or make action plans that are not realistic. Make sure you have the strength, willingness and capability to stay on course.

Get your priorities right

When setting goals, think about the things that are most important to you; those goals need to be in line with each one of these priorities. For instance, if you want to set long term goals, think of what you need to improve on and what doesn’t have to change.

Track your progress

Decide when you are going to track your progress. It can be once every week or monthly but it’s a good idea if you want to remain focused on achieving those goals. In fact, you can track your progress on a daily basis.

Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D. Certified

Developmental and Behavioral Specialist

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5 Reasons To Meet People In Person

Today, millions of people across the world communicate with each other electronically. This could be through emails, phones, and chats (texts or voice). And all this is well and good. However, one form of communication still trounces all these sophisticated means of communication. And that is face-to-face communication. Below, discover why sometimes it’s better to meet people in person rather than talk electronically or via letters.

1. Personal meets convey more respect and regard
When you agree to meet someone in person, or vice versa, it conveys a great deal of respect and regard for them. It shows that you are willing to pause your busy schedule and go meet them in person. This also places weight on the message being delivered. It signifies that what is to be discussed is quite important, delicate even. This is why most high-level communications, say between government officials or presidents, are carried out in person.

2. Personal contact builds closer bonds
Meeting in person also has the advantage of building closer bonds between people. When you meet someone in person, you get to learn a lot about them. For example, you could notice the bags under their eyes and learn that they haven’t been sleeping well. You could also notice the bump on their belly and learn that they are pregnant. In person meets can also teach you how they like to dress, how they take their coffee, etc. These are things that one cannot learn via the phone or emails.

3. Personal meets are faster
One might think that telephone or email communication is quick. This is true in regards to dispatching messages. However, when it comes to having an entire conversation, personal meets are the fastest. Emails could go on for weeks and phone conversations can be avoided for days. However, in person meetings put both parties in the same space and enable conversations to be started and ended within a very short timeframe.

4. Personal meets allow better delivery and clarity of information
Too many times information is misconceived or delivered incorrectly due to poor diction on emails, foreign accents over the phone or typos on text messages. However, in person, this rarely happens. When you meet someone in person, you are able to clearly deliver the message to them with the right tone and emotion. For example, one is able to convey a somber apology in person rather than through electronic means. In person, you also have more room to seek immediate clarification on matters including via non-verbal means, e.g. photos, diagrams, etc.

5. Personal meets enable you to monitor body language
And lastly, meeting someone in person allows you to utilize body language and decipher communication better. Through body language, you can tell if someone is lying to you, if there are hesitant to tell you something, if they are angry, etc. You can also utilize body language to better convey your message. For example, if you want to convey a stern warning to an employee, you can use body language during an in-person meeting to do so more effectively.

Dr. Eric Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D. Certified
Developmental and Behavioral Specialist
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Some reports claim that up to 49% of children in grades 4-12 reported being bullied by peers in school during a months time (, 8/2017).  There are no stats available on the bullying rate for children with “special needs”, although, I believe it fair to say that prevalence would be even greater for this group of kids.

For those of us who have been bullied ourselves, as children and teens, we know how the torturous memories never really go away. As parents, we are the “protectors” of our children. We want to keep them safe, happy, and healthy, however, we can’t be with them all the time.

Being a professional clinician, I have found it more realistic to help “our children” avoid becoming victims of bullying than to help them get over the long term damage experienced from the trauma of bullying.

Have you ever tried to teach children to not bully others once they already started, I have and so have many others, sadly the results are not often very inspiring. So what can parents do? . Here are several strategies to keep kids from becoming targets — and stop bullying that has already started:

Talk about experiences you may have had or others close to you may have had, focus on the solutions? Teach your children to know what bullying really looks like from a young age.

Identify and minimize the negative attention. If your child is not fashion conscious, enjoys activities usually enjoyed by much younger children, has a physical, emotional, perceptual, or behavioral disability, address it. Don’t wait for them to “grow out of it”.

Work with school personnel to help your child “buddy-up”. If they do not have friends, works a plan to not have the child by themselves where bullies can target them including on the bus, in the bathroom, or walking the halls. 

Do not react. Teach your child to keep calm and carry on. Bullies continue their pursuit when kids react, ” don’t let them see you sweat”. 

Involve your child in physical activities, whether it be sports, martial arts, or bike riding, help them be confident in themselves “NO MATTER WHAT”.

“Bullyproof” your children by teaching them how to repel bullies by having strong “social skills”. Join therapeutic social skill groups created and facilitated by trained, educated, graduate and doctoral level counselors. Contact Dr. Nach at the Support for Students Growth Center in Boca Raton, FL, today (561) 990- 7305