Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Paper & Other Elementary School Lessons You Should Apply To Adulthood

July 29, 2013  |  


How many times when you were in elementary school did you think:  “When will I ever use this information when I get older?”  That was a thought I had whenever I went into gym class, or any other class that I thought was bunk.  Regardless of whether the knowledge of how to solve fractions or the ability to decipher an adverb from an adjective is helping you out in your daily life, there are many informal lessons that were also inadvertently taught to you that can still apply today.  Universal things that teachers would say in between teaching their lessons.  Let’s examine some of these key phrases:

Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper – I wish I was clever enough to have thought of this on my own, but I got this gem off of Instagram.  However, truth is truth, and this universal colloquialism that was heard across classrooms in the US can still be applicable to adults now.

If you’re obsessed and worrying about how someone else is getting their money and why they are relevant, then you’re clearly not paying attention to your own pockets.  If there’s that one reality star (or multiple ones) that seem to be “winning,” despite what you perceive to be a lack of viable talent, begin to focus on improving your own grind.  Don’t worry about their paper, keep your eyes on your own.

Write Your Name on your Work – I heard this up until high school.  Teachers’ reasoning was “how do I know whose work this is? And how do I know to give you credit if you’re name’s not on it?”

As you should know, if a task is done well, and there’s not a name on said work, please believe that others who want the acknowledgement of a job well done, but don’t want to do the work, will definitely take credit for it.  As you become older, you become a brand. Anything  that you do (especially if it’s done well) should be attributed to you.  If not, someone else can take the credit.

If you Don’t Know, Ask Questions – Your teacher just got finished teaching you something, and then turned to the class and asked:  “Does anyone have any questions?”  You are clearly confused, but don’t raise your hand.  How many times can you remember doing that in school?

As an adult, the fear and insecurity of what others think when you’re confused about something should go out the window.  You can’t be your best, or work your best if you don’t really know what you’re doing.  It’s better to ask questions to ensure that you don’t look like an idiot, than to not and prove yourself to be.

Have your Supplies – A few of my old teachers main gripes were:  “I’m not Office Depot!  Stop stealing my pencils and pens!”  You’re given a pass as a child, but once you get older your habits become your reputation.  So, if you’re constantly in lack of “supplies,” or when crunch time comes and you’re not prepared, that’s what you’re going to be known for.

Sit up Straight in your Seat – Good posture is something that we should have all learned, but it’s something that you might have struggled with.  Just know three things:  1.)  slouching isn’t a good look when you’re at work, 2.)  it can negatively affect your mental and physical  health, and 3.)  bad posture can help contribute to those lumps and bumps in the midsection that you’re trying to get rid of.  If you want to get rid of your pooch, one step (besides healthy eating and exercise) is straighten up.  It’ll help activate your ab muscles.   Don’t trust me?  Just check out this info.

Class is dismissed.

Kendra Koger loved recess, and you should love her twitter @kkoger.

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