I recently got a shipment of delicious pancake mix from Silver Fern Brand. I love any excuse for a get together with friends, so I decided to coordinate a pancake-thesis writing party! I am currently a senior in college and many of my friends and I are in the midst of writing honors theses, which means we often feel stressed about the writing process and the long-term nature of our projects. Instead of dreading a day of research and writing, I proposed the idea of turning it into a fun gathering–I positively framed the situation!
Now the pancakes certainly helped, but positive framing is a tool that can come in handy for anything you might be dreading or lacking motivation to do. It is all about turning a seemingly negative event, and trying to see it in a positive light. This isn’t denial, but is a simple helpful tool to navigate life’s minor and major annoyances. Life is full of things we don’t want to do…taxes, homework, taking out the trash…but it’s all about the mindset we have.
My friends and I chatted, enjoyed making the pancakes together, and each ate a delicious chocolate-chip studded stack, and by that point we did not mind getting down to business to work on our papers.
I also discovered a new favorite maple syrup….Nature’s Hollow sugar free maple syrup is so good! It was a perfect topping that didn’t lead to a horrendous sugar crash. I highly recommend this over traditional maple syrup if you’re wary of your sugar intake, which we all should be–check out this article for more info.
I think it’s safe to say our party was a major success–many pancakes eaten, many paragraphs written!
Next time there’s a task you’re dreading, try positive framing! What’s something you hate and how do you motivate yourself to do it?