The 3 Different Types Of Group Members

The 3 Different Types Of Group Members

It doesn’t matter if you’re in Middle School, High School, or Post Secondary School – we are all familiar with the drop in our stomach as the teacher announces, “this is a group assignment – and I’m choosing your partners.” Had you at least been given the chance to make your own group, you could have collaborated with the students you know that share the same mindset and work ethic as you.

Unfortunately, that is not the case.

You must now spend the next few weeks conversing with the Know-It-All, The Unmotivated, and The Procrastinator.

Good luck.

Our teachers frequently tell us that group work is preparing us for our futures in a professional workplace. That is the hard truth. Regardless if you plan on going into a career involving presentations and projects, learning to socialize with different personalities can make you an overall better person and employee.

Make an effort in working things out however if needed, don’t be afraid to seek help from your teacher.

By learning to respect and embrace your peers’ personalities, you will work with them more efficiently and hopefully avoid stressful, head clashing arguments. You have to learn to accept that people are different and from there, you must choose your actions and words appropriately.

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KNOW IT ALL

The “know it all” student struggles with trusting others to do their work out of fear of failing.

They seek dominance and persistently force their ideas onto the group to have a final project as they envisioned. They’re not often interested in other people’s opinions so it is important to remind them that it’s group work and everyone’s voice deserves to be heard. By implicating a majority wins rule, the student will lose complete control and be forced to work with other ideas.

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UNMOTIVATED

The “unmotivated” student is the member you may actually fear assigning work to.

Simply watching a persons actions and work ethics in class, will most likely reflect how they will work in a group. Regardless if they’re capable of completing the work, they’ll deprioritize the group and the assignment. By relying on them to complete a portion of the work, you are depending on them to give their full effort, if completing the work at all. It is important to be assertive with this person. Threaten to remove them from the group unless they put in an effort and complete what was assigned.

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PROCRASTINATOR

The “procrastinator” is capable of completing the work and has every intention of doing so, at their own pace that is.

They will be attentive at the meetings and share their opinions however your project has been deprioritized, once again. It may take late night phone calls or persistent Facebook messages but sure enough, you will get the required work. Stay persistent and emphasis the urgency, especially if it’s Sunday night and your responsibility is to finalize and print the project.

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Those are three of the many personalities you’ll encounter in school and your workplace. It’s important to be patient as a group and rely on each other for help when necessary. Remain calm in stressful situations and put your foot down when necessary.

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100 • Ways To Live Life A Little Happier

100 • Ways To Live Life A Little Happier

Life’s not always easy.

Sometimes our families bicker, our days are long, our nights feel lonely, and our minds simply can’t rest. It’s in these moments we must realize that happiness truly is the smallest things in life. So small that we often miss them, in this fast and chaotic world that we live in.

And so, I created a list of things to do, thoughts to think, and actions to take, to hopefully help myself (and whoever scrolls through this post) to live life a little happier.

What’s something that makes you happy?
Let me know in the comments

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  1. Do cardio for at least 15 minutes a day
  2. Wear a BIG, oversize sweater
  3. Start the successful blog you’ve always wanted to
  4. Remind yourself that things get better
  5. TAKE IT EASY ON THE BOOZE
  6. Avoid negative people
  7. Get a planner to use instead of your phone calendar
  8. Listen to your favorite songs in acoustic versions
  9. Clean your Email inbox
  10. Delete anyone from Facebook that gives you bad vibes
  11. Give yourself an honest compliment in the mirror
  12. Watch your favorite TV show from the 90’s
  13. Try a deep breathing exercise
  14. Rest your legs up against the wall for a few minutes
  15. Spend an entire Saturday lost in a game of ‘SIMS’
  16. Sign up for a ‘Survey’ website to start making side cash
  17. Take a ‘mental health’ day
  18. Make a BIG mug of your favorite tea
  19. Set new goals that you can aspire to
  20. Relax in a hot tub, steam room, or [dry] sauna
  21. Spend time absorbing natural sunlight
  22. Overcome your resistance to try online dating
  23. Learn how to celebrate other peoples’ successes
  24. DRINK MORE WATER
  25. Start picking out your outfit the night before
  26. Listen to an uplifting podcast
  27. Eat a slice of cake – guilt free
  28. QUESTION EVERYTHING
  29. Start using coupons & saving money
  30. Train, prepare, and run in a marathon
  31. DON’T OVERTHINK
  32. Have a meaningful conversation with someone
  33. Buy an ‘adult’ coloring book and brand new pencil crayons
  34. Find a way to forgive yourself
  35. Light a good smelling candle
  36. Find a loved one, stranger, or therapist, to vent to
  37. ^ if there is no one, FIND a way to vent
  38. Have an opinion about things going on in the world
  39. Drive to a country road and spend your night stargazing
  40. Write a new blog post
  41. Learn more about the political party you stand behind
  42. Drive to a new town and spend the day exploring
  43. Support an artist you love on Etsy by making a purchase
  44. Write a letter to someone and don’t send it
  45. Make a move (or initiate) to talk to the person you like
  46. Drink a glass of warm lemon water in the morning
  47. Flip through an uplifting book, like The Book of Awesome
  48. Always ask questions; no matter how stupid they may seem
  49. Learn how to make a beautiful, unique cheese platter
  50. Buy a lottery ticket and test your luck! *fingers crossed*
  51. Go to a discount store or SALE rack and find a good bargain
  52. Focus on one day at a time
  53. PICK YOUR BATTLES
  54. Create your dream home on Pinterest
  55. Spend time with people who make you happy
  56. Find your passion and figure out how to get paid for it
  57. Read a book that challenges the way you think
  58. Start waking up a 1/2 hour earlier
  59. DON’T FILL UP ON BREAD
  60. Add a “feel good playlist” to your phone or iPod
  61. Commit to your personal growth
  62. Don’t lose your cool – especially at work
  63. Write a poem about your feelings
  64. Refresh your phone with a new case and background
  65. GO GREEN!
  66. Find a way to voice your opinion on a topic you feel strongly about
  67. Find a local bakery and get a freshly baked baguette
  68. If you’ve made your point – stop talking
  69. Listen to a sad song a cry freely, when needed
  70. Buy a Polaroid camera and capture life from a different perspective
  71. Throw out every tangible item that makes you unhappy
  72. Treat everyone how you want to be treated
  73. TAKE CHANCES
  74. Turn your artwork into products, and products into money, on Redbubble
  75. Start to give sincere compliments to others
  76. Splurge on a high-quality facial cream
  77. Clean your apartment and THROW THINGS OUT!
  78. Listen to an old song that you haven’t heard in years
  79. Find a fun and creative way to organize and budget your money
  80. Create a new cocktail with the ingredients you have at home
  81. Make a physical scrapbook of your favorite memories
  82. Identify your negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones
  83. Turn off your alarm and SLEEP IN!
  84. Learn about another culture
  85. Reconnect with someone who you’ve lost touch with
  86. Become a volunteer at an animal shelter
  87. Return all of the things you’ve borrowed over the years
  88. Start to address your emotions instead of ignoring them
  89. Handmake the next Birthday card you need
  90. Write a letter to your future self
  91. Lay in bed amongst freshly washed sheets
  92. Get a plant for your apartment
  93. See how long you can go without complaining
  94. Learn how to revamp your most unattractive piece of furniture
  95. Watch inspirational TED talks on YouTube
  96. Blow bubbles from your apartment balcony
  97. Learn how to be okay with being alone
  98. Create a ‘meditation’ or quiet spot in your house
  99. AGREE TO DISAGREE
  100. Make your own list of things that make you happy!
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5 • Childhood Games That Prepared Us For Adulthood

5 • Childhood Games That Prepared Us For Adulthood

Little did we know when growing up that our playground games and rainy day activities were preparing us for the honest truth about life. They say, ‘ignorance is bliss’ and the games that once made us smile, laugh, and bond; are now the rules we love to break and essentially the games we dread playing.

What was your favorite childhood game?
Let me know in the comments!

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1. Telephone

The game ‘Telephone’ reveals the truth about the dysfunction and miscommunications that we live amongst. We’re too quick to jump to our own assumptions and twisting the truth to the point where it tells a different story. We know the truth is our there, but we accept whatever we’re given in its place.

There’s only so many times you can say ‘operator’ before you’re forced to shrug, laugh, and believe what you think you heard.

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2. Simon Says

We’ve grown up, taught to obey authority. Promised that once we’re ‘adults’, we’ll be introduced to a new world of freedom. Simon Says tells us the constant importance of listening to a higher power. Someone who knows ‘better’ than you. If someone says ‘jump!’ you say, ‘how high?’, and you fall victim to the punishment if you chose to obey.

Don’t step out of line.

Don’t dance to your own beat, and don’t think these rules ever stop applying.

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3. Three-Legged Race

We think the finish line is within our reach, that the strength of our legs is enough to carry us to success. We don’t understand that we’re not in this game alone. Life is a three-legged race. We cannot win without help. We cannot win without teamwork. A three-legged race is the perfect way to remind you that it’s a lot harder to work against life than with it.

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4. Red Rover

Red Rover taught us the instant betrayal that comes when picking sides.

We had seconds to decide if we would break the rules and run lightly, in hopes to return to our team or we’d aim for the weak in hopes to carry out our plan. There’s irony in being called over by a group working to keep you out.

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5. Duck, Duck, Goose

We were once told we’re all equals, we’re cut from the same cloth. However, when someone is pointed out as different, we’re taught to run in the opposite direction. We put our effort into returning to normality and avoiding the dreaded sentence of being considered different.

However, when someone is pointed out as different, we’re taught to run in the opposite direction. We put our effort into returning to normality and avoiding the dreaded sentence of being considered different.

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5 • Fears And What They Say About Us

5 • Fears And What They Say About Us

There are so many things in life that are labeled ‘strange’, ‘abnormal’ or ‘scary’. But would we still look at things the way we do if society hadn’t marked them that way? Or are our fears just our mental insecurities, manifesting themselves into things we consider acceptable?

What is your greatest fear?
Let me know in the comments!

1. Ghosts

We breathe easy.

Knowing we’re in the safety of our own home. Confined within walls. Behind a deadbolt, with 9-1-1- on speed dial. Ghosts take that security and leave us feeling helpless. Hopeless. To be a person in the presence of a ghost is the all too familiar feeling of being trapped within ourselves. With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. The mere idea of feeling powerless will always be enough to break us down.

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2. Spiders

Although there are many spiders less dangerous than a bear, we still hold a stronger resentment. A greater sense of fear. We fear spiders and the unknown. We fear the idea of living amongst something so different than us. It’s not surprising that we hate spiders as we’re guilty of looking at everyone ‘different’ than us as though they have 8 legs.

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3. Needles

We HATE sitting in the doctor’s office. Tapping our foot and waiting for a nurse to register our flu shot. And then, just before the needle goes in, we grow anxious. We wait for the sting. Knowing it’s coming and knowing it’s not worth the stress. We torture ourselves in the final seconds, as anticipation has become one of our most agonizing experience.

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4. Heights

With heights comes trust.

We have to trust that we won’t fall. We won’t lose our step and trip, or we won’t fall victim to a push. The idea of our fate being out of our control is unacceptable. The idea of making a mistake or a misstep that ends in more than a scraped knee is overwhelming. One of our greatest comforts in life is knowing there’s a way to get back up after a fall.

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5. The Dark

Nothing tightens our breath or sends chills down our spine like the idea of walking through a dark forest, alone. We know it’s full of trees and timid squirrels, but we know that’s the truth when we’re beneath the sunlight.

The night tells a different story. The night is dark, and quiet, and unknown. We hate when we have to trust that there’s nothing following us and we hate to be lost for we know there are times when the strength of our mind and the strength of our legs, simply isn’t enough.

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5 • Small Pleasures We Lost To Technology

5 • Small Pleasures We Lost To Technology

There’s no denying the speed in which the world is turning and the way life is drastically changing. Technology is taking over and quickly destroying the little things as it grows. We’re now nostalgic for the things that are now only a memory. We can merely let a smile escape our lips at the very thought of the things we once took for granted.

What would you consider a pleasure that
we’ve lost to technology?
Let me know in the comments!

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1. Film Cameras

Cameras once refused to let you live behind the lens. You weren’t able to fill your camera roll with pictures that would end up as lost as your phone on a sticky bar floor. A single snap is no longer enough. You need angles, poses, unnatural moments. Consider the life that’s getting lost between reality and your phone screen.

Fortunately, we have the return of the Polaroid camera to cure some of the nostalgia!

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2. Renting A Movie

Wandering through the high shelves of Blockbuster (wearing our sweatpants and flip flops) was Friday night entertainment on its own. Pointing at movie covers – laughing at the times you saw it with friends; or shaking your head at your once celebrity crush. We’ve lost adventure to convenience and the sound of laughter to the hollow clicks of our remote.

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3. Desktop Computers

It was sneaking downstairs at midnight as your family laid asleep. You turned on the computer and cringed as the start up sound echoed through the house. Your bed was empty. Your heart was racing. Back then – you couldn’t pull a computer on your lap, or check your favorite sites from your phone. You had to sneak back out of bed – and back in – within hours. Smirking at your late night adventure.

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4. MSN

You could once escape the madness of the world (and the people in it). You could leave the chaos outside. You could leave the drama, the bullying, and the gossip as words behind the computer screen – waiting for you to log back in. Text messages have now become a haunting. Leaving us unable to run without the promise of being chased.

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5. Agendas

There was one benefit to starting a new year of school which was – a brand new agenda! Fresh sheets waiting to be personalized. Marked with doodles from class boredom. Hearts filled with monthly crushes. Personalized script reminding us of weekend plans. Pages ripped out to pass notes to friends in class. The older we get – the clearer we see – that paper tells a better story than letters on a screen ever will.

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