Kevin Bucknall This free eBook contains the following chapters 1 An Introduction to Economics in 5,000 Words and a Bit 2 Trying to Make Sense of Economic Policy—What Do Governments Try to Do? 3 Trying to Make Sense of Economic Policy—Why is it Difficult to Get it Right? 4 Business Cycles, Recessions and Economic Booms 5 A Summary of the Advantages and Disadvantages of the Price Mechanism 6 The Difference Between “Economic Growth” & "Economic Developmen"
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Kevin Bucknall I, the author, spent time working in the United Nations but my career was mainly in the academic area. This book is the product of many years spent teaching in universities in three countries. At the freshman level (first year) I encountered many students who had problems settling down to university life and motivating themselves to work in the much freer environment. They brought their troubles to me and over the years I learned a lot about what worried them, especially their inability to get down to work and avoid wasting their time. Listening to their concerns, giving support and advice and helping them to make the necessary adjustments provided much of the raw material for this book. This self-improvement book was written with students in mind although anyone can benefit from it. The first section totally applies to students and non-students alike. In order to help you develop and raise your level of motivation the book starts by focussing on what can cause procrastination and why it is bad. This is sensible because identifying what is currently stopping a person from feeling good about themselves, enjoying what is being done and working with enthusiasm is the start. Once someone understands why they feel unenthusiastic and what is holding them back then they are in a better position to start tackling their own particular impediments. The second section turns to motivation, first examining the different ways that a person can benefit from being motivated and enthusiastic in general. The section contains specific advice on what can be done to increase your enthusiasm and develop your motivation. Some of this advice is specific to a student environment, for example, using a failed assignment to increase motivation, but much of the advice is of a general nature and applies to anyone. The section suggests many practical ways of promoting motivation. It examines the use of various different "carrots" that can encourage your enthusiasm to work. It then turns to a variety of "sticks" that you can use. After discussing the use of carrots and sticks, other ways of improving your motivation are suggested. For example, these can include such things as visual reminders, like wall posters, and making precommitments in life. For students, amongst other suggestions, finding a study-buddy is recommended and various learning games that you and they can play are explained. Over twenty further recommendations are made that can help improve your motivation and lead you to success. The book contains 17,120 words.
Kevin Bucknall The author has spent most of his working life in universities. He has also worked in the United Nations and local and central governments. This book is the product of many years spent teaching in universities in three countries with different cultures. At the freshman level (first year) he encountered many students who had problems settling down to university life. They brought their troubles to him and over the years and he learned a lot about what worried them, including their increasing levels of stress as exams approached. At higher levels, those studying for their Ph.D.s were often under immense pressure, which was sometimes family-based, sometimes financial, and, towards the end, always concerned issues of time. Listening to their concerns, giving support and advice and helping them to make the necessary adjustments provided much of the practical material for this book.
Although the learning side was based in academia, the practical advice applies to the world in general.
The focus is on practical ways to deal with stress i.e., what you can actually do to help yourself. You are told what you can do to gain immediate relief from stress and help you to unwind quickly. Emphasis is placed on each person’s unique individuality which means that when suffering from stress we all have a wide variety of palliative and curative techniques from which to choose. No one set of recommendations will fit each person, so that a stressed individual should try many or all of the suggestions, then select those ways that helps best.
The first set of recommendations deals with various ways of providing quick relief from stress and inducing immediate feelings of well-being. These consist of various ways of tackling the symptoms of stress and restoring feelings of calm and peace.
The second set of recommendations, the most important ones, consist of ways of making improvements that attack the causes of stress, rather than dealing with the immediate symptoms. These improvements are of long-term nature and mostly involve some changes in life-style.