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Summer School – Practice Owner Style- Part 1

Did you attend summer school ever in your life? I can’t remember a summer where I was not in summer school. Ever since freshman year in high school I was always taking summer classes to get ahead in my course work so I could take more dance classes. Not sure y’all know that before I became a dietitian, I wanted to be a professional dancer and had been dancing since I was 2 years old. That a story for another day.

Summer school was always my favorite time to take the really hard classes like calculus because the class was super focused and I was able to get a ton of information in a short amount of time. In today’s blog post I wanted to share with you some tools that helped me in summer school or when I have to learn a new task in a short amount of time.

How to Stay Focused

For me, this idea of staying focused can be a tricky one. I get distracted constantly with new ideas and projects and will get behind on what I am truly needing to do. What has helped me to stay focused on my task or in this instance summer school is having a daily task list. When I stay mindful of my daily task list it helps me to stay focused on my overall bigger picture and what I need to be doing without getting distracted by all the sparkly shiny projects.

Y’all know I love sticky notes! So when I am needing to stay focused I pull out my post notes and pick 3-5 things per day and committed to making sure those three things get done no matter what. When the day ends I can walk away feeling super accomplished and like a bad ass!

In case you missed it, I just reopened the iLiveWell Business Academy Course – Building Your Private Practice –  Basic Course!! I wanted to make this course and this class that goes through this course a bit more like summer school. We will have a very focused and fast paced summer group, which will be a bit different than the other classes that have come through to help y’all get to your dream practice over the summer!

Set Your Summer Shool as a Priority

How much did you just drop for a class?! When I make an investment into a class, course or anything I want to make sure I am truly utilizing everything that comes along with that course to the full potential. It I don’t utilize the course to the full potential then I feel that I have wasted the money, my time and then I’m just pissed. We are all CRAZY busy, that is not new and that will not change anytime soon. What needs to change today is how you view your schedule and how you need to put summer school into your calendar.

Like I mentioned earlier, I used to want to be a dancer, and I still do take dance classes. If I don’t schedule Dance class into my calendar I will 100% of the time find more work or charting to do. Making summer school your priority will help you to truly get every bit of goodness out of the experience. And more importantly, you will make progress towards what you are working on.




By Adrien Paczosa

Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties. Adrien is also a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian(CEDRD). Adrien began her path towards nutrition through her falling down. She has been a dancing since age 2 and in college was a Kilgore College Rangerette. During a practice, she took a fall and broke her foot, and that sparked the ideas of needing a new direction in her life. After graduating in 2003 from the University of Illinois – Chicago with a bachelor of science degree in Human Nutrition, Adrien began her career as a staff dietitian at the hospital in downtown Chicago. She was promoted to the hospital’s Director of Food Service and Nutrition and was responsible for all food preparation as well as patient nutritional care. While working at her clinical job, Adrien maintained her passion for movement by working as a personal trainer and nutrition coach in downtown Chicago. In 2006, Adrien returned to Texas to be close to family, friends, and warmer weather! She opened her private practice, I Live Well Nutritional Therapy in 2007 and has only continued to grown. To date, iLiveWell Nutrition Therapy has multiple locations, contracts with numerous corporations and treatment centers, and currently, five dietitians are employed under iLiveWell. “Creating better access to dietitians!” has been one of the driving forces of Adrien’s company.

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