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March 31, 2011

Overcoming the Transient Obstacles

Follow-up to Managing Myself and the Others from Sam's blog

                                                                   Overcoming the Transient Obstacles

As I was applying my action plan in time-management, I had faced some challenges along the way that enriched my experience and led me to improve myself on the personal and professional level, too. Some of these stumble blocks were mainly:

1- Keeping a balance between my academic and extra-curricular activities and I employed an amazing strategy that is doing the most difficult or challenging thing first thing in the morning. By doing this, I was able to thwart my Avoidance Strategies and procrastination in the sense that I expended my most efficient energy in doing the most difficlt part of the day and then divided what is left on the not-so-challenging part. In addition, it gave me self-confidence and a sense of achievement at the end of the day. I felt good about myself.

2- Another major obstacle and time-consuming obstacle that I had not realised before was the extensive use of 'Facebook'. It may cause you to wonder, but it is true because just checking my friends' statuses would waste a considerable amount of time and energy while studying. Therefore, I applied the reward system technique in the sense that I broke down my tasks into phases and after finishing a phase, I allowed my self to check 'facebook'. I have to say that doing this saved me a whale of time ,plus I was able to enjoy surfing ''Facebook'' instead of having guilt while commenting on my friends' status.

3-  After handing in seven assignments already, and have to do wo in time limitations, I devised an achievement plan. In the sense, I made a broad realistic plan of what I wanted to accomplish before my deadlines and then use a miniature day-to-day plan as a Checkpoint System to bolster my sense of achievement at the end of the day.

4- The last point I overcame was fear. I would always divert from the main task if it is difficult and do everything that is unrelated to it. Therefore, I came up with a plan that breaks the daunting tasks into smaller manageable chunks that would remove anxiety and adjusted my attitude from saying ''I have to do this task because I have no choice'' to '' I am doing this task that I will enjoy and learn from.

Learning how to deploy various strategies to overcome the challenges I have faced helped my develop multiple skills, save more time, and boosted my self-confidence ,too.  


March 17, 2011

Managing Myself and the Others

Follow-up to Time Managment and Organizing yourself from Sam's blog

                                                                             Taking-Up Resopnsibility

Managing my time might have been the most important skill I developed this year. Ironically enogh I was not even aware of it as a quintessential skill. As a follow up action plan of the points I learnt in the workshop, I contrived the following steps:

1- I set myself Distant goals and Proximal goals in the process of achieveing my objectives because I realised that the short-term ones will lead to the long-term goals.

2-In the process of achieving my goals, I faced many obstacles and stumbling blocks that obliged me to employ different strategies and techniques at different levels of the process.

3- As regards reflection, I could compare my current level with the one when I first started learning and could notice the progress I am making. This progress gave me confidence and motivation to proceed.

4-I kept on a system of self-rewarding at the end of each day to give me the impetus to work hard while realising that I will be enjoying myself at the end of the day.

5-Alternating between different asks helped me set the pace of my own learning and refresh my personality every once and a while.

6-All of this inspired me to take an optional module in my degree in Managament and Leadership that broadened my horizons and understanding of a new untapped area for me.

 


Managing Myself and the Others

Follow-up to Time Managment and Organizing yourself from Sam's blog


October 25, 2010

Time Managment and Organizing yourself

                                                           Time Mnagement and Organizing yourself

I have had my Time Management work shop and it kind of was really invaluable to me because it made me have a greater and deeper look into my way of organizing my time.I had really developed an action plan to start with and I know that this process involves both time and good organization on my part. So, I have been laying out an action plan to start with. My plan really involved a couple of steps as follows:

1- I set my self some goals in order to achieve.

2- I share my progress with a study group to really find someone who shares you the same plan.

3- Reflect on what I have done and se how much I have done and where I did go wrong.

4- Follow up a reward scheme after I have finished every part of my plan.

5- Looking back on what I have achieved, rather than what I fell short of doing.

6-Changing the rate of doing things. I mean by having some fun hand in hand with studying.

SAM. 


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