All entries for December 2013

December 16, 2013

Final entry on Organising yourself and your time

Workshop Tutor: Lisa Faulkner

Time management is one of the key things in our modern day lives to avoid tension and fatigue. Throughout this workshop and the time since the workshop i have tried to stick to my action points and i have noticed that effective time management doesnt mean that you work for more number of hours, it just means that you focus on a set of predetermined tasks in order of priority and the tasks that matter and are urgent and that makes the difference. Managing time effeciently is the need of the hour.

Besides, I have even noticed that being 'Time bound' and approaching towards a set goal with a set amount of time for completion will help you feel more relaxed, focussed and in control. In time management skills its always the quality of work that matters, quantity is secondary!

The use of the GANTT chart for my daily chores has also made a huge difference because now i exactly know the amount of work to be done and the amount of time i need to dedicate to each task in order to complete my work on time.

Better identification of time stealers such as social networking and socialising a lot with friends has also made a diiference and to avoid wasting huge amounts of time i have a dedicated time frame set for social networking and socialising with my friends so that it doesnt interfere with my day to day important tasks and plans.

Finally, to conclude this workshop has been particularly helpful for me in managing my time and my schedules better and i have noticed the positive change in my attitude towards planning and prioritising things and organising and managing myself better.

Thank you and i highly appreciate all your efforts to create an awareness of how we can save a lot of our time by avoiding simple things and planning things well in advance!

December 02, 2013

Follow–up on Organising yourself and your time

Workshop Tutor: Lisa Faulkner

Heres a summary of how I've been getting on with my action points

  1. Being Motivated

    Being motivated is one of the crucial action points that i have set up for myself. The reason being i am away from my family and friends and hence sometimes i get to morally and emotionally demotivated and spend an entire day just in thinking about my past life and experiences.

  2. Setting up priorities

    Setting up priorities is like finishing your tasks midway. We dont waste time in doin gmultiple tasks at the same time and hence finish up each task at their set time more productively and efficiently.

  3. Reflective

    By being reflective i can analyze and evaluate from my past experiences in life and thus avoid similar instances in the future. For eg, i started off with an assignment late in time and had a tough time finishing it off by the deadline, hence being reflective i will avoid similar situations in the future.

  4. Activeness

    The weather in England is very lazy and lousy to work and you feel sleepy at all times in the day. Hence i make sure that i am active at most times of the day by taking long walks regularly around the universities campus and exercising and breathing in fresh oxygen so that i can concentrate better on my academics.

Follow–up on Getting started on skills development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio

Workshop Tutor: Amanda Randall

Heres a summary of how I've been getting on with my action points

  1. Academic skills

    Improving on my academic skills is a major action point. I believe knowledge is endless and the more you can gain the better. Thus to gain better skills i have made an action plan that every week i'll read a new book issued from the library from any genre. This will help me broaden my horizons in all directions and i wont particularly be a person who just has the knowledge of science and maths. My aim now is to make the most of my time at warwick and its library and learn the most out of it in all possible directions.

  2. Priorities tasks

    I have noticed that prioritising things in the way it should be completed gets your task half done. The month of November saw a rise in the number of assignments and tests and submissions. Thus planning things in the way it should be completed one after the other thus helped me successfully to complete and submit my assignments on time.

  3. Self promote

    Leadership skills i believe is something that opens you up. Hence recently we had a MATLAB exam and i had done MATLAB in my undergraduate studies. Hence i got an opportunity to self promote myself in front of my friends and teach them from scratch. Thus it was a very interesting time i had while teaching everyone and thus we got to know each other better since then.

  4. Being Motivated

    I have noticed that one of the most significant action points that i should set for myself is being motivated because over here i am all alone without my family members and friends and hence some times it becomes to morally and emotionally demotivating to spend an entire day thinking about your past life and the times you had back home. Hence this is a key action point for me!

Follow–up on Effective learning strategies

Workshop Tutor: Gillian Marriot

Heres a summary of how I've been getting on with my action points

  1. Being Motivated

    Being motivated is something i believe one of the most crucial action points for myself and my studies. The reason being i am here doing my masters while my friends and my family members are back in India, having left everything behind and to study independently in a new country is something that can let you back by thinking about the past and missing out on friends and family members specially when you have never stayed alone without them!

  2. Having a positive state of mind

    Always having a positive state of mind helps and i myself always try to have a positive state of mind, having which can see that my job is half done just because of the kind off approach i have towards a particular task. I believe, leaving all the negative things and thought behind and approaching towards a task with the willingness and the will, will always get you the task done more efficiently than before.

  3. Cream Strategy

    Activeness is one of the main action points which according to me suits me the most. The weather in England is very lousy and lazy and thus is one particular action point on which i am focussing the most at this point of time. I try to exercise daily, if not then go for long walks around the university and breathe fresh oxygen so that i am always active all the time to do my work on time and better than before.

  4. Setting up priorities

    The month of november which is almost the last month of the term before christmas vacations had a series of exams and submissions which i had to complete effectively and submit on time. Thus i noticed using the CREAM strategies helped me a lot in being time bound and effective in submitting all the assignments on time. I hope to take it up in the future for the terms to come!

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