September 05, 2013

4th September: Making Progress

Scheduling is difficult. So is contacting people.

I think it's the university attitude that you're supposed to finish your work, submit it, get marks and not much else as feedback. I'm coming to realise that I can email people for advice surprisingly frequently, and send them what I've done so far at any convenient point. It's tremendously useful, keeps me on the right track when I may have veered off it.

It also keeps me accountable, which is something I didn't realise the importance of. As of today I'm keeping a note of all actions I take so that I can explain when I've been doing things. It's surprisingly good for motivation. If you think you haven't achieved anything, look at all the time you spent doing various things and suddenly you realise where all the work was.

I mentioned scheduling. As happy as co-workers are to offer feedback, they're often too busy to actually meet up and discuss things. Finding things to do while at an apparent roadblock before such a meeting is a useful skill, saves time in the long run.

Well, that was an exciting post!


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