All entries for March 2012

March 31, 2012

A1 Reflective Entry

Hi I've been kind of busy with revision and so have not really done the reflective entries yet. I think I have made significant progress however. As the final entry is due very soon I'm going to have to write the reflective entries very close together.

For my 1st action point Ive been really active I went further than using it in social sciences subject such as economics and used the system for my statistics as well which I found particularly useful as it allows me to easily make sense of a large chunk of text. This is especially true when your notes are all off the board in lectures and you dont really have time to structure the material.

With regard to 2nd action point I think this has been the most useful of all because anything Urgent or important task that I need done I can quickly take note of and have their next to me. THis overlaps with the P7 workshop, and I believe that it makes me more tme efficient.

The thrid point i still need to find some outlet to do. Will write again in 2 days. Hope this is good enough.

Tutor: Han Na Cha

March 30, 2012

P10 Final Entry

It has come time for my final entry. I have had some signifciant achievement when it comes to first and second point.

As for the third point I have attended a netwrok session with bloomberg. However, I found that even they seemed to misunderstand the concept and were stating qualitites they seek in candidates. However, those traits are as a result of the persons personality. Pesonally I believe that it was a bit of a fake point because really I need to match my personality to the job not the other way round as then I'll only shoot myself in the foot.

With regards to the second point I believe that I have made the most progres which is ironic as it wasnt about myself; i guess its testimony to my extravert dimension which was also the highest percentage expressed in the online MBTI test i took. I noticed that the friends I made were opposite to me in terms of their MBTI roughly as I cant really get them to take the test as they all seem to have short attetnion spans. They aslo were ambivlaent about their type. However, I did learn a lot about who thought what about each dimension and of others

The first point I think I have also fufilled I took an online test. I was slightly expressed in all the dimensions i noticed (which I believe is correct as seen form my previous entries about not leaning toards either side tooo much). As for the dimensions themselves, extravert, sensing, thinking and judging. I believe that is me and I am more importantly happy with it and only because I said so and that is why.

For future improvement I believe that I will carry on with my intention of having these conversations with close friends and family. It should make for some interesting and stimulating talk. As for the career thing in point 3 I should have actually written that in future before clicking the send button on an application I'll stand back and think to myself what is it that the company is looking for and how do I fit in as a person with a specific personality. Should make for some serious life reflection.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and hope to continue my knowledge of the area.

Harun Ahasan

March 27, 2012

P7 Final Entry

It has now come the time for my final entry related to the P7 Organising yourself and your time workshop. With respect to my first action point I think I have succeeded and have noticed in a significant improvement in my organisation and how much work I get done. I found that it also greatly helped as my day would just go by the plan; obviously there are occasions when it doesn't. However, the general improvement is a nice thing to have. As for the second point since making my plan I've found that I am a lot more motivated and have some direction. I don't always have that naggig feeling saying that I hadn't done something or that I should be doing something else. Quite a few goals have already been achieved including almost completing the Portfolio award. As for point 3 I believe that it has been fairly effective before I used to be able to while away 3 hours ago. However, even then I am able to find outlets. I need to find out what is URGENT and what is IMPORTANT!! In terms of improvement I have come up with some ideas to take my action plan further into the future; I don't want this to be a one of experience. For the first action point I've decided that when I make my to do list I'm going to prioritise the task as urgent, important or not urgent, not important so that I know whether I can delay or delegate them to someone else. This should free up about an hour for me to get other stuff done. For the second point I'm simply going to do the same thing during other times of the year more likely after exams, beginning of next year and after January exams. Finally for the third point apart from carrying asking myself whenever I want to have some leisure time I'll switch on the alarm on my phone to make sure that I don't take precious time away. I personally think that's a bit crazy but I can't think of a more sensible way of stopping myself. Overall I think that the workshop was a success for me and with my continuos improvement goals I believe I stand myself well to get as much out of every single free moment and figure out how to free up more of my time so I can do that same thing.

March 21, 2012

P7 Reflective Entry

It has come time for me to once again write a reflective entry I've found that my SMART goal has now been almost permanently ingrained in my psyche. I think I could add to it however and create an actual 2 do list as recommended. After all there is no harm. I also think it would be particularly useful as it frees time for study which is one of the tips on sheet given out in workshop. My plan from now till the exams is also well on course and hopefully should be complete as intended with a first class if I'm lucky. As for the procrastinating now that I'm home I find myself increasingly finding outlets of distraction which I couldn't find at university. The worst being TV and my family. However family is staying on the list their too precious too ignore, done enough of that during the term. So instead I need to come up with a quota for using the TV. Oh yes and I have deactivated my Facebook account (thought I'd casually drop that in). It's remained off for 1 week now and I think its become habit now! Although it's definitely back on as soon as exams are finished! Apart from that it's all going as planned; the plan being to plan ahead and never forget to plan in future!! "Failing to plan is planning to fail" (Benjamin Franklin) Tutor: Beverly

March 16, 2012

A1 Action Plan

After attending the session on reading and note taking I feel significantly motivated on certain aspects of the way in which I go about these activities and I'm going to act on that by formulating a plan and seeing how that goes for next few weeks.

1. During my revision in subjects requiring a lot of note taking eg economics i'm going to use Cornell system as I found it particularly beneficialespecially when i'm working at my own pace.

2. During these periods of study I'm going to keep a seperate rough sheet of paper down next to me to write notes telling me how i can organize as I go along or something i'm having particular problems with.

3. I'm going to use to maximum affect the sticky notes given to me. Although i think I'm going to have to buy a bigger pad as theyre fairly small and cool with the tissue box and everything. However, they will be used to mark out the points of importance in notes (eg proofs that could come up in exam). Ill come up with some other things probably.

P10 Reflective Entry

Another week gone by and the time for another reflective entry has come.

I have just completed a half module assesment with a gruelling few days in the learning Grid and library. During that time a lot of the people I talked to whom I also knew i noticed a change in. I noticed that wheh they were focused on that goal of finishing their project I noticed that they became more introvertive.

Thats not me bmaking things up. I'm actually genuinely truthful about this. I believe that sometimes intense periods of focus can cause people to radically alter themselves; it varies with each person. Through this experience I've both learnt how to categorise people and also the shifting dynamics of this topic.

As for a particular one of my friends (who has done the Portfolio Award) I talked to him on the topic and we had some intense discussion which was unfortunately interupted. However, I noticed that he also was of the mind that your personality is ever shifting and through that we came to know even more about each other than we previously did. He told me a few things (which I'm not going to mention because I have great respect for him) that I didnt know. THis was someone I considered my inner circle.

Its interesting to see how different MBTI types interact and the means in which they interact. I look forward to my final entry to conclude all these thoughts and experiences.

March 13, 2012

P7 Reflective Entry

After a week of making my action plan I feel more fulfilled on some of my action points.

With regards to my SMART goal I have been successful and have sat down each day at breakfast to think about what it is I need to do and this eventually leads to the tasks being done during the day. However, I have not been making a written list. I think I'll try to get that done by my next blog entry.

I havent really addressed the second action point becuase of the severity of my workload. However, come thurday I'll have some breathing space so when my next blog entry comes round I'll go into detail on that.

The third point i think is the one that has come in most use whenever I use it. Witha ig assignment deadline coming up every time my mind wnaders or I'm distracted i bring my mind back to that incumbent deadline. It actually genuinely scares me; so very effective!!

March 11, 2012

P10 Reflective Entry

After another week ive come to write my reflective entry.

I have to agree with your previous comment about different people having different concepts about what personality type they are and whether they are firmly rooted to that idea or they believe they change like me. Ive especially noticed this with my closer friends. I've indirectly been talking to them on this issue. When I ask them what they think of me their views generally seemed to be coherrent with mine; although they didnt agree with my view that my personlaity type was very fluid. I guess it just depends on the context in which you talk in. Some of my friends see me in a certain way than others.

As for your comments about employers I'll keep that in mind and make sure I just keep the MBTI for my own personal realtionships with peolpe. I havent really categorised people yet; in some ways I find it quite hard. Its kind of hard to ask them something like:

"If you had a gun to your head would you say that you were E or I in this dimension :D"

Its just hard to get people to open up about these things especially if they think its a load of rubbish; could use a few tips?

March 05, 2012

P7 Action Plan

Having attended the workshop P7 Organising yourself and your time I have constructed a 3 point action plan.

1. My SMART Goal is to create a to-do list every morning whilst having breakfast (so as to avoid time wastage alter in the day) when my time is more precious.

2. I'm going to sit down soon after the workshop and planned exactly what I want done between now and the exams.

3. I'm going to continuosly think to myself whenever i find myself procastinating "what is it I'm stopping myself from doing". Aside from this every friday afternoon on the way home I'm going to think to myself what is getting in the way of my goals and what can I possibly do to remove that obstacle.

P.S. I very much enjoyed the workshop it struck a chord with me :D

March 02, 2012

P10 Action Plan

After attending the workshop for Understanding your personality I yhave constructed a 3 point action plan to take away from the workshop. That is as follows

1. During some period of extensive free time (which I dont really have but I'll make somehow) I will take another go at exercises in the session and compare what I find to what happened in session. I found that my personality seemed to change a fair bit over time and it would be interesting to see what it is like in a period of relative calm.

2. I'm going to try the same thing with a friend and see what his thoughts on what he found about himself and me are; whether he believe that what he came out with was really him?

3. Next time at some sort fo networking session or some other work related event, I could discuss the contents of workshop with employers and ccompare what they look for with the qualitites possesed by the different dimension E, I etc

March 01, 2012

P6 Final Entry

Having written two reflective entries it has come time for me to write my last and final entry. I have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the workshop including the blog I might add. I learnt that emotional intelligence has no single definition or it is not obtained through one quality alone. It is a mixture of knowing about your own emotions others and others and then acting on that information. 1. I believe that my SMART Goal has been achieved. I generally keep my temper never the less However, under particular stress I can lash out. I believe that it all comes from external sources and that then the anger from inside me wells up when things don't go as well as I was expecting them. 2. As I said before I used to do this before attending the workshop without realising that I was doing such a thing however now that I am doing it with an objective I believe it has become more effective. This is particularly true for when I have a bad day because it allows me to try and get to root cays eof what's upsetting me 3. I believe that I've been particularly successful in this area especially as I like to socialise a lot. The person I talked about last time has delved into his enotions since last time we met. We had a discussion about emotional intelligence mad he had some constructive goals. In fact I think he may well be more aware of his own emotions than I am! For the future I intend to continue with points 1 and 2 as usual. They don't take much time and help in day to day life and I think even help to motivate me to do something better : ) Apart from this I think that every now and then I will sit down for lunch with a friend and go over this same topic and see where the conversation ends up; maybe other people as well whom I meet through networking. It would also be good practice for when I hopefully get a job. That is all ( the journey will continue however) Tutor: Samantha Tarren

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