December 17, 2012

Follow–up on Organising yourself and your time

Workshop Tutor: Beverly Maynard

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

  1. Macro-Planning

    I started by building a planner where I could visualize the different deadlines and the overall time I had left for completing the work. This helped me to organize my priorities and divide the time I had into smaller tasks that would constitute as steps to achieve the bigger task. This really helped me because having it hanging in front of my desk it reminded me of what needed to be done and when; and also why it was important not to leave it for later as I could clearly see that later I would not have enough time.

    However after a small accident where I broke a leg my whole schedule was changed, as I could not work for more than a week. This has been a hard process and very discouraging, Which is why, now that I am getting better, I need to reorganize myself through the macro planning process, and take advantage of it to get back some control of my life and what needs to be done. Because life waits for no one, broken leg or not, I need to keep my goals clear and the steps to get there.

    I will therefore restructure my planner to fit my new deadlines and incorporate new tasks by the end of today. I am confident by the end of this process I will be more calm and relaxed for facing my current situation: having a broken leg will not prevent me of achieving my goals.


  2. Prioritize

    As I stated it on my last blog, This is something I have been working non-stop since the beginning of term. It sounds like an easy thing to do, but in reality it is much more complex. However I am happy to say that I can feel myself getting better at it.

    By having a clearer idea of what I need to do, how and when, helps me take sounder decisions. I managed to finish term feeling I was in control of my time. And even when the accident happen I was able to manage the situation calmly, put my health first and ask for extensions to my assignments. I realized through this process that we can not control everything that happens but we can control the way we handle this unexpected situations.


  3. Delegate

    As I have said in the pas I am not much of a delegator, I am a control-freak, but thanks to this workshop I have been working to change that. And it is ironic because I am now in a situation in which I need help for almost every simple task.

    I am really glad that I had worked hard on this skill because it came really handy when I broke my leg. Before the end of term I was able to delegate a lot of work to my team mates and it paid out, as we had excellent presentations. I was also able to ask for help when I needed to go to the hospital, and for people to buy me groceries. And it is really nice to see that a lot of my friends have come forward and made my life easier during this process.

    I will not forget this experience and I will keep in mind how easy and rewarding it is to ask for help.



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  1. Beverley Maynard

    Hi Maria

    You seem to have maintained the focus of macro-planning, prioritising and delegating. I am particularly impressed with how you delegated work within your group resulting in an excellent presentation – so well done. The ability to delegate is a good skill and very useful for when you enter employment an you are working with teams of people. Good to see that you prioritise your health as without good health you can not enjoy life to the maximum.

    Regards

    Beverley

    10 Jan 2013, 10:35


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