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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.

December 16, 2012

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

Given some unexpected circumstances I ended up writing both my third and final entries at the same time; because of an unfortunate accident (which you will find all about on my final entry) I was unable to complete the blogging process in an organized way. But no matter this inconvenience I wanted to give a clear account of what had happened regarding every one of my action points before ending this process.

First we have my completion of the workshop: Organizing yourself and your time. Applying the techniques that I learned on this workshop has helped me to start working on one of my biggest weaknesses. I have always had a problem with time management and as a result with following through and finishing things in an organized way. With a macro-plan as a way to visualize how to get to your clear goals, life takes a new dimension: it seems achievable.

Regarding the reflective writing I am happy to see I have a notepad with around 20 pages of reflections in different subjects. I am no longer afraid to write what I am thinking, on the contrary I use it as a way to organize my ideas, This is a mayor skill I have acquired after this first workshop, because I have seen the advantages it brings and the results it offers. I am now using it not only for my personal development but also for my assignments and I am sure I will continue using through out my professional development as well.

And finally for my career, this workshop has helped me organize myself around what is most important for me at the moment. I have now been to several meetings with a careers and skills advisor and I have now my CV revised and ready to be sent out. This is a big advantage, as it will help me take the next step in applying for jobs once the New Year arrives.

November 23, 2012

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

So I am happy to say that today I can write this follow up with a smile on my face, which was definitely not the case for my last one. It is amazing to see how the simplest change in your attitude can make you feel and be that much more in control of your life and things that happen around you. Indeed when I took the first step towards getting things done instead of just whining about them, everything started falling into place and life seemed somehow more manageable…

For me it has been all about organizing myself, knowing what has to be done (but in a SMART way), and then just sticking to the plan: et voila! Things are getting done! In the one hand I attended to the P.7 Workshop, Organizing yourself and your time, and it has been of great help. I have been applying what I learned in the workshop to my actual time management: I started by making a planner and completing it until the end of the year. In this planner I have put all my deadlines and started developing plans in the previous weeks of concise goals in order to achieve the final goal. This has proved incredibly useful, as it has turned the enormous assignments, which I was unable to tackle, into manageable tasks.

Regarding the reflective writing, and even though I did buy a pad exclusively for this last weekend, I haven’t been able to start writing on it. This is something I need to keep working on, even more so as the due dates for my assignments are getting closer, because I wish to take advantage of the reflective writing process to get my ideas clear and structure a better speech. So as I can see now that the reason I didn’t follow up with this task is the fact that I didn’t make it SMART, I am going to commit myself that by the end of this week I need to have started my diary.

And finally for my third action regarding my career, I am pleased to see that I took a step forward by attending a meeting with a career’s and skills adviser to discuss my future. After this meeting I had a clear structured plan with actions I needed to complete for achieving my goals, all of which are marked in the planner I mentioned before.

Overall I feel confident that I am moving forward and that I now have my eyes open during this process. I t changes everything to feel that I am in control and that my life is again in my hands. It is all about thinking, reflecting, concretizing and finally doing.

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  • Thank you for this first blog entry. It sounds as if things have been very difficult but that you ar… by on this entry
  • Hi Maria Thank you for your final blog. I am sure when you came to the workshop and submitted your f… by Beverley Maynard on this entry
  • Hi Maria You seem to have maintained the focus of macro–planning, prioritising and delegating. I am … by Beverley Maynard on this entry
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