December 15, 2011

Follow Up 2

Follow-up to Week One – Follow Up from Matt's blog

In the last few weeks, we've been given a ton of assessed pieces of work to do, hence a ton of oppertunities to try out my action points! Okay, so, what have we learned from the previous few pieces of assessed work? First point to note: on none of these essays I've stayed up past midnight on the deadline date to finish them (a massive achievement for me!). Second point: I've been able to manage my time more effectively, and set some time aside each day in order to prevent getting overwhelmed with each section of the essays. Third: I'm not constantly seeking approval for every part of the essays, like I used to (I'm being more of an Activist now). I genuinely feel like I'm making progress on this front, as my work seems to have more shape, and i'm a lot less stressed about it! However, on reflection, there's always room for improvement. I still need to realise that each section of an essay will take a different amount of time, and should compensate for this; the perfectionist attitude is not always used in the right places. In addition, planning is something I'm still not doing effectively (mind maps and such). Therefore, still room for improvement on these fronts, and this can be done for my next two critical essays.

I've been following the action point of diving head first into oppertunities, by getting a job that involves me getting up at 5:30 in the morning, to work before university. I figure (aside from getting much needed money!) this will show employers that i'm flexible in my working hours, and very hard working in all areas of my life. This is aiding my action point of being more proactive towards making my CV look more impressive, and the career appointment has aided in helping me decide what internships I'm looking towards, but I still need to make some applications - the next action point! On the plus side, I have contacted a relative who has informed me about the HR career path, and I've been put off this a bit (out of about 5 career path choices, I find myself down to 4... just 3 more to cut down...!)


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  1. Han-na Cha

    Hi Matt,

    Sorry – i thought that I’d already commented on your blog post but as the comment is not there, i must have not pressed the right button or something!

    You might find this link helpful as to understanding perfectionism and strategies round it, if you like. I’d also recommend the Introduction to Emotional Intelligence workshop at some point (especially if you are interested in how to utilise your perfectionism for the right moments).

    Sounds like you’re making good progress on your action points and looking forward to reading your final entry. Hope that you get a good break over the Christmas and New Year period (that doesn’t involve too many 5:30am starts!)

    22 Dec 2011, 10:39

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