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October 27, 2010

Looking back and forward, while watching the time slip away.

There's so much to do! Has anyone else been finding this? I don't feel like I'm struggling especially, but then perhaps I haven't been tested too strongly by demands as yet! During the two CBE weeks, I had some balance, but it was tilted towards the module and course. Since it finished, my focus has shifted the other way, onto me, and my various other goals and interests. I feel like this is going to be something of a running battle throughout the year...

I haven't done nearly enough so far this week. I think that's fair enough, seeing as I worked through the weekend, and then Monday was my birthday, and I decided in advance I was going to give myself a few days off. But, filling out my year planner yesterday night gave me the requisite kick up the bum to be more productive today! Did you know, that once you fill in the modules, the study weeks, time for PMA's, and the two weeks vacation at Christmas, you are left with 16 full weeks?! (I'm not including ReMe in this). So, at the recommended 45hrs working time/week, that gives you 720 hours for a project that is meant to take 900 hours. Say you are one of those who is only taking the mandatory 9 modules (which I'm now strongly considering!), then you have an extra two weeks, or a total of 810 project hours.

I know these numbers don't mean much really, it's about whether you use that time effectively. But still, that's a huge shortfall, without making any allowances for making mistakes, or taking an extra few days holiday somewhere (which is not unreasonable), or mild illness, etc. It really makes you think back to Paul's words about time being the major currency this year, and it's certainly more than enough to make you get out of bed at 8am on a dreary autumn morning, despite having nowhere to be!

It's probably good that we asked for that extra session on time management then. I know it definitely helped me, if nothing else, to realise just how many things I try to do every week (I think it was 184hrs worth... there are just 168 in an actual week, sadly), which is probably where my problems lie. Cutting things out is hard, and making yourself do the things you had to put aside for whatever reason, even harder.

Makes you wonder if all this reflective writing is a good use of time - guess I'll have to trust Paul on this one ;-) Back to the self-assessment, study skills work, PMA prep, and project selection and application I go!

Actually, never mind... I'll do it later this evening. I want to go and play football now. This is what weekly planners were meant for!


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