February 02, 2013

FINAL ENTRY FOR GETTING STARTED ON SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND THE WARWICK SKILLS PORTFOLIO

Follow-up to 3rd FOLLOW UP FOR GETTING STARTED ON SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND THE WARWICK SKILLS PORTFOLIO from Yentl's WSPA blog

In previous blog entries, I mentioned that I have improved on my spontaneity, commercial awareness, reflective thinking and time management. In the current blog, I am going to address my improvement on time management, in which, I will focus on how my improvement on time management has helped me.

Currently, I am collecting data for my dissertation, it includes recruiting participants, room booking, and running the experiment. Beforehand, I felt that it was going to be a daunting task as undergraduates are not allowed to pay for participants, making recruiting very difficult. On top of that, participants were to be assigned into time slots that suit them and me. When they were carrying out the experiment, I would wait outside the room. I expected the process to be time-consuming task and labour intensive. As a finalist, there is a very high workload; I found it hard to catch up with the endless readings alone, with the experimenting, it seemed almost impossible. To help with this problem, I adapted several time management skills. Whenever I waited outside the room, I would read. Also, I would limit the times I watch TV series which used to be the biggest reason that hinder my study, by limiting myself to one episode per day during dinner time, my readings and work got done faster.

Although I did keep myself to one episode per day, I did not do as much readings as I expected myself to do. I feel that I need to keep improving on my ability to focus, to be more specific, whenever I set myself a goal; I need to stick to it and not get distracted by other distractions. By far distractions are my worst enemy, and my future action point is set to help overcome my problems with distractions. I will keep on limiting myself to one TV episode, when I have not achieved my goal for the day, I will not allow myself to go on facebook or check the news. By achieve this action point; I hope to become more organized and confident knowing that I am keeping up with my study.


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  1. Charlie Cunningham

    Hi Yentl,
    Thanks for posting your final blog entry. It is clear that you are working hard on not being distracted and exploring different ways to do this. In future and particularly when communicating with employers, you may want to be clear you are talking about one experience. Rather than, “Whenever I waited” (more than one experience), perhaps, “On Monday I spent 2 hours outside the room. To make use of that time, I….” This shows you are reflecting on one experience and not all the times you have had the experience. This is really important. as only by reflecting on single experience are we able to be specific about what we have learned and measure our progress precisely.

    Thanks for completing your posts for the the P1 module.
    Regards,
    Charlie Cunningham
    Workshop Tutor.

    05 Feb 2013, 17:41


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