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Module 4

Dear Fellow Students,

On this glorious Fourth of July, I write to you in the middle of the celebration. On a day of belonging, brisket, and brews I would like to remind you that the American dream was built with work ethic in mind. Like many of you, I multitask pretty regularly; however, I recently learned how harmful multitasking can actually be to my production. Currently, I myself am multitasking between talking to friends and doing my work for school however this is something I am working to keep out of my daily schedule. Before I would routinely do my easiest assignment when talking to friends as I could do it while practically brain dead. In fact, I got good enough to multitasking that I could do it during semi-important assignments. That being said I always got lower grades on those assignments. One thing I am has already implemented so that I can stop this behavior is no longer having the tv on while doing homework. While I am not currently doing this, one goal I have to be even more practical is to not do homework with friends around so that I don’t talk with them and give half the energy to school that I need to. As I said just before I am working on separating my school and personal life completely so that I don’t lose my efficiency, either. By this I mean I don’t work on homework while talking to friends and I can also give my full attention to the people closest to me. I recommend other students turn off the tv while doing homework because when you do both at the same time you are either sacrificing quality or efficiency and there is no need to compromise on either.

Best regards,
Jacob Eckert

Module 3

Dear Fellow Students,

This week in class we learned about time management, a skill that I definitely have room for improvement in. I think the most useful thing I personally learned from this module is to track how I spend my time and reflect on it. While tracking my time this week and during this summer isn’t too important from a productivity standpoint as I easily have enough time to manage my responsibilities, I think this will be a very good tool to implement in the fall with a full course load. Because of this, I have already started implementing this, so I know how to use it properly later on. So far it hasn’t really done much for me other than showing me that I am pretty lazy. This gave me the idea to fill a schedule with good hobbies I have always wanted to do and practice time tracking to see if I can stick with my time schedule or not. I figure if I can’t stick to a schedule with fun hobbies than I probably wouldn’t stick to it with boring schoolwork and therefore I should avoid scheduling things for that time of the day. Going forward I will always advise people to reflect on how they spend their time and even try tracking it. Time tracking really holds your time management skills up to yourself in the mirror and lets you know just how much you can improve as a person.
(LESSON: Module 3. Slide 12)

Best Regards,
Jacob Eckert

Module 2

Dear fellow students,

This week in class we focused on time management skills and how they relate to online learning strategies. From completing the online quiz accessing my time management skills I discovered I have good time management skills yet still have a lot to improve on. I realized that while I have great time management skills in the planning sense what I am poor at is the follow-through. Doing this quiz gave me a lot of insight into how I can fix my behaviors to bring my time management skills up a level and help me be more successful in the classroom and in other facets of my life and would be helpful for you too. One thing that has already helped me change my behaviors so that I can execute better is the time tracking assignment. While originally, I thought it might be interesting to see how I actually spend my time differs from the schedules I set for myself, it turns out that logging my activities has had a positive effect on my behaviors. Already, I can sense myself sticking to my schedule more often as I found it easier to just do what my plan for the day is for the sake of the assignment than to reflect on how much I differed from the goals I set forth. Maybe it is the additional accountability from someone checking my activities for the week or maybe it is me setting a more laid out plan for the week but I have noticed that since I have planned the vast majority of my day that I have been able to stick to my schedule and be more productive. I suggest all my fellow students to take this quiz assessing your time management skills so you can reflect on your own online learning strategies and then keep track of how you actually spend your time whether it is in a time chart or simply reflecting before you go to bed.

Best regards,
Jacob