Ladies and gents, no matter what you tell yourself or how you look at it… Procrastination is real and effects all of us! As younger people and living in a generation where we are always surrounded by something, whether it is people, animals, our phones, computers, etc.. there is always something that is tugging at our attention. When it comes to school work in particular, for myself, it can be very hard to stay on task and finish what I need to finish in a timely manner. I will tell myself that I can do it later or that it doesn’t need to be finished at this very minute. This is known as procrastination.
There are tons of ways that procrastination can be defeated, but one thing that this weeks module that stood out to me is the 10 minute rule. The 10 minute rule is breaking down a large task into many smaller tasks that tend to take anywhere from 5-10 minutes to complete. I am going to try this for this upcoming week, and I think that it will help me because it will force me to stay focused for only a short period of time rather than a large chunk where my mind can start drifting and focusing on different things rather than what I initially intended to complete!
If there is any advice that I can give to you, a college student, in regards to procrastination and time management it is that procrastination is real and it effects all of us no matter how well we are trained in keeping track of our time. Our mind naturally wants to go to less difficult tasks and wants to put the hard stuff off until the end. It is not smart or realistic to sit there and think that you are immune to these struggles and ways of life. You may be better then someone else, but we all deal with this to some extent, and its because we are human! It’s how we are wired. So look your procrastination in the face, don’t let it get to you, figure out a strategy to defeat it (10 minute rule), and then go defeat it!
You can do it!
The most useful information that I learned from this module is that it is important to understand your areas of weakness, and from there to be able to attack them and improve. By taking a survey of numerous questions about my study habits, I was able to find out that I am better in certain areas then I am in others. So this tells me that I have room to improve in my habits as a student. Sometimes the toughest thing is to acknowledge that we are flawed and not perfect at everything, but once you come to the realization that their is actually room to grow in our lives, then we can begin to take steps to get better. One piece of advice that I would give to students based on my knowledge from reviewing this module is to carefully review email etiquette when communicating in a professional manner. This can display a sense of maturity and organization if your email’s are written and formatted in the correct way. And maybe even more so, the other way around is jut as true! If you send a professional email but it looks like it is formatted like a text message, then the person you are writing to my begin to think that you are not prepared or mindful of your position. This is just something to be aware of as you email teachers and possible employers! I learned this information in slide 8 of the lesson plan for this weeks module, and one of the main things that I took from it, as well as what I previously mentioned, is to proofread your message and use spellcheck! This can make all the difference in a professional setting or competition between you and someone else for a job!
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