|How I spent my time this week.|
Week 4 Reflection
This past week I have been very diligent in recording how I spent my time. I noticed certain patterns of the way I chose to spend my day. I consistently wake up around the same time every day, roughly around 7 or 7:30. Most days I would wake up, get dressed and then I went to eat breakfast. While at breakfast I would look over my notes and do some studying before my first class at 9 am. Also while eating breakfast I made a plan of how I was going to spend my day. One thing I learned in my ASC class was that a person is more likely to follow through with their actions if there is a specific agenda planned ahead. I found this to be very true for me. In the morning’s I cross things off and update the homework assignments and projects in my planner. This helps me know what assignments are due and how to prioritize. Making a plan for how I am going to spend my day helps me be more organized and productive. I have discovered it is very beneficial for me to give myself an hour in the morning to eat breakfast, plan my day and get organized. I noticed I am more awake for my classes and more productive if I wake up earlier to eat. If I know that if there is something fun going on at night with my friends that I need to have been consistently productive during the day time. That means there isn’t a whole lot of time for me to take a nap in the afternoon, or catch up with my friends in-between or after class. The time in between my classes is used to do my homework or readings.
What I can Improve on...
I have found it is really hard to stay disciplined in doing my studying during the day when I see all my friends outside laying in their hammocks. I know I could join them, but I also know the reality of how much work I would accomplish, which is none. It takes a lot of willpower to say no to the other activities going on. However, I need to get better at prioritizing and choosing which actives I want to participate in the most. I am hoping I will improve on this over time with the new habits I am working on developing. That habit being waking up early every morning to plan out my day.
A way I could spend my time more effectively is by limiting the time I spend looking at social media during the day. It is so easy for me to pick up my phone to reply to a text, then next thing I know 45 minutes go by and I have looked through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other social media website you can think of. Anything is more interesting that reading two chapters of a textbook. By rewarding myself with 5 to 10 minutes of social media time after I complete a homework assignment I found I am more productive throughout my day.
|My friend Bethany and I. She assists me academically through tutoring me in Spanish.|
|Every morning I update my planner to help me stay organized.|