1.31.17: What time management strategies did you use last semester? How well did they work?
I had no time management last semester. This is why I failed a class and ended up on academic probation. I started off the semester on a poor note, focusing on non-academic matters such as my social life, and continued this trend throughout the semester. I constantly told myself that I needed to make a change and that change never came because I failed continuously day in and day out to take that first step. I was uninterested in my studies and this made it hard for me to get my work done. I was absent almost half of the time in my classes that did not take attendance and rarely did I take the time to learn the material on my own until a day or two before an exam. I was a major procrastinator and I was very unmotivated. I knew this was going to adversely affect my future if I kept this up for much longer but I didn't take much action, and when I did, I didn't make it routine like I should have. It was only until my grades were released did I come to the realization that I needed to make a serious effort to improve my work ethic and adopt a real interest if I wanted to continue my studies at Clemson.
I would currently describe my outlook as having a growth mindset. There has been many times in my life when I have adopted the fixed mindset and this does not work. I found myself living in the past instead of looking into the future while focusing on the task at hand. When I failed at something, often times I would give up and try something else even though I knew what I failed at was what I was after. I realize all of this now and understand that it’s not too late to accomplish my goals. It’s never too late to do anything, but it’s always too late to start. I’ve had a great start to the semester and I plan on continuing my productivity, using the concept of momentum to ensure that I do not slip back into having a fixed mindset and not achieving my full potential. I will continue to learn and grow every day, accepting and working towards correcting my failures. If I don’t fail at anything, then I’m not taking enough risks. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Greztky.
Procrastination occurs usually when we're not comfortable. Exams make me uncomfortable, specifically those of math and science. I can never start studying more than three days ahead of time no matter how well I know the material. Procrastination has impacted my life drastically. First of all, it has ruined my grade point average. Second, I will never be truly successful until I am able to complete my work every day, instead of one or two days before an exam. In the past, I always chose product. This was because I constantly procrastinated. My procrastination techniques didn’t work so well, so I figured I would try to learn the material as we learned it in class. Sure enough, my semester is off to a much better start academically. It’s all in the process.
In 20 years, I want my business and my family to be well established. I want to be in upper management level in my career in real estate investment by the time I am pushing 40. I want to have a wife and kids if its meant to be and I want to live in a nice house on the ocean. My two to three kids will be six to ten years in age and will attend preschool/ kindergarten at this time. I want to have seen much of Europe and various islands by this time in my life, as I wish to travel the world. My real goal for twenty years is to be able to provide myself and my family with a healthy, comfortable life and more. I want to be able to give the world to people that are close to me.