1.31.17 Time Management: What time management strategies did you use last semester? How well did they work?
Last semester I didn't have what you would call strong time management strategies. One strategy I employed was taking breaks from studying to keep myself fresh and maximize my efficiency, the problem with this was that I tended to get distracted and spend more time on my breaks then I did studying. Something I also tried to institute was a multiple day study plan that built on each day leading the exam, the problem with this would be that I would slack off on the most distant study days and would still cram the day and night before.
When considering mindsets, I would say that I have a fixed mindset with a tendency to be a growth mindset. I try to always keep a growth mindset as I go through my week but I usually find myself slipping back into a fixed mindset. This is a constant battle that I wage everyday. When things are going well it is easy to be positive and stay on the right track but as I start hitting roadblocks and having challenges it is easy to fall into old ways of thinking. I think the important thing is that I recognize when I am reverting to old habits and can make adjustments based on what I observe in my thinking and behavior.
Procrastination has unfortunately been a big part of my life both before and during college, but I have definitely seen it affect my life much more acutely in the last two years. After getting to school, I soon fell into a rut of extreme procrastination; I would procrastinate for an entire day and then study for two hours before taking a 7pm exam. My homework would remain incomplete until the last week of the semester. I would be finishing up a project and printing it while running late for the class for which it was due. Even non-school related thing have been put off until the last second: paying tickets, buying tickets, getting my car fixed, and everything else that was not needed to be done that instant. I think its a bad habit that takes daily practice to break and which I still am held by, yet not quite as badly now.