Personal Development Plan

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Assignment 7.2: Assembling your Project's Personal Development Plan

Brenda Jackson

JIU

Professor: Dr. Debra Granville

Critical Thinking 100

Introduction

I am attempting a learning experience and trying to create a Personal Development Plan. This plan will be used as a guide to get me through college with knowledge, a degree and the ability to be successful. “How do I attain balance in my life now that I am a JIU student?” is the process I will use to achieve my goals. JIU believes that achieving balance in my life will make me a more successful student, and anything that makes me more successful will help me in life. In order for me to be more successful as a student I will have to maintain my focus and keep the ultimate goal in mine: get a degree while being a successful student. Body of the Paper

I was told to find one article and write a couple of paragraphs on the subject: How do I attain balance in my life now that I am a JIU student? I found so many and the ideas are all so related. I am referencing the ones that I enjoyed the most.

The most important thing to remember in finding balance is that there are ONLY 24 hours in each day and ONLY 168 hours in a week. You can’t manage time; you may only manage yourself and what you do with the time you have.

The best way for me to find balance will be to:
1) Stop procrastinating
2) Work with my advantages
3) Create goals
4) Prioritize my “to do items”
5) Study at my most alert times
6) Focus on what is important to ME

I can attain balance in my life now that I am a JIU student by realizing obtaining a degree is THE goal I wish to achieve and in order to achieve it, I must first stop procrastinating.

“Procrastination is the thief of time.” - Edward Young (1683-1765)

When I overcome procrastination I should experience a sense of accomplishment that I am in charge of my decisions and I will continue to excel at any goal I set. My sense of pride in accomplishing my desires will be by achieving my goal: to obtain a degree.

A rigid schedule will not work for me. I must create a new strategy in order to balance my life: my animals, my family, my studies, my work, and my fun time. Please note that I live alone, with my dogs; my one child is an adult with children, and so my dogs have to rank first because they are dependent upon me for their food, water, toys, and a safe place to sleep.

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I can attain balance in my life now that I am a JIU student by realizing obtaining a degree is THE goal I wish to achieve and in order to achieve it, I must first stop procrastinating.

Giving up my procrastinating lifestyle will make me be more successful as a JIU student.

One of the articles that I selected this week for discussion was an excerpt from California Polytechnic State University on procrastination. According to them procrastination is a psychological behavior. While it affects everyone to some degree, in others it is a cause of stress and anxiety. “Procrastination is only remotely related to time management, (procrastinators often know exactly what they should be doing, even if they cannot do it), which is why very detailed schedules usually are no help.” I agree with them and although I don’t think I am the worst, I do believe that I can do better. The article is short but all the points are believable and not just opinions, I believe they are based on facts.

TRUE Statements

b. If I am working on an assignment and I decide to take a break and get away from it for awhile, I might do a better job. (Sometimes, you have to step away, take a break, sort things out and then start with a fresh out look and a rested spirit.)

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