Time Management and Goals Essay

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Jessica Fordyce
May 30, 2013
Time: 8:00a.m.-11:50a.m.
Chapter 2
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1. What are the advantages of using a planner? How would it help you manage you school commitments? The advantages of you using a planner will keep track of events and commitments, schedule goal-related tasks and rank task according to priorities. This will help you manage you school commitments by not becoming a procrastinator. You follow your weekly schedule and by the time you know it everything can be completed and you will have much free time to spare. It can lead you quicker to your goals, help with reminder events and keep you motivated. 2. Why is downtime important in your schedule?

Downtime is important in your schedule because everyone needs that in their life. It will refresh you and improve your productivity when you get back on task. Being busy all day can cause stress, therefore all you need is an hour or more to just breathe and relax. Be sure to squeeze a little downtime into your schedule that way you can accomplish all your tasks with no problem and worry free.

3. Why do people procrastinate? Give at least three reasons.

It’s human, and common for busy students, to leave difficult tasks until later. Procrastination can develop into a habit that causes serious problems. The first reason in why people procrastinate is because of perfection. In other words the perfectionist procrastinator thinks that not trying is better than an attempt that falls short or perfection. Another reason people procrastinate is the fear of limitations, for example people try to avoid the truth about what he or she can achieve. Last is being unsure of the next step. When a procrastinator is unsure of the next step he or she may get stuck and does not know what to do next, sometimes it just seems easier to procrastinate on that task rather than jump into the next level. Essays

1. What are your current stressors? Identify your top three and place them in order of most stressful to least. Describe your plan to deal with these top three stressors. Be specific.

As a college student, a full-time mother, and working full time I find it difficult to manage all three. One of my biggest stressors is working full-time, trying to provide enough shelter and food on the table for my son. Managing work and school is a huge stressor, for example trying to maintain good grades and do my homework and assignments on top of worrying if I have enough money for next month’s rent. At times this task can be very stressful because it’s not only your future and your life, it’s also the little one you brought into this worlds future. The last thing I find can be stressful is being a full-time mother and managing the house, bills, daycare, and the kids. Not all the time do children listen, especially when you are trying to clean the house in enough time to were you have time to do homework, wash clothes, give the child a bath and lay him or her down to sleep.

How I plan to manage my stressors is to take a breather. Manage my time a little better, and give myself some me time. I plan to keep a daily planner and write down everything that needs to get done that day. Another way I can manage my tasks is to spread some of my chores out, like the clothes and dishes and so on. The last but not least way I plan to manage my stressors is to get a little more help around the house. Give me less chores to do, this way I can manage my time and get things down in an ordinarily fashion with no stress.

2. What academic goal have you set for yourself this term? Describe two short-term goals that will help you achieve you goal. Show how these short-term goals support the larger goal.

Everyone has a goal in life, even young kids have hopes and dreams for their future. The academic goal I set for myself this term is to accomplish A’s and B’s, this way I can manage to test out of some of my classes. A short-term goal that will help me achieve this task...
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