What goals do I have?

My aim is to make schedule planning and time management a habit that is hard to lose. That way, I can take it with me wherever I go, and it will become second-nature. I also aims to organise myself consistently.

What have I learned recently?

In the past few weeks, I have learned about how want I allocate my time, and how time management isn’t a difficult task if you can focus. I have learned to how to plan ahead, how to structure my day. This not only works better for me, but it ensures that I don’t disrupt that pattern and am able to stick to a schedule.

 

#Failwell – C1 test reflection

On receiving my test I felt…

I felt a bit anxious about the structured questions rather than the MCQ’s.

One thing I did well was…

I was able to explain and go into depth when answering structured questions. This means that for questions that begin with “State and explain…” I can analyse all the factors that are involved with the subject of the question, and explain them in an understandable manner.

I could’ve done…better…

I look to developing my skills when it comes to analysing graphs, and making sure that I am noticing as much details as possible.

I have learnt that…is important

The number of points earned for a question are important to consider, as they determine how many reasons/factors the examiner is looking for.

I will fail well now by…

reflecting on my flaws and successes, to see what I can do better and what I should repeat next time.

How I’m currently feeling : 😃

Global perspectives- Mandala reflection

  1. What have you learnt about yourself after this unit?
    • I have learnt the various aspects of my identity that seemed unimportant at the time, but now I understand their value on my life and my relationships.
  2. What have you learnt about how others see you?
    • I learnt that my the symbols included on my sun side are reasonably accurate.
  3. How do the symbols on your mandala relate to external influences of your identity?
    • I used a lot of animals to represent the characteristic included. This was because animals are often associated with emotion and feeling based on their nature.

What is one way I plan to challenge myself this year?

It’s September, which means things have started to take shape and high school is beginning to feel less ‘new’. We are getting used to the change in lifestyle, and other adjustments that come along with being a high schooler. How do we make this transition, or the next two years impactful? Staying balanced and being comfortable is important, but challenging ourselves will not only make high school memorable, but it’ll be there to push us for the rest of our lives. Here one specific way I plan to challenge myself this year:

Make myself busy.

I have always been a busy person when it comes to classes and activities after school. Ever since 6th grade, I was used to comparing my schedule to others, wondering why they have ample leisure time compared to me. But this year, I hope to appreciate the classes that consume my time for several reasons. One, I now have a bigger say in what I want to pursue and what I enjoy doing. Two, I agree that it’s important to use this time to discover new interests, or persist old ones. And three, on a more personal note, having a busy day is actually effective and healthy. Not only does it mean that you spend your time productively, but it also means you avoid wasting your time.

My dad always says “Rest is just a break from work, if you’re tired of math, switch to physics, then back to math”. 

 

Tips for students to stay balanced

During the school year, students experience periods of stress and pressure from exterior sources. This can include academic tension, social pressure, or even personal challenges. We have to keep up with the things happening in our lives to make sure we’re not falling behind.

Some call it staying on top of things, others call it dedication. But from aside those two things, keeping ourselves together requires balance. Balance is a term that can be applied universally, anything from dietary balance to social balance. But one key form of balance is mindfulness.

In order to lead an enriching life, we must understand how our mind works. When we lose ourselves by regretting the past or anticipating the future, we often give our thoughts too much power. We miss out on embracing the present moment. To prevent this, here are some tips in order to stay balanced while experiencing day to day obstacles:

  1.  Stay present. As mentioned above, we give our thoughts the authority to shape our mental state when we are anywhere but present. Here and there, its important to cherish memories, but whatever is in the past cannot be changed. Having a long term perspective and preparing ahead of time is a great skill to have. But when you start missing out on current events because you’re too busy overthinking the future, that’s when you know it’s time to pull yourself back.
  2. Know your priorities. Making sure that you’re investing enough time into things that require more attention will ensure that you end the day on a productive note. When I leave the most dreary tasks for last, I end up letting prior responsibilities expand and consume more of the day, so that I’m left with no more time to complete the things I intended to avoid. But by devoting more time to urgent matters and decreasing the time spent on other things, the difference between important and urgent starts to fall into place. If you get things done efficiently, you can make time for other leisure activities, which are as important.
  3. Set realistic goals. Knowing what works for you and whats possible is key to understanding the environment you work best in and what you should focus on. Personally, long-term goals don’t always work for me because my attitude can change over time. So I tend to work towards short-term goals that are consistent and concise.
  4. Maximise your output. When you’re scrambling to do a last-minute assignment, the quality of your work won’t be as good compared to even a 15 minute focused session. In order to amplify the your productivity, the working process should be really concentrated. Try designating hours in your day specifically allocated for something you need to do. This way, you will get it done while not letting it expand to fill time.

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