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A challenge for me this week was finding a balance between the simulation and the test and assignment I had due this week. As a result, I found myself under large amounts of stress, which resulted in my mind not being in the right place during the team meeting and my lack of contribution, which is disappointing to say the least.

Drucker (2005) raises interesting questions that closely relate to my situation this week. These questions included; “Do I perform well under stress, or do I need a highly structured and predictable environment?”. This caused me to evaluate and discover that maybe perhaps a bit of both? I am one to often perform relatively well under pressure, however, that doesn’t mean that I don’t necessarily need structure and a plan of action.

In analysing this issue, I have found answers in the Shwartz (2007) reading, in particular about managing my energy. “It’s far more efficient to fully focus for 90 to 120 minutes, take a true break, and then fully focus on the next activity” (Shwartz, 2007), this statement is particularly relevant to me as I do prefer to focus on one thing at a time, and I am much more effective at this than if I am juggling multiple tasks. However, the problem this week was my inability to focus on just one thing, which lead to the stress and inability to contribute to my best efforts at the team meeting.

A solution to this, is I will actively focus on breaking my tasks up and focussing on one at a time in order to avoid a repeat of this week. Hopefully this will act as a way of avoiding large amounts of stress, and being more efficient both in the group meetings, and at uni in general.

 

 

References:

Daudelin, W. M. (1996). Learning from experience through reflection. Organizational
Dynamics, 24
(3), 36-48

Drucker, P. F. (2005). Managing oneself. Harvard Business Review83(1), 100–109. 

Schwartz, T. (2007). Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time. Harvard Business Review85(10), 63–73. 

3 Comments

  1. Evening Conor, 

    It's definitely that time of the semester where everything seems to be piling up around our ears, don't be too hard on yourself for not contributing as much as usual. That being said, it is also important to efficiently manage your time and I think you have found a very good reference relating to that and hopefully will be able to manage yourself more effectively in future. 

    I liked how in-depth you were on what your problems were, why they were occuring, and how they can be improved. It shows a good level of understanding of oneself as a result of experience, which is really the point of these journals. 

    Keep up the good work and best of luck in future rollovers!

    Sean

  2. Hi there Conor,

    I completely understand the stress you must be in balancing other assignments as i had a massive one this last week as well, i like the theory of being able to manage your time so that one is most efficient in what they must do. The theory u linked to your week's problem was quite good and your action seems the most sensible.

    I wish you luck for the rest of the semester!

  3. Hi!! I as well feel you, this time of year can be really stressful as the semester is coming to a close! You have clearly set out your problem and how to can be managed next time which is very good! Good luck (smile)