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Articulation of a problem

This week was an eye-opener for me. I realise that my problem has been not prioritising my time well and I am overworking.

Analysis of that problem

The Mikes Bikes simulation requires continuous attention each week, however I am spending too much time on something and not seeing results. I am a person that tends to take a huge workload onboard to try and help others, without asking for help when I get stressed.

Formulation and testing of a tentative theory to explain the problem

I realise that a pattern I have for team projects is trying to complete as much work as I can to a high quality however, this class and team dynamic is much more complex and different to other group projects I have been involved in. I am only just realising that I am not working effectively as I am trying to manage my time, instead of my energy as Schwartz (2007) writes. There are many links to performance and energy and I know that I am not performing my best because my problem is not being able to step back and analyse what I need to do to change this.

Action/deciding whether to act

After discussing our firm’s results, I suggested that I will go through my marketing strategies and see areas where I can improve. This process is efficient as I don’t need to spend too long to do this task and I believe it will be beneficial for the overall objectives of the company. As for the rest of the simulation, I have decided to act by acting less. Too much of my time is being consumed with worrying about everything when I need to focus on myself and my decisions. This should help reduce my problem and increase my energy.


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

Schwartz, T. (2007). Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time. Harvard Business Review, 85(10), 63–73. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz/login.aspx?direct=true&db=buh&AN=26555015&site=ehost-live&scope=site

2 Comments

  1. Hi Tessa,

    It is nice to see you are using Daudelin's structure in your writing. However I suggest going more in depth in your learning. You mention the problem, but it would be interesting to read about how you were not prioritising your time well, especially for this course. What are you spending your time on and what made you have to overwork? For example, is it because you were not getting the results you wanted therefore you tried to overwork to try achieve this? These are some recommendations on what you could possibly mention in your future learning journals as I believe having a strong understanding of what you recognise as your problem helps make reflecting the other parts more easily. Overall, hope you find ways to manage everything together! Just a few more weeks to go (smile)

  2. Hey Tessa,

    Agreeing with Sabrina I think you have a solid use of Daudelins structure sorted allowing for an easy flow of reading for us. Elaborating on certain points can help to create more depth for your writing, for example you say it is more complex and different from other projects. How so? What is so different about MikesBikes simulation that really makes you think differently to other group projects you may have experienced. This is one example, I also think you can expand on the use of Schwartz's piece, why is managing energy over time important etc. Overall a good read and I wish you the best in the coming weeks.