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