Being task-oriented simply means that you focus on the tasks at hand and work off of that list:
- History: Complete the worksheet
- Math: Answer problems 21-39, odd
- English: Read chapters 3-4 and write sentences for this week's vocab list
- Spanish: conjugate the verbs on this week's list
- Science: study for TOMORROW's test!
Have you considered becoming more...
TIME ORIENTED ??
Being time-oriented means that you focus on the time that you spend, devoting your efforts to one content at a time.
- Your parents tell you that being a student is your full time job: You're in class 45 minutes x 7 periods = 315 minutes per day x 5 week days = 1575 minutes per week / 60 minutes = 26.25 hours per week.
- A full-time job is approximately 40 hours per week.
- How should you spend the remaining 14 hours?
- 14 hours / 5 days = 2 3/4 hours per day
- Arrive home at 3:15, grab a snack
- 3:30-4:00: spend 30 minutes on your hardest class, while you have the most energy
- 4:00-4:30: spend 30 minutes on an easier class for a mental break
- 4:30-5:00: spend 30 minutes on a harder class before dinner
- 5:00-6:00 TALK TO YOUR PARENT(S)/GUARDIAN AND SHOW THEM WHAT YOU DID TODAY.
- 6:00-6:30: eat dinner (including your veggies) and ask your family about their day
- 6:30-7:00: spend 30 minutes on a challenging class
- 7:00-7:30: spend 30 minutes on a challenging class
- 7:30-8:00: spend 30 minutes on the class where you're currently earning your best grades
- 8:00-10:00: watch the TV shows you've DVR'ed all afternoon, check in on social media, tweet/post something positive
- 10:00 shower (if that's your thing at night) and GO TO BED!
Now, how should you spend the time that you are devoting to each class? Take your pick:
- Complete the assigned homework
- Re-write today's notes
- Re-read today's notes
- Pre-read for tomorrow's topic
- Re-read old assessments
- If you were assigned odd problems, try the even ones
- Look up words that confuse(d) you
- Check YouTube/Khan Academy for reviews of topics that confuse(d) you
- If you still have time, do some practice problems for the SAT and ACT
- If you still have time, read for pleasure.
It's fine to make a mistake once in a while; that's part of life, and a big part of adolescence. But you mustn't let your mistakes define you, and what you learn from your mistakes are a greater measure of your character than any achievement that came without effort.
By the way, this post - and the concept - was inspired by an inspiring book - Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell.