I’ve always known that I can sometimes procrastinate. I have pretty much overcome that problem by tackling assignments as soon as I have them. I like to complete them as soon as I can and get them turned in so I feel like I have accomplished something. Also, I’ve learned to focus to get the task completed efficiently (for the most part).
The following is my attention log for five different sessions.
7/20/15 This session took place in my living room on both my cell phone and my laptop computer. The session lasted approximately 15 minutes (okay, it turned into about 30). Initially, I went on to check my coursework, but quickly got sidetracked. I checked my coursework quickly, but found myself wanting to check my items on Ebay and wanting to check to see if I had gotten any more responses to horse sale ads I had on Facebook. I felt like I was accomplishing a lot, but didn’t feel focused enough to work on my schoolwork.
7/20/15 This session took place in my bedroom right before bed. This session lasted 15 minutes because I diligently made myself shut it down so I could get some sleep. This session was performed on my cell phone. I checked my Ebay items to see that no one had bid on them yet. I also checked Facebook to see if I had any more responses on horses I had for sale. I felt uneasy when I shut down and tried to go to sleep.
7/21/15 This session took place in my classroom at school. At the present time, this session has lasted over two hours. I am using my school laptop. I printed off my two assignment sheets and started to work. I felt like I was accomplishing a lot. I completed both blogging assignments and played with some new technology tools. I have accomplished a lot, but need to accomplish more. I need to upload some of my Daily Creates and get that log done and blogged about. Taking a small bathroom break now (which after over two hours is quite a feet)!
I just completed another 2 hour session in my classroom utilizing my school laptop computer. Aside from the few minor technical difficulties, I feel like I’ve accomplished a ton of stuff (mostly for class). I’ve had fewer disruptions here than I do at home, although I have had 2 calls and one text from my daughter.
I logged on this morning from my living room simply to check on Twitter and WordPress. I anticipated spending about 5-10 minutes reviewing the information there, however, it didn’t take that long. Instead of shutting down the connection, however, I decided to check Facebook and then play an online game. I was bored, but I also knew I was wasting time. Instead of the initial 5-10 minutes I planned, I spent about 25 minutes browsing around.
I noticed that when I was focused on a particular project or assignment and was sitting at a desk, I was very efficient. I focused easily and cranked out some good information. I was sitting up straight even with my feet on my chair. My shoulders were back and I had better posture. When I was in a more casual setting, I tended to be easier to distract. I was often on my coach or in my easy chair. I was often not sitting as straight as I was in my school setting.
This might be an interesting “project” to give my classes this fall. Let’s see what their attention logs look like. Maybe they will see a correlation between where they do their homework and how they physically and mentally approach it and the quality of their work.