Successful Intelligence Connections Online
Listen to author Sarah Kravits describe how to use analytical, creative, and practical intelligence to manage your time and tasks when working through a writing project.
Welcome to Successful Intelligence Connections Online. I’m Sarah Lyman Kravits, one of the authors of Keys to Success, and this podcast links up with Chapter 8.
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How many times has it happened? You receive the writing assignment, you note the due date in your book or PDA, you note with a relaxed feeling that you have a month to get it done. Then seemingly overnight, you are up at 2 AM, paralyzed with writer’s cramp, counting the hours until you have to turn it in, scrambling for research online, flipping out when your Internet connection goes down, and wondering how things went so wrong. Countless students have found themselves in this predicament, turning in papers that are not their best and suffering the kind of grades that tend to surface on sub-par work. Use your successful intelligence to escape this fate.
Start with analytical questions about your writing process. Do you work in stages, or do you habitually leave everything until the last minute, feeling rushed and harried as you plough ahead to the finish line? Do you schedule research sessions in the library early on, or do you find yourself frantically Googling the night before the paper is due? Do you plan differently depending on the class or other circumstances? What are your grade and learning results depending on your course of action?
Being creative will help you come up with ways to break harmful habits when it comes to writing projects that stretch out over time. Brainstorm ways to improve your calendar maintenance. Might you set and note interim dates for paper tasks – research, thesis statement, first draft, revise – and then note them in a particular color on your wall calendar? Could you put an alarm in your PDA to remind you that you need to get a draft or revision taken care of? Maybe you like to work in one large block of time for smaller papers, but not the day before they are due. Could you set aside a day two weeks before the due date?
Get your practical engine in gear with your next paper by using some of the strategies you’ve come up with. Look now at when it is due, and implement a scheduling plan that should help you stay on top of things. Give yourself minor due dates for interim tasks, and stick to your plan. Here’s hoping that it will help you save your energy for solid, creative, comprehensive writing work, rather than expending it on the last-minute crush.