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unless it is absolutely necessary. Another internal weakness is that I have a strong, compulsive need to do things quickly and remove them from my "to do" list, and sometimes the quality of my work suffers as a resultOpportunitiesIn week one, the biggest opportunity was to improve my APA writing skills. After learningthe resources in this classes, I have been able to get better at citing the work of others and formatting my references’ list. My opportunities now include using social networks to build my Personal Learning Network (PLN) as well as attending leadership and business conferences to improve my leadership skills. Becoming a better leader is also very important and by practicing a leadership style, I can eventually determine the kind of leader I am or wish to become. ThreatsThe main threat is family obligations and work. Commitment to professional and personal development can be threatened when you have other obligations such as family and work. Many of us independent scholars are faced with this significant threat that can force us to drop out. Baker (2014) was faced with the same challenge and her support system helped her overcome it. Iplan to follow Baker’s advice and surround myself with positive and supportive colleagues and family members that will support me throughout this journey. Personal Style and Preferences Time Management System Design4
Upon completing the exercises, I realize that my goals are well defined when it comes to working in financial markets. Meeting deadlines is also easier for me when forecasting and planning my day to evaluate my current task prominence (Laureate Education, 2016c). I tend to procrastinate when it comes to completing weekly discussions and assignments. Although I always meet the deadlines even if procrastination got in the way. My energy cycles and sources exercise demonstrated that evenings are the best time for me to focus on daily activities and mornings are usually the worst time for me to get assignments done, which explains why I seem to procrastinate until late evenings to complete discussions. When my energy is flagging, I can usually recharge by listening to music and reviewing my goals to get myself motivated.Strategy and DesignDaily calendarMy day typically begins with analyzing my daily calendar and organizing the volume of time on every activity to increase productivity and effectiveness (Hellgren, 2014). Ibegin my day with going over daily tasks and activities prioritizing those tasks. I then spend two to three hours reading the learning resources for the week and completing the discussions and assignments. Afterreading the learning resources, I usually like to discuss certain articles with colleagues and peers in my PLN. During the work week, I find downtime at work to work on the big picture goals. I use the downtime to study materials for the series 66 exam to become a licensed financial advisor.