Introduction to Communication
Discuss Question 1
Think of someone (or something) who has an influence on how you perceive things. Do you feel that influence is undue influence? What factors influence how you perceive educational information?
Throughout the years, I have always had the push and the motivation to succeed in whatever I set my hands upon. As a result, this has motivated me and influenced me into reading motivational books by authors one could deem to have attained success. I have read this book in the light of striving to leave like these people, or putting into action whatever they have stated in their books. Over time, as I have been pondering about this question, I believe that my whole idea of striving to copy some of the facets discussed in motivation books has had undue influence on me. What I have learned is that success is subjective, and does not similarly happen to all of use. As a result, one cannot enhance what another individual has done and fuse it to their success story. Instead, I believe that one should strive to do what they can or they are talented in a unique way. In this regard, I take my education very passionately, citing that the values and culture that educational information has instilled in me has positively impacted me.
Discuss Question 2
Reflecting on the following list, what is the latest acceptable time for arriving at each event?
- Religious services On time
- Class On time
- Doctor On time
- A birthday party at a bar In time
- A birthday party at an acquaintance house On time
- Library On time
- Dinner at the house where you grew up In time
- Movie On time
Which events are more clearly aligned with either monochronic or polychronic time systems? How does your personal view on time systems impact your time management? Which of Randy Pausch’s time management strategies can you utilize to ensure your success in the online classroom?
Monochronic time systems infers to a culture of people who prefer do just one thing after another, in a manner that portrays orderliness. On the other hand, polychromic cultures infer to systems or cultures in which people prefer to get a multiple or a number of things done together at the same time. Gathering from the definition of the time, monochromic time systems more clearly align to events that need subjective and clear consideration in terms of time appropriated, and consequently in the way the event is carried out. Contrastively, polychromic time systems are for events which do not quite matter or which do not have any consequence failure to be done precisely. An example of an event that would fall in line of a polychromic time system is watching a movie, while eating a favorite snack or commenting to an irrelevant post on social media.
On a personal note, I hold time as very precious and integral in all my doings. As a result, I wake up early and strive to prepare my day in advance by gathering to understand what needs to be done and at what time. In this regard, I try to get much of what demands a lot of thinking in the morning, citing that my brain is more active then, and then is saved for later on in the day, while the least important activities I tend to perform them in the afternoon. Essentially, I try to get what I am expected to do in a punctual manner, and within a certain set timeframe.
With respect to Randy Pausch’s time management strategies, in his four quadrants, I tend to observe how to avoid wasting time, and how to set goals. In this regard, I split my time around taking in more time that I could utilize in studying, instead of having fun or simply entertaining myself. Also, I tend to set goals, every day, by creating a list of the things that I have set out to achieve and ensuring before the end day that I have ticked out each and every item on the written list.