Learning Different

Time-Management: The Self-Monitoring Stopwatch

Time-Management Tory Woollcott

Self Monitoring is how well someone can gauge their own performance. Do you not notice when you walk away before you finish something? Do you feel like you done everything expected of you only to find out later that you missed something important? Do you think you’ve finished a list of things but then realize you didn’t? Then you, like me, are crappy at Self Monitoring!

One way I work around this is with a stopwatch, the one on my phone mostly.

I start the stopwatch when I start writing, emailing, drawing or whatever really. This way I’ll know how long it actually takes me to finish something, and  how long I can do something before my mind started to wonder. Two super important things to know about yourself. 

If I start walking away from something I look at the timer. How long was I working? can I keep going? if I start something else, or even get up, I stop the timer and write down how long I lasted.

I find I get competitive with myself, wanting to beat my best time, or at least not go down!

Cognition: That cog in your skull!

Tory Woollcott Cognition

Cognition is how a person gains knowledge and understands the world. When a someone is talking to you about cognition they’re talking about all the different ways your brain works, problem solving, memory, and comprehension.

Everyone’s cognition is different. Some people have a perfect memory but aren’t very creative, some people are super creative but get lost all the time. Everyone is different and everyone's brain work differently. When someone starts talking to you about cognition its hard to know exactly what they are talking about, and it can sound really intimidating.

“oh no my cognition is bad! my brain is busted!”

nope not at all.

It just means you could use some practice. Thinking learning and creativity are a lot like sports, more like sports then a lot of us nerds like to admit. Practice makes all the difference.

Here’s the big secret, to cognition and to learning in general,  use your strength to make up for the weakness, have a crappy memory? fine, now ask yourself, what am I good at? Music, marvellous, let’s make a song of the important dates in world war two (or whatever). Art? amazing let’s draw a timeline. Gaming? great, let’s make a twine game.

I guess all I’m saying is don’t let yourself be defined by one thing, especially not something you are bad at.

not one thing Tory Woollcott