I’m a big fan of to-do lists. Maybe it’s my OCD leanings, (the completionist in me finds Xbox’s Achievements system hugely compelling …), but there’s something genuinely thrilling about meeting the challenging stare of a task sheet head-on. To-do lists — a staple of pop psychology — are a great way to keep organised. Physically laying out our goals and responsibilities keeps them at the forefront of our minds. Similarly, crossing tasks off gives a feeling of progression; lists remind us that we are accomplishing something — no matter how minor — each and every day.
Holding myself accountable: first week of study and already my to-do list has cracked two pages.
My last post was about general future aspirations. Since then, I’ve had my first classes for all four new publishing subjects. Most of the assessments’ due dates are still weeks off, but the course guide and class discussions have provided a glimpse ahead. This year’s assessments are meatier than anything that’s come before and so it’s in my best interest to stay organised. In the past, I’ve neglected difficult assignments until their deadlines became close enough to bite me on the arse. Rushing assignments is unwise; not only does it cause stress, but the marks you’ll receive won’t be indicative of your true ability. Common Sense 101 says you’re guaranteed to achieve better marks if you patiently pore over your work for a longer period. With this in mind, I’m endeavouring to make small, frequent progressions on my assignments. This way they won’t fester and become monsters.
I may yet write individual posts about these assignments, as some sound interesting (design your own magazine!). This year’s assignments will undoubtably help me improve as a writer. Almost all of them can be approached with degrees of freedom and creativity. Consequently, I’ve found ways to incorporate them into my general writing goals — there are no assignments for assignments’ sake! Interestingly, this year our personal blogs are going to be assessed to make up a percentage of our overall grade. It seems components of NMIT’s Bachelor program have been rewritten to greater prepare us for the still-transitioning digitisation of the publishing industry. An author platform is a veritable necessity these days, so I’m glad we’re being assessed — at least partially — on our own online presence. (Maybe I’m just biased because I’ve come to love blogging.) However this year goes, I think this is inarguably an exciting time to be studying publishing. Here’s to keeping our goals small and manageable.