How successful was your project? What accounts for that success or lack of success?
My project was semi-successful. I think that the days that my schedule was normal, it went really well. For example, when I had a busy day (Sat) I didn't have the time to do homework so I couldn't even complete my organizational system. When I had a day of just school and home, this system worked extremely well. I had enough time that I could organize myself and actually set chunks of time for different things. Another reason I thought it was successful, is because it worked with the way my brain works. I have found over the years that when I am doing long periods of work, I tend to be less productive and more unmotivated. When I can take breaks and organize my time chunks well, I find myself feeling refreshed and motivated again. This project implemented that, which is what I really think worked well.
What were some of the ups and downs you had in completing this project?
Like I said in the last question, the downs I had on this project was when my schedule was different, and I couldn't organize my time like I wanted to. When I had work, I couldn't start homework until 10 or 10:30 which left me little time to gather my thoughts and break up my time. I basically had to do all of my work at once, while I was already exhausted. The ups that I experienced were on days that I really benefited from the system, and got a lot of work done. Sunday was my favorite example of this. I was able to do almost 4 hours of homework without losing steam or becoming distracted. I think this is due to the intentionality of my time and how I split it up into breaks and no-phone productive times.
What have you learned about setting up and maintaining systems from doing this for a week? About self-discipline?
I learned that 1) whatever you are setting up has to be realistic and manageable for your lifestyle/schedule, and 2) you need to do it longer than a week. When I first made this system for myself, I was thinking about days after school that I didn't have anything, but I wasn't thinking about my full schedule like days that I work. This was really the downfall of my project, and in the future, I need to make .a system that I can do everyday, no matter what. The second thing is that I believe a week was too short. I read somewhere that it takes 3 weeks of doing something everyday to become a habit. I don't think I even remembered to do this system some days, and if I had more time, it would become part of my routine.
If you were going to do this AGAIN with a different system, what would you choose and why?
If I were to do this project again, I would organize my room better. I would create a system for putting clothes away, and also for storing the clothes I don't use. Most of the time when my room is dirty, it is because I have clean clothes everywhere that I just haven't put away yet. I let them pile up, and then once every couple of weeks I have to do a really big clean. This is so inefficient, and I think if I could set up systems where I did a little bit everyday, I could save a lot of time and effort. This is like the chefs in the podcast we listened to where they said it was necessary to clean as they cooked.