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Techniques and Practices
Comparison against Others:
This technique involves identifying the problems and improving them for betterment. In business point of view, firms or companies tend to compare their practices with other company’s practices in order to identify loop holes in their system and improvise it to an extent. Basically, the company which is used to compare with the businessperson’s company is the one considered best. As the requirement of this assignment, I deliberately compared my performance in studies. I choose the subject in which I am a bit lost. There is this student who is very much favorite of my teacher in that class. So, as part of my assignments, I silently started observing his practices, so I could identify the problem and improve my performance. From what I noticed, he used to note down every single word the lecturer said and that is exactly what I do as well. There were many qualities which he and I had in common. We both were punctual, disciplined in class; listened carefully to whatever was being explained to us. Moreover, our class participation was also reasonably more than others. We both used to ask question and participated much in the discussion.
It took me a while to finally realize a number of differences which he followed and I did not. With deep observation and one conversation with this person helped gained me the objective of my technique. When I asked him he told me that he even records the lectures to listen to it afterwards in case he needs them. It was a really good idea which I never considered; audio recording the lecture can be pretty beneficial when you don’t understand any concept later you can just listen to the lecture again.
Apart from that, I came to know that he used to educate himself through watching videos and getting a wider touch of the concepts which our teacher told us. He said, it really helped him in thinking out of the box and he used to give many real life examples which he thinks made the lecturer admire his paper. I liked that idea of thinking out of the box and being creative and coming up with examples of the real world, examples, other than what we usually learn in our class time. A whole lot of class learns that same example and everyone almost write the same in their assessments. But those who can come up with their innovative ideas and real life examples can put an impression on their teachers and probably obtain better understanding of the concept.
I was an average student in that subject and this other person to whom I was comparing my activities was very much good in that subject, best actually. I had tried many times in previous class tests to score better than him but every time I was left with a 5 marks margin. I had reached to a point where I stopped caring but soon when I realized after this technique that I should simply compare our activities. now, that I have identified the innovative practices which I lack, I have a very positive feeling that I can score better this time after applying the two new practices I have gathered.
I really liked this technique; it has the potential to motivate anyone who uses this technique. I would really admire and use this technique again whenever sooner or later I am in this situation. This is very thoughtful to look for someone who is best and simply compare and identify what you are doing wrong? Because knowing the problem is necessary in order to improvise.
As soon as I read about this technique I immediately knew where I could apply it in my daily practice. As I am not very much of a good shopper and I have faced embarrassment many times when I simply forget what I went to buy. It’s just get so tricky with so many things available, all attracting you, in super attractive packages, snatching your money at once. Then, I simply decided to make a list to organize my personal finance. A number of problems I have usually faced when I go in a grocery shop include wondering and staring at stuff, remembering what was I supposed to do next, I never estimate my spending, and I usually just loose it all.
After applying the technique of making a list I realized that it had made my personal finance management so much easier in so many ways. It had helped in saving my time. I made a list of item. After I was complete with it. I started estimated my expenses. To my surprise it was much greater than I even had in my pocket. Saving me from the embarrassment of returning back the stuff at the counter, it helped me in saving my money. By eliminating unnecessary purchases that I would have made without realizing that it costs me more than I think.
I went to the grocery store and few other stores so I can now start my spending and identify the benefits it provides me. The one thing which was very promising by the end of my checklist is that it saved my time. Rather than wondering about the next step. I simply bought thing on my list. I checked the things I bought and moved on to the next one without wasting my time. Also the lists keeps you busy if trust it and you don’t look at other thing which attracts you. One reason is that you have already estimated the expenses and you know the total money you have got. This way it is very logical that you do not waste your time and as well as your money on things which are unnecessary and because of those you may forget to buy the ones which were necessary.
Conversely, it provided me few other benefits as well. Apart from saving me time and money, it also saved me energy. I realize it help me to organize my thoughts and ideas which were floating in my head, I was able to put those thoughts into a structure well defined so I could actually make it work. Rather that only thinking and wondering about things I liked to do, I wrote down the details in a structure of a checklist, putting them in order, and then looking for ways so I can obtain the first item.
Nevertheless, using this as my practice, I realized this is the best way of organizing and managing my personal finance in order to avoid unnecessary purchases, saving time and also saving energy. Businesses can take a broad range of advantages from this technique. Provided they use it in the right manner. At personal level, for instance in my case, as per my finance managing activity this technique was very beneficial. But for higher level, there might be critical thinking and experts involved to design the checklist when satisfies the requirement of that particular business. the design process of the checklist can be a time consuming process in wider cases but at a personal level or small finance management this checklist technique would by my first suggestion and as well as choice, due to the reason that it’s handy and the inexpensive use of resources for producing the list. I really liked this technique, and I am willing to use this technique every time to manage my personal finance. Apart from that, I am to use it in my learning process, may be then I will not forget to complete my assignments on time rather than missing them and regretting later, checklists have the potential to be beneficial in many areas.
Squeeze and Stretch:
As simple as this technique sounded at first it managed to catch my attention. I was really unsure about how would I actually implement in it my daily routine after analyzing it closer. I had this habit of avoiding survey assignments which are a part of my studies. I tried to implement the squeeze and stretch in order to further analyze my problems. As with the squeezing part of the analysis, few questions I could think was “why am I doing surveys” to which I answered because my teacher wants me to. “Why does my teacher want me to”, well I guess it’s the demand of my course which concerns Research method skills. Then ultimately a range of “why” factor questions popped up on my mind. For instance, “Why do we need to do Research”, personally I guess we do it to rationally prove any idea rather than just claiming it to be true, conducting thorough research can prove the authenticity of whatever the objective of the research is.
These range to why questions helped me in identifying the basic ingredients and basically the main purpose of conducting surveys. Then, I moved on to stretch the problem in order to identify if it does any advantage in making the problem clearer. The number of what questions was many, it had no limits, and like a child asks about everything he sees, I was questioning almost every inch of my problem. From “What is a survey research” to “what is education” I basically lost the track. It did a little to help me in solving my problem.
Unlike other two techniques, which I found very convenient and useful, this technique was an easy one to implement but harder was to get the objective out of it. I almost asked too many irrelevant questions to myself; helping me in getting a clearer view of my problem. I was left with a hand full of questions of what and why. To which I could answer, but it did not direct me to motivate to achieve my goals and boost my interest in survey research. This technique helped me in identifying my problem and having a better understanding of my problem. But what it did not provide me is the direction in which I could follow to solve my problem.
Nevertheless, the main objective of the technique was fulfilled, which I think was to give a clear view of my problem. If the number of questions can be made as minimum and as a matter of fact, relevant, this technique can be used to provide benefits in many areas of business or where the problem is ambiguous. It is a very natural way, asking questions to our lecturers are how we normally deal with problems or concepts that we do not understand.
Personally, I would say, the scope of this technique is wider; I suppose it can be used in business areas where problem is very ambiguous and more importantly where complexity levels are higher. In situations like these, where problem can be identified in a range of ‘what’s’ and ‘whys’ the other techniques can be used to save time and energy.
I liked the technique to an extent where problem solving can be made easier by achieving the very first step which is to identify the problem. The stretch and squeeze technique helped in identifying my survey problem. I now know to an extent the problem is that I am not interested in the topic which I am asked to research. I would use this technique again in order to get better in using it. As I have practiced this technique in my daily life problem solving of just one area, I have got the basic idea, the resources and the limitations which I had to face. Apart from that, the only thing which confuses me is the range of the questions which exceed from its limits almost leaving you clueless. The wide range of questions however gives you more knowledge as well.