#13 Perspective and planning

Dear LWSers,

End of Term 1: Today marks the last day of the academic term (make-up day) with centralized exams starting tomorrow. How you currently feel likely depends on whether you have projects, papers, and examinations in the coming days.

Perspective: This is a good reminder that in life, how we feel about a situation depends on our perspective. Two hours is 120 minutes long, no matter what you do. How long two hours feels, however, varies significantly. Two hours waiting in line or sitting in a class you do not enjoy can seem like an eternity, yet two hours until the deadline for your term paper or spent on vacation can go by in an instant.

Plan ahead: So what? Because all of us has limited time, and time waits for no one, an important tool that will serve you not only during your time in university, but for the rest of your life is time management, which I view from the perspective of planning. First, figure out what is important to you and set goals – try to be specific. Second, learn what you need to do to reach your goal. If you don’t know, ask people who have done it before or research online. Third, prioritize! Some things are more important than others, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little bit of fun. Like Prof. Fok said a couple months ago, a short nap, games, or chat with friends, even though they don’t feel “productive” can help you focus and de-stress.

Good luck with projects and exams and hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Season’s Greetings!

Jeff Ng, PhD, CPA

Associate Professor, School of Accountancy

Dean of Students, Lee Woo Sing College (Room G08, South Block)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong