Friday, 10th March 2017: Time Management and Managing Roles by Madeha Suleman & Urooj Mazhar
The 1st half of the session was taken by Ms. Madeha Suleman and the session revolved around stress management. The instructor discussed the probable effects of stress on the quality of work and how procrastination in fulfilling tasks/duties can lead to sub-standard work.
The instructor discussed the Time Management matrix that classifies the types of tasks in terms of their urgency and importance. This helped give participants clarity as to what tasks they should focus on, which ones to manage and which ones to avoid. Ms. Madeha also discussed some stress related disorders and diseases (behavioral and emotional) and the different stress responses that may result from a crisis situation. This helped participants in developing an understanding of how to deal with critical situations. One example discussed in the class was of Abraham Lincoln, who used to write down events that angered him, and then read the list the very next day to find out whether they were due to his personal stress or the matter was actually a grave one. This helped Abraham Lincoln respond better to the situation and did not run the risk of ruining his personal/work relationships.
The 2nd half of the session was taken by Ms. Urooj Mazhar which was focused on managing roles and responsibilities. The instructor conducted an activity whereby the participants wrote down on a piece of paper, about the things that they usually blame others for. 6 volunteers were then called upon to sort out the notes that could be classified under 'Daira-e-Fiqar' or 'Daira-e-Asar'; the factors that are out of personal control and factors that are actually in control. The lesson learnt from this activity was that half of the things that people worry about are not in their personal control.
The instructor emphasized on setting limits with people as to what is appropriate and what is not. This also involves verbalizing personal feelings rather than keeping them inside. An activity was conducted with 4 individuals to demonstrate the importance of personal space. After the activity, all the participants commented that they felt suffocated or uncomfortable when the other person came too close so they stopped their partner using certain cues. This situation depicted how girls from a very young age are never taught to say no which leads to a compromise on personal space. This also helped understand the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say no.