This week has been quite a jumble of randomness. Exams finished last Friday and we’ve been told our marks in three out of five subjects. I managed to perform up to my expectations in only one of them – Political Science. History was quite good too but Hindi wasn’t. My Psychology teacher has given me an idea of my score but it clearly was not up to what I could’ve done. In other words, it was a total mess. Our teachers as well as I expect myself to perform better – way better – in the next Test Series coming up in September. I’ve taken time to see where I went wrong and where I need to work more, and though this week I couldn’t put much of my new revision schedule into practice, I hope to get started from Monday. There’s still time enough for me to prepare myself for the next exam season.
One thing that I realized while working on my notes today was that what I was doing was not smart work but hard work. Hard work is necessary, but as our Psychology teacher advised us a few days ago, lecturing the class for its poor performance in this test series, what we need to do is smart work. There are many who can pull of all-nighters and pass with flying colors without really understanding the content, and there are others who can sit with their books for hours on end. But we needed to work smartly. In other words, work effectively in a limited time period rather than spending stretches of hours doing hard work that amounts to nothing. I thought I was already doing smart work, but today when I had too much work to do and not enough time to fit in other priorities (all related to studying) I realized I’d done the mistake of confusing activity with productivity. I was only filling notebooks and not my store of knowledge.
So to change that I’m going to finish all my pending work tomorrow (thankfully there’s not too much of it) and start “smart work” from Monday with a clear head.
This past week I wrote a couple of stories that I actually enjoyed writing and were not as shitty as my usual writing is. I also tried something new – 100 word stories, something I didn’t know I would try some day. I’d manged flash fiction, but I had no idea how to tell a story in just a hundred words. I tried anyways and really enjoyed writing them. Most of them are a little over a hundred words (editing will fix that). One of them, according to my intuition, is gold, but I don’t want to hurry like I’ve done previously. I was excited about the idea when I wrote it, but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since the morning after. I’m keeping myself away from it for some time so that I can look at it with new eyes and see if there’s anything to fix in it. This week has given me three stories that I’m looking forward to working on.
I hope I get some time from my busy schedule to devote to my writing and I wish the same for you.
“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” ― Henry David Thoreau