This week, I learned a lot about how films have changed over time from episode 1 of The Story of Film and I learned a lot during the meeting with Mark Cousins. I also wrote my first script in a while and I made my first ever shot list.
I unfortunately was not able to go on a walk today, but I still gave myself some time to reflect on this subject and how it appears in my life. Based on the lists of ways to increase happiness levels, I think I do a pretty good job in maximizing my production of those brain chemicals. I exercise regularly, which applies to all of the brain chemicals listed. In regards to dopamine, I make a to-do list everyday and check off a task when I’ve completed it, which I have noticed does give me a sense of relief and joy. I pet my cats and listen to music everyday, which should increase my oxytocin levels. For more endorphins, I laugh everyday, eat dark chocolate pretty often, and I do high-intensity interval training 2 or 3 times a week. The list of serotonin increasing activities doesn’t have many things I’ve been doing lately, but I do still exercise and eat the foods that are included in the list. I wasn’t aware of it, but it seems like the things I regularly do increase the levels of these brain chemicals. If I wanted to increase those levels, I think I’d try out cold showers and meditation.
WHAT I LEARNED and PROBLEMS I SOLVED
What I Learned: In this class, I learned a lot from Mark Cousins, like what kind of mindset you need to start making films and how it’s important to be weird. Outside of this class, I learned a few sewing skills from my mom which will hopefully come in handy later in my life.
Problem Solving: This week, I solved a problem with a National Honors Society member, as they were having trouble opening the slideshows from previous meetings on Schoology. I was able to communicate with the other officers and our advisor on the issue and quickly fixed the problem.
My week has been quite stressful, as I have multiple big projects that I need to be working on and calculus is really kicking my butt. However, there were some positive things that came out of my work on my English project, because I was able to access some of my hidden creativity to make something very artistically pleasing (in my opinion). I also cut my hair again, which was a nice change to the usual never-ending repetition that happens each week.
CLASSROOM (THEORY & ANALYSIS)
You are going to learn to develop your own version of David Allen’s Getting Things Done(GTD) process in this ‘room.’
I watched the book summary video and read the de-stressing article and I found both of them to be really interesting. I thought the “mind sweep before bed” routine that was included in the teen stress article sounded helpful. I might have to try that out sometime this week. The whole idea of finding a way to organize my thoughts and my mental to-do list is very exciting and I look forward to finding a routine and system that’s successful for me. I already have a physical planner and to-do list that I write and check-off each day, but it’s not organized with the depth and intention that Allen discusses.
What I Learned: In this class, I learned about how the Trello system works and I started to get an idea of what GTD system will be successful for me. Outside of this class, I learned that most flu shots contain a small amount of egg proteins and are manufactured using egg-based technology.
Problem Solving: One problem that I solved this week was a continued issue with my Chromebook and the WiFi at my house. I mentioned this last week in my problem solving section because I thought my internet issues were solved and out of the way. However, as I started class on Monday, my computer was once again moving slowly, or in some cases, not at all. Though the problem had a huge impact on my ability to work, it was pretty simple to solve; I just had to reset the router and restart my Chromebook.
Your toughest work is defining what your work is! – Peter Drucker
This week wasn’t too stressful in regards to schoolwork, but at the same time, it was also one of the most stressful weeks of my life and it continues to be as the election is still not over. In regards to what I did this week, I went on a walk with my mom and my brother, and I was able to play some volleyball for the first time in a while. I’m also attempting to learn a couple songs on piano, bass, and possibly guitar (we’ll see how that goes).
PRACTICE ROOM (TUTORIALS)
In this ‘room’ you are going to try Getting Things Done(GTD).
I thought this interview was really interesting, and the part that stood out to me the most was when he said that people don’t capture everything they need to do. Instead, we often times only give attention to the things we perceive as being the “most important” tasks.
As I began my walk, the David Allen interview was fresh on my mind, so it was the first thing I thought about. The part of the interview that really resonated with me was his mention of capturing every task that’s in your head. As someone who writes a to-do list in a planner, I know that I don’t write down the little things that I have to do each day. I decide what the most important tasks are for the day, even though those seemingly insignificant tasks are still on my mind. For the rest of my walk, I really only paid attention to my surroundings, looking at every little tree and mushroom, listening to every distant sound, and feeling the rain. It was a very peaceful walk, and I was quite happy to have the rain with me. It seems like this is an unpopular opinion, but I always look forward to the cold, rainy weather of fall and winter in Olympia.
OPTIONAL EXERCISE – Literally, read the article and go for another walk 🙂
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What I Learned: One thing that I learned this week in this class is that having physical, emotional, and mental energy is crucial in finding success. Outside of this class, I learned about the origin of the electoral college and more about just how the electoral college works.
Problem Solving: One problem that I have to consistently solve every day of every week is the problem of how I will manage my time for the day so I can be as successful as possible. Usually, this problem is very difficult to solve on Wednesdays, just because there is so much to do in what always ends up being a shorter amount of time than I expected. I had to solve a few problems with my Chromebook this week, as my gmail was blocked and everything on my computer was loading really slowly. To solve the gmail problem, I had to call the OSD technology help number and basically reset my entire computer, and to solve the slow loading state of my Chromebook, I just had to turn my computer off and on.