How do I Escape the Paperwork?...
I have to admit that when I was going through graduate school I got what I considered to be the "paperwork blues." I felt like there was never a day that would pass by where the paperwork was decreasing. I felt like the man in this picture that is to the left, no matter where I would go, there was always more paperwork.
So the tips provided below form the acronym PACES which is what helped me to manage the "paperwork blues"...
After you get paperwork that you have to do for the day, week, month or year.... It is important that you prioritize what order you are going to complete each task. Prioritizing can be based on deadline of paperwork, the amount of time it may take you to complete reports, or other factors. I always like to prioritize first before doing anything else.
This tip speaks for itself, but you have to attack the paperwork so that you can be that much closer to completing the task. The longer one delays or procrasitinates the longer it takes to complete the paperwork.
Once you start the paperwork, fully complete each task in the order that you prioritized everything. Unless, there is a project that comes up unexpectedly that is due before.
After you complete your paperwork, celebrate the experience because it is exciting. Whether you just completed a report that you know was awesome, or you wrote a lesson plan that you are excited to implement with your client...It is important to celebrate all paperwork experiences because they are helping to develop your skills as a Speech Language Pathologist.
Don't forget to schedule the next set of paperwork deadlines. Also sometimes different strategies come up along the way that can be helpful to incorporate for the next set of paperwork. This can help ease the "paperwork blues" the next time.
Even after graduate school, I still continue to use the PACES acronym to help when I am completing my paperwork. With all of the developing gadgets and latest technology on the rise, maybe one day we can decrease the amount of paperwork. Until then....I guess there really is no escape from the paperwork.
Happy Wednesday Everyone and I am so happy to be back on track blogging. Thank you for your continued support, looking forward to an amazing year of new followers and fun blog posts.
6/10/2014 11:43:41 am
I appreciate your suggestion that students should take an occasional break in their work to celebrate what they've completed. Graduate programs are a long haul, and it's good to give yourself credit for work well done before diving back in!
6/23/2014 03:01:59 am
It is so true, it is very easy to continue to work non-stop without coming up for air. Thank you for your comment.
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