Thursday, 28 August 2014

What Type of Worker Are You?

The world is constantly changing, along with its seven billion and counting occupants. One of our confirmed destinies is that, whatever happens, we will evolve one way or another - whether it is by getting older (an unavoidable event), moving up the career ladder or developing new skills. Unlike our childhood selves, we might no longer whoop with joy when we finally master how to use the new printer properly but, like the horse-loving supermarket Tesco's slogan, every little helps. Each lesson - minor or massive - aids us on our journey towards becoming intelligent, thoughtful and downright cool people; indeed, the smallest things can make a huge difference!

Despite our consistent role in evolvement, it doesn't mean that every single person will end up the same like everybody else. Individuality is a wonderful thing in life because not only are we never bored with ourselves, but there is little chance of falling asleep when talking to crowds of doppelgangers who seriously lack variety. Therefore, all of us possess our good and bad points which we become aware of from an early age, but the responsibility of choosing which path we wish to follow is gradually handed to us as we get older. It's our life, so we have the right to decide what to do with it, but how will we make the most of our control?

Personally, responsibility often strikes me as intimidating because, if reality returns to bite you one day, you can neither deny nor blame somebody else for your mistakes. Of course, glowing halos float above our heads if all goes swimmingly and we use our responsibility in a wise manner, but life is unpredictable nonetheless - and how can we determine what way circumstances will go?

Anyway, the wisest and kindest thing to do - for the sake of keeping your sanity in check - is to not focus on the things that are controlled more by luck than ourselves, otherwise panic will seize us. We cannot tell whether an all-mighty storm will rain on the day that we want to go on a picnic, and it isn't worth worrying ourselves sick about failing to be more responsible when we couldn't have done more.

Instead, we ought to pay attention to what we can influence and create via our own control which, compared to minor things such as the weather, are endless. If our responsibility is all that guarantees success, why not throw our entire heart and soul into achieving our goals - and opening many doors that were previously locked?

Yes, that's right, you word-reading brainiac. If 'achieve' is mentioned anywhere here, you know what you're in for. Studying. Hard.

Studying is the essence of my being, which pumps me up like an Ibiza anthem and gets my heart beating more wildly than a rigorous workout at the gym. The prospect of achieving what I seek - here is where 'success' comes in - makes the hours I spend at my desk writing in notebooks and revising for exams worthwhile. Otherwise, I might not be so bothered about doing well because the benefits that come with trying hard always motivate me.

Like an employee heading out to work each day in order to pay the bills, I study with an aim to enter the journalism industry in several years time - and succeeding at school is paramount if I ever wish to become a journalist. With a week to go until the new school year begins, I'm on the verge of starting my two years of GCSE coursework which, as all adults will know, is an extremely important time in your education. Not only do I crave success, but I desperately need it. It's vital. Besides, doing well fills me with more happiness than the finest tasting chocolate bar in the world ever would - what price can you place upon your happiness and academic confidence?

Over the summer, I've been figuring out the different types of workers that you usually find at school, college or even work. Individuality is important in this because our unique quirks can influence the way in which you perceive things and how you work. Somewhere, there will always be the Lisa Simpsons, party animals and nervous nail biters. But our personalities are not necessarily 'wrong' because mistakes are destined to be made by anybody - it's how we fare in the tests which matter most.

The Manic Panicker
Easily one of my allocated personalities, the Manic Panicker is the girl who freaks out at the slightest mention of exams and tests. Therefore, the letters 'e' and 't' fill her with dread in case they are related with school and end-of-the-year - just stopped myself there!
She is the type of girl who wants to do well (exactly like myself) yet trembles at the thought of being trapped in a capacious hall for two hours, with only a desk, a pen and pieces of paper for company. Success might come at the expense of her nerves for she cannot bear the thought of failing - it's the scariest F word in her vocabulary!
However, she turns into a pussycat once the thing that she is scared of - examinations - are over. That gut-wrenching feeling in her stomach fades away within a click of a finger, while relief automatically floods through her.
The Manic Panicker means well, but is definitely not a person you would want to hang around before The Nightmare - exam season - has begun! Unless you are a panicker in disguise...

The Fun-Seeker
Better known as the opposite of the Manic Panicker, the Fun-Seeker adores all things, um, fun. Regardless of the living hell that takes place in the Spring, a Fun-Seeker is still on the lookout for having a good time, whose relaxed attitude is a breath of fresh air to fellow stressed pupils.
She takes a chilled approach to her studies by not focusing too heavily on them, and would rather discover an awesome hangout instead of the meaning of 'y' in French. Soooo not me! Surprisingly though, the Fun-Seeker often manages to do well in her exams which, when you think about it, makes plenty of sense.
By separating yourself from exam fever every now and then, your brain is refreshed by the time that you return to your studies, which helps you to absorb information more efficiently. It's a tactic that I'd like to achieve, but some people are better at it than others - lucky them!
And you needn't think twice about who would be holding the Party of the Decade after exams are over - by the end of the night, everybody would have turned into professional Fun-Seekers!

The Procrastinator 
At one point or another in our lives, we simply cannot be bothered to do anything. Including the important stuff. Unless the cycle is broken, we might be given the status of a Procrastinator, whose duties are to hum and haw over what they are too lazy to be getting on with.
Procrastinating affects us in so many ways, but it can particularly affect your confidence. What if it prevents you from achieving good grades or becoming a more confident individual? However hard that it might be, you have break the cycle that it standing in your way of working hard. It doesn't benefit anybody, most importantly yourself.
We often don't realize that we are falling in this trap until, one day, it occurs to us. The best way to keep an eye on it is to stick to a regular routine. Study after school for an hour or so - no buts!
Keeping things regular will gradually build up your confidence to banish the Procrastinator away, which can be applied to all aspects of life, let alone school.

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