Discussion: Balancing Priorities

Often there are more than words or online imagery in your workspace—it might be children or pets or roommates or spouses. It might at times seem like you have information overload—as if you were standing in the middle of Times Square, New York, or Piccadilly Circus, London. Even the most focused and dedicated student can be easily distracted.

Often when focusing on one task, you lose track of others. That is why it is important to have a plan for stepping out of your other roles and into your new role as student. Don’t be tugged by online distractions—keep your place. Staying focused is a professional competency.

You all have multiple roles in life, and maybe “student” is a new role for you. Being engaged in the work requires you to plan, prioritize and create a space where learning takes place; to combat a feeling of selfishness that you might feel.

For this Discussion you will consider how to address distractions you might encounter as a student at Walden.

To prepare for the Discussion:

· Read the Week 2 Learning Resources.

· Review the Discussion Rubric.

By Day 3

Post a response at least 200–300 words to the following prompts. Use the writing resources, writing examples, and the Discussion Rubric to develop your post.


· How can you distinguish between important tasks and urgent ones?

· How do you sort through information and select the most important elements to focus on?

· How might you respond to a digital detox? What would that look like?

· Select at least one of the week’s resources to include in your discussion.

Read two or more  of your classmates’ postings for the Discussion question.

By Day 5

Respond with specific suggestions to two or  more of your classmates by helping them:

· Asking them a question from above that they have not yet answered

· Or suggesting a tip to help them focus.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your classmates made.

Remember to return to the classroom in a few days, to check the Grade Center for Instructor comments and your grade.





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Balancing Priorities is a topic of discussion.

Children, pets, roommates, and spouses are often present in your workspace, in addition to words and online imagery. It may appear that you are experiencing information overload, as if you were in the middle of Times Square in New York or Piccadilly Circus in London. Even the most dedicated and focused student is susceptible to distraction.

When you’re focused on one task, it’s easy to lose track of others. That is why it is critical to have a strategy in place for transitioning from your previous roles to your new one as a student. Don’t be swayed by online distractions; stay put. Maintaining focus is a professional skill.

You all have multiple roles in your lives, and perhaps “student” is one of them.