6.5.5 Adapt your strategy to overcome difficulties
Often plans run into difficulties because of unforeseen problems or changing circumstances. For example, you may be running over your deadlines, the resources or support available to you may have changed, or your personal circumstances may have changed. Plans are only a means to an end, however. If you run into difficulties try to take some time to think about what effect they will have on your plans, and what changes you may need to make to your overall strategy to achieve the outcomes you are aiming for.
Use your Skills File to record any difficulties or changes in circumstances, how they affect you and what you intend to do about them.
Activity: Monitoring your progress
For this activity you will need to print out the Skills Sheet, ‘Monitoring your progress’: click here to open it.
On the Skills Sheet briefly summarise and reflect critically on your progress in developing your IL skills by considering:
what methods and techniques you used to help you prepare and use IL to achieve your goals;
what feedback, help or advice you requested and received on your performance in using IL;
what decisions and choices you made about the approach, methods and techniques you used, as you worked on your IL skills. How effective were your choices in working towards your goals?
what changes, if any, you made to your strategy and plans as your work progressed, briefly justifying any changes you have made.
Refer to the figure below for an example of a completed Skills Sheet for this stage of the key skills framework.