As summer approaches, I find myself reflecting on how technology has changed the face of education. From kindergarten to college, students are presented with more opportunities to embrace technology, expand their learning potential, and reach further into the world than previously possible. While part of me longs for the good old times of device-free days, textbooks and recess, the more logical part of me recognizes the many benefits technology has brought to the educational scene.
In our quest to get things done, we sometimes confuse busyness with productivity. What is the difference? It’s easier to be busy and more difficult to be productive; as productivity requires focus, strategic thinking and big-picture planning.
Many of us have had the opportunity to work with “busy” people. They constantly rush around, in a mild state of panic, stay late at work, and yet seem to accomplish very little in their week. Conversely, there are those who appear to effortlessly get things done, who always seem to be in control, to have the answer.
Are you looking for a solution to a specific problem? Do you need to kick your creative side into gear? Brainstorming is an effective tool for situations where creative thinking and problem solving are required. Brainstorming can be done by an individual, or in a group, and both options have their benefits. The point of brainstorming, whether in a group or alone, is to get as many ideas out of your head in as little time possible. In the initial stages of brainstorming, you are technically “brain dumping”.
All of us experience moments where we find ourselves contemplating our life decisions. Sometimes it’s a big event, like a break-up or a health crisis, that pushes us to take a closer look at our life. Other times, it might be a small rumbling in the universe that feels suspiciously like discontent that leads us to wonder if we should be doing something differently.
Whatever leads you to the brink of change, taking the steps to refresh or reset your life can be daunting.
Today I found myself doing something annoying. I was pulling together an invoice and had questions about who had been paid this, and how much we’d paid for that. I knew we had the information somewhere in the office, most likely in a file marked “project expenses”. However, I found myself calling out to my assistant and asking her. I reasoned that she would know right where to look and be able to put her hands on the needed documents faster.
Lifelong learning, research shows, can make you richer, healthier, and happier. But finding time to fit that learning into our schedules can be difficult. Fear not! Busy professionals, parents of young children and anyone with full-to-the-brim schedules can work lifelong learning and personal development into their lives with the following suggestions.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, up to 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women will experience a traumatic event at least once in their lives. These numbers become even more staggering for veterans, particularly those who have been to war. The adjustment back to civilian life comes with many challenges, especially when the veteran suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Time. We all have 168 hours a week. How we allocate that time is just as different and unique as we are as individuals. However, there are many of us who wish for “just a few more hours in the day” to get things done. For example, have you thought about going back to school, or taking career training courses online, but are concerned on just where you’ll find the time to do that?
I recently read an article that estimated that consumers are presented with 3,000-4,000 pieces of marketing content per day. Per day. As you can imagine, with that influx of information, it is sometimes hard for content creators to make a connection with readers.
I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself. I’m Kris, and I blog for Ed4Career. I’m a real person, with a family, pets, friends, and a job I love.