I had an epiphany the other day; I work so hard to make a living for my family, but what about working equally hard to make a life for myself?
At the end of most days, while I felt that I’d accomplished something in my professional life there was always the feeling that something important was missing.
In light of my current crazed mental state, I hit upon the idea of writing on the topic of the “organized mind” for this blog piece. Imagine my surprise (and feeling of validation that I am not alone) when I found a book written by neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin entitled, “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.”
The start of school was always a favorite time of mine. Fresh school year, new school supplies, new classmates and professors, the feeling of “anything is possible”. Along with the excitement of starting something new, there was apprehension about the course load and work involved – would I be up to the challenge?
A mind map is a free-form way of organizing long lists of information and can be a fun and creative way to show relationships between thoughts and ideas. Simply put, a mind map is a diagram that literally “maps out” your ideas by connecting your thoughts to a central subject.
When setting Career Development goals, it’s important to clearly define your goals as well as the steps necessary to achieve each and every one. By taking the time to set effective career development goals, you can measure progress and track yourself getting closer and closer to the career you have envisioned for yourself. This will not only keep you motivated, it will also help you feel more confident along the way.
The following are some tips for setting effective goals:
I’ve always found my early morning hours to be my strongest “thinking” hours. And apparently I’m not alone! The first hours of your workday are the most productive, according to psychologist Ron Friedman.
There are a myriad of reasons adults return to school. Some are planning a career transition, others need new skills, degrees or certifications to advance and still others enroll in courses for enrichment and personal development. Whether it has been one year, ten years or even forty years since you were enrolled in college, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure you’ll be successful in your new endeavor.
1. Sign Up for a Not-for-Credit Class
Friends are good for your health. According to Harvard Health Publications, “social connections help relieve harmful levels of stress, which can harm the heart’s arteries, gut function, insulin regulation, and the immune system.”
A vision board is a collection of images (photographs, sketches, paintings, pictures from magazines, etc.) typically displayed on a bulletin board or poster as a visual representation of your dreams and ambitions for the future.
The purpose of creating a vision board for yourself is to serve as a creative, daily reminder of the goals you wish to attain by realizing the power of visualization.
Many schools, businesses, and organizations are turning to online education because of the wealth of advantages it provides; including cost-effectiveness, convenience, flexibility, and the ability to offer a wide variety of courses to the student. For the learner, online education provides all of the above benefits, including the freedom to build a personalized schedule and plan around other commitments, including family, work and home-life.