June 10, 2012
I find Thing 5 really interesting and useful. It is definitely one of the tools that I know will serve me well in my career and life generally.
The article points out the key drawback -TIME! I think I have time sorted. About two years ago, I read an article in the Harvard Business Review that said something about booking an appointment with yourself at a fixed time every week to review your work, make plans, work out a strategy. I thought it was a great idea and straight away did just that! I still have appointments set up in my Outlook Calendar for the entire year. I must admit that I have not honoured them all. The times that I did, the rewards were great: ideas for working better with my team, proposals for new services, a fresh look at problems in the service, etc.
As I reflect on this personal weekly time-out, a few things are coming to light on why I only averaged about 50% success rate:
–Perhaps my chosen day -Mondays- with all the challenges that come with the start of a new work week is just not a suitable day?;
–A number of Bank holidays fall on a Monday (not that I am complaining) so I ‘lost’ those sessions;
Reflecting means I am reviewing this time-with-myself. I am looking at another day of the week with less surprises. And getting a diary to note down my conscious attempt at Reflective Practice.
Wish me luck!
May 28, 2012
I opened a Twitter account a couple of hours ago. Not my first, I must admit. While setting up this new one I had Thing 3 at the back of my mind! Since I would like this blog and the Twitter account for work related things and cpd23, I kept the same name. My other twitter account is for pleasure: indulging my passion for food.
RSS I already use. How do you turn them ‘off’ when you go on holidays? It will be nice to come back and not see the warning from IT about how I have exceeded my measely mailbox allowance.
Storify? This needs a bit more exploring…and I shall wave when I suss it out.
May 16, 2012
I confess I did the vanity bit first. A few unsavory things came to light and I shall bury them pronto! The result did surprise me as it had changed quite a bit from my last vanity check a couple of years back. There were now more work related links from our Colleges’ heavy web presence.
What I will take from Thing 3 is the fine art of keeping my Jerkyll and Hyde or work and play personas completely different. There is much to be said for a professional presence on the web, especially as potential customers and employers would often carry out a quick web check before doing business with you. Also, when things go awry at the social networking sites and your privacy settings are accidentally eroded, as is often the case, you have nothing to hide.
For me, a bit of anonymity keeps me sane. I can participate here, enjoy learning about your interesting lives, contact specific people offline if need be, pursue my hobby of running a supper club elsewhere, join a Book Club (sad, eh?)… All anonymously. And happy. For Now.
I will reconsider when I become a Consultant Popup Librarian earning bags of money and hobnobbing with newspaper editors and the Minister for Libraries.
Watch this space!
May 11, 2012
This is fun! I always knew that you librarians are special -the names you come up with for your blogs has made me smile, laugh, and ROFL. Here are a few:
Shoestring Librarian — a prophesy about even more lean times to come?
Things From the Front Desk — The usual stuff or have you invented new ones?
The adventures of Yiwen the Librarian –I am going straight there as it sounds like fun and no books stamping I bet!
The Electric Silverfish –I went to see a photo of what an electric fish looks like…
Fellow bloggers, you’ve made a dreary Friday afternoon go faster. Love and peace to you all 🙂
May 8, 2012
…thought I should join in the fun:-)