Are you going to be “real” this year?
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Are you going to be “real” this year?

Are you going to be “real” this year? As a highly sensitive person, I know the importance of the time to get real right now!

Another year has closed its doors, and a new year is open before us. It is the perfect time to reflect upon our lives and make positive plans for the future. The thought of having a clean slate and getting a fresh start motivates us to improve our lives. The New Year is full of endless possibilities and potential. (more…)

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Do you have good habits of mind?
Habits of Mind: 16 Essential Characteristics for Success

Do you have good habits of mind?

In their groundbreaking book, Habits of Mind, Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick, identify a set of 16 problem solving, life related skills, necessary to effectively operate in society. These skills promote strategic reasoning, insightfulness, perseverance, creativity, and craftsmanship.

One goal behind these life skills is to provide a road map as to how to behave intelligently when you DON’T know the answer. It means having a disposition toward intelligent behavior when confronted with problems or new learning.

The application of these 16 Habits of Mind will help you work through real life situations. They are as follows:

  1. Persisting: Sticking to a task at hand. Following through to completion. Can and do remain focused. (more…)

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Do you need some tips for getting things done?
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Do you need some tips for getting things done?

  •  Prioritize! Focus on what’s truly important. I know from personal experience that I’m more productive when I focus on activities that are crucial to getting the job done. I’m guilty of getting sidetracked by unimportant tasks that distract me from what I want to accomplish. Concentrate on activities that bring returns proportionate to the time and energy you put into them. Constantly ask yourself, “Is this the best use of my time?”
  • Don’t put off disliked tasks. Do you have a tendency to put off unpleasant tasks that you simply don’t like to do? Lighten your emotional and physical well-being by getting them finished and out of your way. Otherwise, these tasks will haunt you. They will follow you around from to-do list to to-do list and become energy drainers that deplete your ability to focus on other things.  (more…)

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Do you keep a motivational journal?
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Do you keep a motivational journal?

Do you keep a motivational journal? Keeping a motivation journal can help you in so many ways. If you’ve ever kept a diary or any other journal you know what it’s like to make this sort of commitment.

Making daily entries into your journal is like talking to a friend. In a sense, your journal is your friend that you can tell anything and always know it’s confidential. If you’re concerned about anonymity don’t put your name in it. (more…)

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