XCEL Quest Blog-Tame the Chaos!Make Your Journey as Rewarding as Your Success
Let me sum it up. When you begin thinking about doing something new and a bit risky, you’re likely going to experience some doubt, anxiety, or frustration—all different guises for FEAR!! All very unpleasant.
When your head hits the pillow does your mind scan through the day ticking off all the things you got done (and didn’t get done)? Do you ever (or maybe always) feel time is outpacing your to-do list?
Without a Personal Workflow System we end up defaulting to an approach that rests on three tools, which are also our greatest vulnerabilities.
Spontaneity and flexibility are crucial to your work, which requires significant thinking, focus, and even creativity. Learn how a workflow system can offer that time.
Chaos not only is a powerful catalyst for the undesirable, but also a catalyst for creativity, flexibility, and growth
Imagine for the investment of 10-20 minutes in a daily habit you could experience joy, relaxation, insight, humility, patience, and new learning.
The default approach of prioritizing is guided by (1) human survival needs and (2) your existing beliefs, experiences, and habits. Thus you get more of what you’re already doing!
Whether you’re feeling unappreciated, frustrated, resentful, or overloaded with too much of a good thing, you’ve likely experienced the energy-zapping power of overwhelm.
Do you still allow yourself that joy first experienced as a young teen—falling in love with a song and listening to it non-stop?
Remember when your college or university last updated its learning management system or worst yet, switch to a new one? Such changes can leave you frustrated, feeling like a novice.
As the New Year arrives, a collective cultural discussion erupts about wrapping-up the old and anticipating the new. Often that’s transformed into expectations that you consider a new habit for the New Year.
Would you like to wrap up this semester with a feeling of accomplishment? What about, as a bonus, you walk away energized to make the break restorative and productive.
Do you hate planning? Do you love planning? Whether you hate or love planning, keep an open mind to this argument . . .
Have you noticed that your email and social media feeds are flooded with promises? “Follow this 3-step strategy and experience magic.” “Complete this 30-day plan and forever be freed of your worst nightmare.” On and on it goes.
Do you ever experience a subtle rage building in you when someone offers highly recommended best practices that are proven effective and ideal for your particular challenge?
No need to agree on which activities are fun, just important to have fun—plenty of it. Fun not only creates joy, excitement, pleasure, and renewal. Fun sparks ideas.
Ready for a real vacation? But are you worried about the post-vacation mental fog that may potentially derail your momentum and motivation?
If writing is a summer priority and you’re not already writing, look for this lurking dangerous thought. “I have plenty of time so I’ll begin writing in a few weeks.”
As you approach the short-lived transition from academic year to summer, try this reflection exercise, which can set your course for both summer enjoyment and productivity!
Imagine you collect, enjoy, and share treasures, valuable treasures as scare as time, as important as relationships, and as irreplaceable as your reputation.
Do you have a strategy you can quickly whip out when your plan has gone awry or perhaps when you’re simply trying to salvage something from a day that has gone wrong?
Are there days you intend to write and everything gets in the way? Do you find something keeps intruding on the time you hoped to work on your dissertation? Do you have days when you doubt you can even do it?
What is this magnetic draw that email has? When you’re overwhelmed with so much stuff to do and much of it evokes resistance, email offers clarity, surprise, and a potential reward.
Have you noticed that negative comments in your peer reviews or student course evaluations stick with you longer than positive ones? Rick Hansen memorably observes, “the brain is like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones.”