Category Archives: Work/Life

12 Cups of Tea

By Beatrice Calvin, MACMH, CDF

Recently, I read an article entitled 50 Cups of Coffee. The author talked about meeting with a different person each week to have focused “discussions about an idea you’re both interested in, or where the other person can give you input on something they like discussing.” After a bit of reading, I discovered that this is not a new concept. Basically, it involves meeting with someone you’re not overly familiar with for a Read the rest

How to Make (and Keep) a New Year’s Resolution

Okay, it’s brand new year and a brand new you. You’re ready for new and exciting things to happen. Did you make any resolutions about things you want to change or do differently? If so, you’ve probably heard the statistic that more than half of all resolutions fail. By the middle of February, most people have given up on their resolutions.  I’m not trying to rain on your parade. Don’t let the statistics keep you from starting. You don’t have Read the rest

A Space for Calm: Setting up a Wellness Room in the Workplace

By Loriene Roy and Inessa A. Ach

Workplaces may provide onsite or nearby access to wellness facilities such as gyms, lactation rooms, or spas. In other cases, library workers do not have convenient wellness locations to which they can retreat during their workdays.  In this article we will describe how one graduate school of information responded to the perceived needs of its faculty and staff to create an in-house wellness room.

The School of Information (iSchool) at the University of Read the rest

To Recover from Burnout, Regain Your Sense of Control  

When it comes to work, have you been feeling exhausted, ineffective, unaccomplished, and cynical? Have you thought to yourself that no matter how hard you work, you can never keep up? Or that you can’t make your boss happy no matter how hard you try? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing burnout. The author of this article offers suggestions to help combat these feelings. You can start by taking control of your life. Read the rest

How to Stay Positive While Surrounded by Energy Zappers

Do you know people who seem to drain the positive energy out of you and perhaps everyone around them? Some people like to bring other’s spirits down to where theirs is. Some people just cannot help but talk about fellow coworkers. The author of this article gives examples of ways people can reduce your positive energy and offers suggestions for ways to minimize their affects. The author asserts that we are all vulnerable to the stresses of life and should Read the rest

Being in Work Mode All Day Could Be Hurting You – It’s Time to Detach

With constant access to technology, detaching from work isn’t always easy.  It can sometimes be difficult to ignore that email from your boss that pops up late at night, or not respond to a quick question from a board member. Many of us are working longer hours, even when we’re officially ‘off the clock.’ This article suggests that this lifestyle continues to be trendy despite research linking longer working hours with depression, heart disease, and other health-related issues. That’s not Read the rest

Get Organized, Reflective, and Focused Through Bullet-Journaling

By Colleen Boff

Every so often, a person has a life changing experience. For me, this has been bullet journaling. If I could afford to quit my job and travel around the country to teach people about this system, I would—in a heartbeat. Bullet journaling is a paper/pencil system developed by Ryder Carroll, an Art Director and Interaction Designer living in Brooklyn, New York. In his YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/user/bulletjournal), he describes bullet journaling as “an analog system that Read the rest

How to Find Meaning in a Job That Isn’t Your “True Calling”

Many people want to feel that their work has meaning and value. However, research mentioned in this article shows that less than 50% of people see their work as a calling. The author of this article suggests that work can be meaningful even if you don’t think of it as a calling. The key is to become more conscious about the service you’re providing. The author says that “If we reframe our tasks as opportunities to help others, any occupation Read the rest

Want to Achieve Your Greatest Dream? Ask Yourself One Question: What If

Are there things you would really like to do but just don’t seem to have the time to even think about, much less begin? Perhaps you’d like to start a new leisure activity, or take a self-enrichment class, or start a new business. The author of this article invites you to consider a persistent challenge you face – one that you’d be willing to make a major life change for, in order to resolve it once and for all. Then … Read the rest

Tips for Staying Healthy at the ALA Annual Conference (or Anytime You’re on the Road)

When you are traveling, it can be easy to skip your good habits and just decide to do better when you return home. However, even when you are relaxing some of your regular healthy habits, there are some things you want to be sure to continue (or even increase) when you are traveling – especially if it’s hot out.  Here are just a few things to keep in mind.

Drink Plenty of Water
When you’re traveling and out of your Read the rest