Newport reexamines the claim that following your passion is good advice and writes about strategies that have helped others turn hard work into rewarding and compelling careers.
Read the Book: So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport (2012)
This book, applicable to all types of librarians, includes chapters on a range of topics, including dealing with difficult patrons, burnout, and physical and mental health.
Read the Book: Job Stress and the Librarian: Coping Strategies from the Professionals Edited by Carol Smallwood & Linda Burkey Wade (2013)
In April 2016, Governor Cuomo signed a bill which will guarantee 12 weeks of partially paid family leave for NY State workers, to take full effect of 67% salary by 2021. This legislation also raises the minimum wage to $15 over the next several years. It’s important to note that family leave provides for paid leave for the care of a new child as well as any family member needing care. Let’s hope this sets a precedent for other states to join CA, WA, RI, NJ, D.C., and now NY in securing family and medical leave benefits.
Read more: Victory for New York State Families at www.governer.ny.gov
“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”
The Eisenhower Matrix is a brilliant visual tool that forces you to assign every task, event and desire, goal etc. in your work and life into just one of four categories, two of which are almost never necessary (can you guess which two these are?):
NOT URGENT/NOT IMPORTANT.
Ike knew what he was talking about! The Matrix is great tool for seeing (often painfully) how much time you spend on what kinds of things, as well as better choosing your priorities for the future.
Try it and let us know what it reveals for you in the comments below!
Read It: The Eisenhower Decision Matrix: How to Distinguish Between Urgent and Important Tasks and Make Real Progress in Your Life , a great summary and explanation of how to use it from, www.artofmanliness.com.
Tim Urban: Wait But Why Blog Series on Procrastination
This is not your typical list of tips to beat procrastination that you’ll look at and then merrily continue on your journey down the internet procrastination river. This funny, but deeply insightful look at the phenomenon of procrastination is a truly original way to think about and manage it.
Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In his hilarious and insightful talk (before), Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.
(Video) “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator” Tim Urban TED Talk
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