Category Archives: Work/Life

Strategies for Better Time Management

Are there times when you wished there were a few more hours in the day? Often, it can seem like there isn’t enough time to do all the things we want and need to do. We’ve probably all struggled with being more productive, trying to do too many things, and feeling like we can’t get a hold of our time. It happens. That’s life. But if we have too many days overloaded with too much to do, things can feel Read the rest

Self-Care Reminder

By Shaureece Park

Many of us are getting in the swing of spending more time in the office/library. As we do so, we are also trying new routines and reviving some old ones. It is important to remember that taking care of yourself is still critically important.  The pandemic has led many of us to place a greater emphasis on self-care. It is essential to continue to do things that help us to be less stressed and healthier. Develop … Read the rest

Choose the Meaningful Over the Urgent

Have you ever had so much to do that you didn’t know where to start or what to do first? Sometimes you can get organized by making a to-do list. But often, when you have too many things to do, you can feel overwhelmed. You can become paralyzed and end up doing not much of anything at all. One way to move beyond this feeling of being stuck is to pause and focus on the present moment. This can help … Read the rest

Parents and Caregivers Still Need Flexibility from Employers

It’s been approximately 16 months since the U.S. (the world really) practically came to a standstill due to the pandemic. As much of the nation became a work-from-home workforce, many parents went from full-time employees to facing additional responsibilities of becoming teachers, chefs, caregivers, etc. Most could not rely on the traditional assistance from parents or older relatives for fear of endangering the lives of their family members. And how many of us can afford to have nannies or live-in Read the rest

How to Respond to Negative Feedback

Have you ever gotten feedback that you didn’t enjoy hearing? It could have been from a supervisor, a coworker, or even a spouse/partner. Sometimes, negative feedback can be difficult to accept because it forces us to face things about ourselves that we would rather ignore (assuming there is truth in the feedback). We all need people around us who will be honest, who will tell us the truth, even when we don’t want to hear it. In this short videoRead the rest

Self-Care Is Still Important – Breaks Can Help

It has been shown repeatedly that when we take time out to rest and relax, we’re more engaged and productive. However, it can be challenging to take a break when we have one meeting after the other. Often, it seems that supervisors and coworkers think they can add more meetings to our calendars because we’re working at home (and obviously, we have nothing else to do). Not to mention that when we get into a flow of work, it’s easy … Read the rest

Why We Feel Exhausted and Lack Focus and What Can Help

Are there days when you don’t feel like doing anything, especially working? You may not feel burnt out, but neither are you bursting with energy. Perhaps you feel tired, or like you’re walking around in a ‘fog.’ Don’t worry, you are not alone. After more than a year of disruption caused by the pandemic, many people feel ‘blah.’ It’s okay to admit that you are not okay. It does not mean that there is something “wrong” with you. You don’t … Read the rest

The Surprising Benefits of Microbreaks

The importance of taking short breaks throughout the workday can prove invaluable in increasing focus while helping to relieve stress. According to the author of this article, these short breaks, referred to as microbreaks, are also an effective way to manage energy levels.  During these breaks, you can do activities that are as simple as stretching, walking up and down the stairs, gazing out a window at nature, snacking, or having a five-minute mindful meditation.

Managers need to give … Read the rest

Five Simple Steps to Stay Healthy During Times of Stress

April is stress awareness month. Some of you might respond to this statement with the comment that every month (every day, really), you’re aware of stress. Many of us are in a state of chronic stress, wearing invisible capes as we try to be a superhuman day in and day out in the face of stressors. We are often left wondering when things will change, if things will ever get back to normal, if we will ever get back to … Read the rest

Free Health and Wellness Symposium

You are invited to attend BLOSSOM—a free virtual symposium focusing on library staff’s health and wellness. Hosted by the Network of National Library of Medicine, this free three-day virtual symposium, scheduled March 24 – 26, 2021, will bring together experts on morale, invisible services, vocational awe, burnout, and self-care in libraries. The symposium will provide library staff at all levels with key takeaways to improve library staff’s health and wellness. This event is open to all library staff Read the rest