Thursday, 10 October 2013

Random Noticings

I noticed that if I am proactive and act "as if" I am entitled to this or that resource or tool, then it will happen. I just need to state my case. Is it about being confident even when you don't feel confident? Probably. Does it work? It sure does! Somewhere, a long time ago, I read about taking this stance with students with the promise that they would rise to the occasion. And, guess what? They did. If a student has a reputation for getting into trouble, for example, you might address the issue by saying something like, "I know this is not like you. You are not the kind of person that does this." Act as if. It will produce great results!

I noticed that by taking care of things right away, I am less likely to have items pile up on my "to do" list. In fact, my "to do" list can be an always diminishing entity. Although this is common sense, I don't put it into practice. Instead, I end up on a tight deadline. My new resolve is to bask in the pleasure of a task well-done because I devoted sufficient time and effort to it. There is no room for excuses about not having enough time. That puts me in a growth mindset perspective.

I noticed that thinking about completing a task takes infinitely longer than the actual time it takes to do it. Surprise! Surprise! Definitely an argument for tackling things as they come up rather letting them languish in oblivion.

And, unfortunately, I noticed that I was succumbing to a negative attitude by complaining  rather than staying within the positive or, if this is not possible, then coming up with solutions to perceived problems. I need to remember to accentuate the positive; it's better for my mental state and for my working relationships.

Live and learn! Trite but true!

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