The Path to Change: Read at Least Twenty Minutes Per Day
1. Schedule it in - Designate a block of at least twenty minutes during the day when you think you will have time to read. The longer the block, the more you will benefit. Reading at night before bedtime helps you wind down. Some enjoy reading during breakfast or lunch, others during their commute. Choose a time when you are least likely to be distracted.
2. Go for length - Although reading blog posts and short snippets in magazines may “feel” like reading, it isn’t going to give you the amount of content that will allow you to fully reap the benefits of increased focus and concentration, relaxation, and stress reduction. Instead, opt to read books and articles of decent length.
3. Choose for pleasure - Choose books and articles you want to read. Reading books or literature because you think you should will not be pleasurable. If you start a book and find your mind wandering or interest lacking for several days in a row, consider abandoning it for something you’ll enjoy more. The more time you spend reading what you love, the more interested you will be in doing it.
4. Expand your horizons - Although you may be tempted to read romance novel after romance novel, broaden your horizons by exploring new genres. Not only will you learn more through exposure to new concepts, information, and vocabulary, but it may even help you develop new interests.
5. Go digital - With the influx of devices and eReaders, reading on the go has become easier than ever. You can instantly download a book, a magazine, or a newspaper any time you want. And if you are enjoying more than one book at a time, you can take your whole library with you.
6. Have book, will read - The easiest way to read more is to have something to read with you at all times. Bring a book, magazine, or eReader with you in your briefcase or purse. Keep a book in your car. Anytime you have five or ten minutes of downtime, such as at the doctor’s office, you can squeeze in some reading.
7. Create a reading ritual - Create a ritual that makes you look forward to reading. Find a comfortable place with no distractions. You may enjoy reading on a park bench or at the beach or in the grass under a tree. Finally, consider sipping a beverage—such as green tea, a latte, or a glass of wine—or nibbling on a snack while you read.
8. Set a goal - Set a goal to read a certain number of books within a certain time frame. For instance, maybe you want to read two books per month or twenty-four books within a year. Whatever goal you choose, make sure it (1) is realistic and (2) doesn’t take the fun out of reading. You want to remain inspired to read, not dread it as a chore. Go a step further and create a reading log to document each book you read, how long it takes, and your thoughts about it. Tracking your reading will give you a sense of accomplishment.
9. Join or start a book club - Joining a book club offers many benefits. It provides you with a sense of community and the ability to make lasting friendships with people who share a common interest. Being part of a book club keeps you accountable to complete books, making you more likely to read on a regular basis. And being part of a book club gives you further intellectual stimulation because the books read are discussed and analyzed by the group.
10. Read to children - Reading to children benefits both parent and child. For parents, it provides an opportunity to spend focused quality time with your child. Children benefit from increased vocabulary, language, and speech development. Reading also prepares them for school and education advancement and develops listening and attention skills. It can also help them develop a passion for reading, as well as curiosity, creativity, and imagination. Discuss the books you read and ask them questions. If your children are older, create a family reading night. You could even create a “family book club” and choose the same book for all of you to read and discuss.
Who doesn’t dream of taking full control of their brain, becoming a master of their own mind? For tens of thousands of years, individuals from every culture around the world have claimed the ability to focus their thoughts and brain activity to a state of profound one-pointedness, leading to incredible mental feats, deep states of calm, and numerous enhancements to the brain’s day to day functionality. Whether these people are called gurus, yogis, spiritual masters, or even prophets, the recipe for unlocking the brain’s full potential has traditionally involved methods such as years of sensory deprivation, the use of rare and exotic entheogens, praying to a higher power, or even a mixture of all the above. However, studies have revealed that the ability to change the brain, both biologically and psychologically, is already at our fingertips. You don’t need to be a spiritual guru to start hacking and changing your brain this moment; altering your own brain is far simpler than you might think!
Firewalking: A Female Perspective on Breaking Barriers
About this webinar
In 2018, 20% of all jobs in technology were held by women (Source: Small Business Trends). Fortune 500 companies with at least 3 women in leading positions saw a 66% increase in ROI (Source: Women Who Tech). In this panel, led by Dr. Dawn Beyer, we will share our unique experiences on how we have bypassed firewalls to enter a male dominated field while opening doors for others to do the same.
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Dr. Dawn Beyer, Jacque Blanchard, Tammy McNeley, and Valerie Underwood
Mise en Place means "everything in it's place." Chefs practice this to run their kitchens efficiently. My father managed his tools in the garage this way.
Then why does our digital life seem so disorganized and disoriented?
In this NPR article, instructor Lipuma at the Culinary Institute of America (the other CIA),:
"The world is a giant gerbil wheel right now," Lipuma says. "I think if we just became a little bit more organized, a little bit more mise-en-place, [understand] what we really need and only do what we really need, I think we'll have more time" — time for what's important, he says.
"You'll be able to sit down at the table with your kids and actually cook a meal. Get up a little bit earlier so you could breathe. You want to greet the day."
And that sounds marvelous!
I recently published the first open source version of my Technology Management Playbook. The playbook includes the following information:
The topics range from how to give a speech to decision making, and approaches for estimating, planning, and managing technology initiatives.
The foundation for much of the Playbook was my doctoral study in Technology Management, Communications, Cloud Computing, and Cybersecurity.
If you have any additions, I would love to hear from you! @jeffdaniels
Are you giving a speech or a talk soon?
Dr. Patrick Winston has a wonderful lecture on "How to Speak." It's an hour long and worth your time.
I added my notes below for reference. Enjoy!
HOW TO SPEAK BY PROF WINSTON#How to start a talk? -Don't start with a joke, start with a promise
In "Libraries of the Future" Licklider envisioned a digital library with metadata "tagging" with schemas, access, storage, and retrieval. The year was 1961! https://archive.org/details/librariesoffutur00lick… #NationalBookLoversDay
The best fit for a tech position is a candidate who’s done the same job before, right? Maybe not, says CEO, award-winning author and social innovator Charles Easton. In this episode of Technologist Talk, Charles explains how employers seeking to fill jobs working with technology must learn to trust qualification beyond specific experience.
“A confidence gap is what the potential employee faces. The person who is in training or doesn’t know if they can be in this field. And on the other side it’s a trust gap. An employer doesn’t know whether they can trust this person who they might hire, because they’re so green and they don’t necessarily have all the requirements they were looking for. In their mind, it’s about managing their risk.”Charles Eaton, CEO, Creating IT FuturesListen now.