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What to do when you want to give up on your goals

By Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE The first quarter of the year has already passed. Crazy, right? How are you doing on what you set out to accomplish this year? If your answer is “not that great”. Giving up on your goals is not the answer.  So many times we get pumped up about our goals at the New Year or at the start of a new semester, making plans to go after what we most desire. And then when the bright, shiny new year fades and we are mired in the real work – the rise and grind – day in and day out – we lose sight of our goals, of what we truly desire. It’s easy to allow ourselves to become derailed from the path of our dreams. It’s easy to forget why we were motivated to take action, to build rest into our schedule, to become healthy …. (insert your desire). And then what happens when we fall off the path? We berate ourselves. We make excuses. Or we say to ourselves things like, “Well, that didn’t work” or “I can’t do that.” or “That’s too hard.” And we give up. If this is you… I want you to know, my friend, that you are not alone. […]

Using the Pomodoro Technique

By Kelly Beischel I’m a Circus Ringmaster, trying to keep the 3 rings of teaching, scholarship and service going at the same time. We all know too well how this goes. Classes begin in a week. I’m scheduled to teach three courses and coordinate a practicum course. So, I have four courses to create – one of which is a total redo. That’s merely the teaching ring.  For the remaining rings – I’m scheduling my writing time over spring semester, reviewing manuscripts, and entering data into SPSS (ouch) while trying to catch up on various tasks that fall under service. I have too much to do with the little time left of Winter Break. You live this story, no? It’s okay, I’m not stressed about it. (Okay, maybe a little.) I’ve learned to get it all done using the Pomodoro Technique.  Have you ever used this technique? This is the gist of the Pomodoro Technique: 1. Write out all the activities you must accomplish on a sheet of paper. 2. Prioritize your activities on a different sheet of paper – called Priority To Do’s. 3. Set a kitchen timer for 25 minutes. 4. Work only on the task at the top of your priority list. 5. When the timer rings take […]

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