While March was a focus on love, April is a focus on Work. My least favourite topic, so this will be a challenge. This month will be a struggle for me, but I also think it will be positive. Since I technically have 3 jobs (day job, piano, student), I would like to focus a little bit on all of them.
Enjoy the Fun of Failure
- I can't be everything.
- Failure doesn't mean I suck. It just means I need to try harder, get help or I'm not meant for that task.
- Enjoy the times I fail and see them as an opportunity to improve.
- Failure is hard for me. I hate having someone criticize me in a negative way. Not only do I know I've done something wrong, but the added bonus of someone pointing it out makes it worse. This goes right into the second resolution...
Ask for Help...
- ...when I'm stuck or am stressed.
- This is a huge struggle for me. I hate asking for help because it means failure. And it usually results in either not receiving help, or being in trouble for not knowing something I'm already supposed to know.
- ...when I feel like I can't do it all.
- It's easier to ask a friend or family member for help than to be stressed out trying to do everything myself.
- ...when I need advice.
- I ask my sister for advice a lot for piano. She's a great resource and always willing to help or just let me talk things out.
- 30 minutes IS long enough
- a half hour is long enough to get a small task done, a chapter read or an email sent.
- Set up a study station
- With my nutrition course, I need to set up a station to study. Somewhere that my books can be left open to make it easier for me to sit down when I have a couple extra minutes to read a bit or answer a question (15 - 30 minutes IS enough)
- Packing and unpacking books is inefficient and cuts into those hour long sessions.
- It also needs to be comfortable and away from distraction
- Make a list in the morning and try to focus on it.
- I enjoy crossing things off, and sometimes get lost when I have no list. For dayjob, this is huge and something I really need to focus on. I've struggled with using an electronic list, a paper list, Outlook list. It doesn't matter what the media for the list is, it's using it that matters.
- Focus on a song just to play rather than perfect
- It's important for me to play a song at the year end recital for my students. I need to worry less about making it perfect and just picking a song I like and will play for fun.
- Enjoy reading rather than getting it done
- The last few years I've concentrated on the number of books I read in a year. With studying this year, I need to focus more on reading what I want and less about the number.