Monday, August 31, 2009

Day 16 - Time to get busy

What a spectacular day in Western Kentucky! Fall has arrived early I'm convinced, and it's brought Murray a breeze to savor and highs in the low 70s. If I didn't know better, I'd think I was in back in South Florida in February.

Meanwhile, back at my keyboard, after several failed attempts over the past three days, I have to admit that Library on Blackboard has me stumped. Never fear...I'm not one to give up. Tomorrow, after a meeting with my advisor, I've got a date with a librarian. Time for a research refresher.

How the times have changed. Back in the late '70s as an undergrad at the University of Florida, a research project always meant endless hours in the dusty library "stacks." No more! I think I appreciate the convenience of working online more than the traditional (younger) students who grew up with such easy access to the Web. Now, however, I need some pointers on navigating the system.

Don't forget to share!

Blogger has added a convenient "Share" button above. So, please do. If you have friends or family on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace - anywhere - invite them to follow along; they might relate to these adventures in education, too. Do you know someone who just started college or maybe a friend thinking about going back to school as a "non-traditional" student? Regardless of age, any student or potential student is likely to find something helpful as we delve into campus life and learning in the coming weeks.

Think you might be in a slump?

We ALL have slumps on occasion. In exploring the dynamics of work, learning and the pursuit of excellence, like anyone, you may have moments when the energy wanes or an assignment feels overwhelming. Recognizing that you're in a slump is the first sign that you're starting the climb out of one. Consider this quote from today's edition of Philosopher's Notes:

“Now that you have an understanding of some of the mental mechanisms that influence your performance, you’ll realize that although we all find ourselves in slumps occasionally, we don’t need to get stuck in them. When you feel like you’re going nowhere or even slipping backward, you may actually just be backing up to get a running start.” - Dan Millman

So let's back up and really get busy. Tomorrow is the start of a brand new month. This is a perfect opportunity to focus all your positive energy on what you want.


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