Successful Personal Skills: Goals & Teams

Knowing & having technology tools – computer, software, website links, etc – are important for learning & many other aspects of living.

Schedule & Organize

Schedule & Organize

Increased ability w/relevant technology creates a strong foundation to build upon, particularly for personal skills, which can be broken down (some over-lapping & redundancy):

  • Habits: discipline, tenacity, concentration, motivation +++.
  • Actions: efficiency, comprehension, note-taking, do it (sooner, rather than later) +++.
  • Attitude: enthusiasm, positive, cooperation, open-minded, participatory +++.
  • Time: organization, deadlines, planning, anticipate, schedule, calendar +++.

The module in D2L has many good tips for performance: using a calendar; setting regular time-blocks for classwork; having folders of documents & links; realizing that you have independent behavior; continually follow through on your responsibilities; +++.

I’ve been familiar with all of those & have practiced most, but have [for years] fallen short on the self-discipline, stick-to-iveness & related behaviors – being kinda lazy & creating my own distractions – usually still educational, on current events & semi-random facts – having low priority.

On the latter point, for example, when looking up an item in Wikipedia, I often click on many other items, despite Wikipedia’s shortcomings in grammar, style, bias, questionable credibility. Although, there are usually many source-links for further exploration.

Other than emailing, online interaction [especially web conferencing] is unfamiliar to me. I’ve read a lot so far & have much more to learn. The material is almost too cumbersome. I’ve saved 6+ PDF tutorials, totaling 600+ pages. Using the index to select particular subjects is paramount to efficient learning, & then highlighting certain areas.

Working TogetherThe late Enid Irwin, a former SLIS instructor, offered insights & advice about teamwork. I have had only a slight resistance to group projects – much less aversion than her label of monster. She has talked about several fears that students have. I have neither fears nor worries, which I see as too emotional. Instead, I have concerns. Although, I have often temporarily lacked common sense or had not fully thought something through.

Among the fearful items, the following are not negative drawback concerns of mine: time, tech, content, workload, confidence, risk, being passive, clueless, slackers. Isolation & conflict are potential barriers. Isolation (ie exclusion) in past classes (all corporal) has not occurred. A feeling of isolation is fitting for online interaction, in being impersonal & lacking sensory contact (sight, some hearing, reality).

The former SLIS Director, Dr. Ken Haycock, has provided similar insights on teams. Some of the major issues for teams: clear performance goals, accountability, dealing with interpersonal conflict, misperceptions versus actual requirements, conflict dysfunction, ground rules, expectations, among others.

Those are important considerations for individuals to be aware of & improve upon. Having a PMA (positive mental attitude) is beneficial for all endeavors, to involve one’s self, exert high effort & prepare. More communication is a key.

Brain Matter

Brain Matter

Mind & Attitude

Mind & Attitude

Skills -- Technical & Personal

Skills — Technical & Personal


Constant pursuit of knowledge

People can be lazy & spend much time for entertainment purposes. Continual pursuit of knowledge can be rewarding. I like to expand my mind (not about drugs) – reading/learning often.

Many people are educated, yet eschew more/new information, often because it does not fit their world-view or narrative. Many people know things that are not true, and might have their beliefs based upon generalizations, propaganda, biases & such. It’s called cognitive dissonance.

We are now receiving more formal education for expertise in the field of aiding others gain knowledge – for those whom end up in libraries. Sure, other LIS fields can involve others gaining knowledge, as do many jobs, but few other jobs match my description – persons going to your place for books & stuff.

There are exceptions for the purpose of some library patrons going there for fiction books or other entertainment options. Sure, things can be learned, but those are dissimilar from pure knowledge.

Original Purpose of this blog

For any fellow LIS students whom have arrived here:

Here’s a little explanation about this blog – active 9-2010 to 12-2010.

I started taking classes in journalism & media. One class had a unit on blogs & part of the assignment was for a certain amount of posts during the semester. I decided to stay on the subject of urban issues. I planned ahead for the post topics, which can be noticed in that the titles are alphabetical (looksee again at the RSS).

I added other items (ie in banner links) in addition to the urban posts.

I chose urban issues because I had recently almost earned an MUP (masters in urban planning). I completed all of required course, plus 20%+ more. I did not complete a thesis, but that was not the problem. Due to bureaucracy, miscommunication & the star constellation at the time, my classes do not count. Long story.

So, in fall 2010, I was thinking about other degrees & blah, blah…