26 January 2011, by A. Cedilla
Continuing from part one, here’s another method to help you. One useful tool to give you a boost is PITA ( and no, it doesn’t stand for Pain in The A$$, although if that helps you remember, hey, go for it.)
PITA stands for Plan, Implement, Test and Adjust. These are basic principles that we were introduced to in all our science classes and experiments in school — remember tossing around words like thesis, hypothesis, variables, analysis and conclusions, and then having to cite the reference material you used? Death by boredom. (And too bad everything evaporated at graduation.)
Now that you’re an adult, maybe you can appreciate what you learned (and lost) from those classes. The teachers weren’t exposing you to these things to make your life harder, they were showing you a way to think systematically, logically and strategically.
There’s definitely a great advantage in training yourself into doing so, rather than being stuck in the habit of doing things on-the-fly, or flying by the seat of your pants.
That being said, let’s break it down, then. Continue reading Starting Small and Growing Slow In The New Year 2
21 January 2011, by A. Cedilla
We’re well into the first month of a new year, long enough for the holiday-glitter to fade, and for everyone to return to their regularly scheduled programming. But even after having settled in, it’s not uncommon to still have some parts of the old year taking the front-stage in your inner musings. After all, it’s a new year, right?
What’s more satisfying than to plan how to make this year better than last year, eh?
And how better than to do so by replaying the best and worst of 2010 in your mental movie-house?
Today’s article is about taking the pictures out from your mental reel and translating them into a workable plan with real-life accomplishments, and purposefully, consciously make this a better year for you.
Looking back from today’s perspective, were you satisfied with your last 12 months? Think about the year you just had. How was it? What stood out? What happened that you wish didn’t stand out? Shake it apart and see how it breaks down.
You can’t go forward with purpose if you don’t know where you want to go. If you want to move away from something you don’t want anymore, or towards something you want more of, you have to know what these things are.
In the same vein, if you can’t remember a lot of good or bad points, well, what do you want to do to make this year more memorable?
Continue reading Starting Small and Growing Slow In The New Year