*Cough* *Cough* *Dusts off keyboard*
Oh boy, has it been a while since this blog has seen any action! I have to be honest, since the announcement of The Burgeoning Bibliothec vlog I have been struggling with the idea of recording myself and putting it out there for all the world to see. As an extroverted introvert I often find myself in dilemmas like these. On one end I am so excited to improve my public speaking abilities and to learn effective communication through presentations. However, on the other end I am also nervous about creating interesting content that might help MLS students like myself. In other words, I want to do something new yet I’m scared to do it.
Since beginning my MLS program; however, I made a pact with myself that I would overcome those fears and do what I had an excitement for. For example, instead of telling myself “That’s cool, I want to do that!” I’ve switched gears into “That’s cool, how can I make this happen?” Thankfully this fresh mindset has certainly paid off in more ways than I could have ever imagined. So, after reflecting heavily on my vlog and blog goals for the past month here’s my working plan that will help me get started with this new medium:
The ‘Let’s Make it Happen Plan’
Step 1: Get those jitters out
Up until this past summer I tended to reflect heavily on all of the things I haven’t accomplished which is a major no-no if you’re trying to move forward. While a lot of this has to do with my ADHD, I’ve dedicated a lot of time and efforts in halting the negative mindset and shifting gears towards a much clearer and positive mindset. So first thing’s first let’s get those jitters out by remembering the things that you’ve made come to fruition. For my personal future reference here’s a list of a few of my proudest moments in the library field:
- Getting into grad school
- Becoming the 16′ – 17′ GLISA President
- Becoming an ALA Student to Staffer
- Attending various LLAMA board meetings during the Conference
- Becoming a LLAMA New Professionals Section Chair
- Applying for and getting the Circ Assistant Position at UT!
Step 2: Pen to Paper, Timer to Task.
As you can tell from my blog, I am a list maker! With my ADHD I have found that lists have easily become the format I can understand and process information easily, effectively, and efficiently. Now, I tend to hyper focus when it comes to planning which can easily derail my other tasks and goals of the day. To subdue my hyper focus I think it would be best to do this in 15-30 minute phases:
- Phase 1: Create a list with the following sections: Questions, timeline, important resources (potential experts, websites, and more), time sensitive to-dos, and future goals.
- Phase 2: Create your questions list and if you have an idea for any other section just list it briefly. NO RESEARCH IS TO BE CONDUCTED YET!
- Phase 3: Begin to answer your questions through research. During this time you might come across important resources and time sensitive to-dos that you can list easily. Be sure to only spend two 30 minute sessions on this with a 15 minute break in between.
- Phase 4: Create your timeline with deadlines.
- Phase 5: Wrap up any loose ends on the to-dos.
After spending this time on the planning you’re ready to get started on implementation! Also don’t forget to follow your deadlines and to-dos.
Step 3: Reflect on the why
After going through the extensive planning process I tend to become tired and start to question whether or not carrying out the idea is worth it. Nine times out of ten I find that an idea is worth pursuing so I wanted to integrate this step to help alleviate some of that uncertainty.
- Remember your initial enthusiasm for the project.
- Review your future goals.
- Write about it or share it on The Burgeoning Bibliothec to make it official.
While many people might believe that I’m a little crazy for putting this much work to help me overcome a fear and tackle a project, I’ve found that this system not only coincides with my quirks but it also coincides with the way my brain processes information. If you have any suggestions on how to overcome that initial fear of beginning something new I’m all ears!