Sunday, December 27, 2009

HLS Photo of the Year

Hi All, As many of you know, I enjoy photography. I often share my work on this blog and I have recently set up an online gallery. Of the photos that I have taken this year, the above is my favorite. I took this shot in a boat house along a lake outside of Montreal. I saw this morning light and knew I had to go get my camera and try to capture this quiet mood.

I wish you all a peaceful holiday season and a happy new year! I'll be back after January 1.

All the best!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How well do you know your advisor?

Hi All,

This bit of grad school humor is brought to you by:

"Piled Higher and Deeper" by Jorge Cham

Check out his work!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Rock the Dissertation!

Here is an interview conducted by blogger Peg Boyle Single with the authors of What They Didn’t Teach You in Graduate School: 199 Helpful Hints for Success in Your Academic Career. This will be of greatest interest to those of you in doctoral programs, however some of the topics covered (like finding a mentor) are relevant to all.

Cheering you on!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Taking my own advice

Hi friends,

I intended to post this morning. However I need to get ready for a phone call with a colleague and so first things first....

Back tomorrow with a real post!

Be well,

Friday, December 11, 2009

Saturday morning video (early) -- bent objects

Hi Folks,

I'll be offline tomorrow, so here's your weekly video a day early.

Good luck with the work this weekend! Finish strong!

Cheering you on,

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Finish Strong -- Strategy Four - Take Breaks

Exams, papers, presentations -- end of the semester is demanding, no doubt. In the midst of all of this preparation and work, remember to take breaks. When you are on deadline, those breaks probably need to be brief -- a short walk, a short phone call with a friend, a quick trip to get a snack, whatever. Breaks are important, they help you be more effective over the long term, by helping you maintain your focus and energy.

Cheering you on!

photo by HLS

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Finish Strong -- Strategy Three - Back up your work

I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again here -- be sure to back up your work. I'm repeating it this weekend because this is a time of year when some folks just want to be done and rush at the end, occasionally losing work. So when you finish that paper or powerpoint or whatever:

1. save it carefully (know where you've saved it, etc.)
2. back it up.... if nothing else, email it to yourself
3. use any other back up systems you have (stationary back-up drive, jump or thumb drive, etc.)

Sometimes as we are finishing, we rush. I'm encouraging you to slow down and be careful so you don't lose any work.

Cheering you on!

Saturday morning video - Hoop stars

This has been around for awhile, but it always makes me smile. Hope it brings you good energy this weekend! Cheering you on, Harriet

Friday, December 4, 2009

Finish Strong -- ending the semester with gusto! Strategy Two - Positive Self Talk

In these final days of the semester do you find yourself engaging in negative self talk? You know, "I"ll never get this done," or "I don't belong in this program, I can't do this." If so, give yourself a timeout and intentionally engage in positive self talk, even for just a few minutes. Changing these messages you give yourself is a valuable skill that will serve you here at the end of the term and well beyond.

"I can do this."
"I've done well on my other papers, I will do well on this one."
"I am a much better writer than when I started this program."
"This presentation will be a success."

You can do it!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Finish Strong -- ending the semester with gusto! Strategy One

Hi All, Here we are post-Thanksgiving, looking toward the end of the semester. My next few posts will focus on finishing strong. You may be tired, eager for the holidays, ready for a break and so on, however I'm here to push you to give these last few weeks of the semester all that you have. Dig deep and work hard -- you can do it!

Strategy One: if you aren't already, get organized! Don't spend hours doing this or it becomes another form of procrastination. However, if you don't have all of your books and papers together, gather these items. Second, make a clear to-do list/timeline. What needs to be finished before the end of the semester, and when are the deadlines? Are there things floating around on your to-do list that can wait until after the semester is over? Time to prioritize!

Readers -- do you have strategies that you use to "finish strong"? If so, please send them my way.

Tune back in on Friday for Strategy Two of "Finish Strong"

Cheering you on!

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