Friday, August 29, 2008

Tips for success

This is a self paced program, to do when, and how, you can. With peoples busy schedules we understand that not everyone will be able to complete the 23 things. However, to give yourself the best possible chance to do so, here are a few tips that may help you:
  1. Why? Think about why you want to do the program, and what part these online tools play in today’s society.
  2. How are they used? Find out how other libraries are using these tools to be more productive. Here is a good place to start: Library Success: a best practices wiki
  3. Ask a colleague: Talk to other staff about getting together to work through the tasks together. Maybe a colleague who has already done the program, or is ahead of you, can mentor you and keep you enthused.
  4. A sign: Put a sign up on your PC saying “23 Things” when you are working on it, so other staff know not to interrupt you, or simply to remind you to work on it when you have a few minutes.
  5. Make it interesting: Work out what keeps you interested: celebrities, history, movies, books, cooking, sports, travel etc… and create your blog/activities around this theme.
  6. Regular time: Set aside some regular time to devote to the program in the evening, afternoon, or before you open your email each day.
  7. One day at a time: Take it a day at a time. Do not try and race, but complete each ‘thing’ at your own pace.
  8. Reward Yourself: After each task/week is completed, reward yourself with something of personal value, e.g. Chocolate (dark or milk the choice is yours), a new book or CD, a manicure, or see a movie.

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