So much opportunities out there and only that much time available. Looks like I will have a couple more night shifts.
I registered with edx and started some online courses. For USD50 I will be able to get even a certificate at the end.
My first course is on Work-Life balance. This should be interesting, how to manage both more efficiently, as I’m not really keen to compromise in any.
The other course I registered with is on data analysis for life science with R. I really need that for work. Fingers crossed I learn something till our big day, 14th of November, the world diabetics day.
All that means probably less sleep. Will see how my body reacts to it.
You know those days when you really feel good. You know you have done something. And you are satisfied with the results
But then there is still this little evil voice saying “you can do better”, “that’s not what your boss has asked you to do”, “you are not getting paid for that”.
You know, all this negativity coming out … and there goes your good feeling from the beginning.
How to handle this? What if this little evil voice is saying the truth? Why do I get this feeling of accomplishment in the first place?
Because I loved the work I did. I learnt something new. Could teach someone else something new.
It feels right and wrong at the same time. Tricky situation.
Since I have put the TV in the storage area, I have plenty more time to do some reading. However, it still feels like I don’t have enough time. Anyway, I discovered that I need a specific environment to read. Don’t you hate when I just started to read a good book and you need something to drink. Do you wait till the chapter is finished or do you interrupt the reading to rescue yourself? How about a skype message you heard popping up in the background … are you curious enough to check or are you one with the book and stick to it?
Here are my requirements I need to have the “perfect” reading environment:
No talking in the background … that includes Personal Development audios
Music without lyrics … otherwise I start listening to the text
enough water … or I am running every 10min to get something to drink
MacBook far away from me … or I am browsing
Notepad next to me so I can take notes as soon as I have ideas
Of course the situation will never be perfect, but I can commit myself to at least some of these points.
I also find out that most of the thing I am reading, not a lot stays with me unfortunately. So I have to re-read a lot of things. That’s one reason why I am hesitating to start speed-reading.
My “To-Read”-folder on the Mac is huge … so many ebooks and whitepapers to read. How can I prioritise them? The filename is most of the time not really of help, therefore I am force to open it anyway. My pile of hardcopy books is not small either. But I guess, everyday a bit and I get through the mountain 😉
And what do you think about reading several books at the same time. I just noticed today, that I have four unfinished books, so I quickly finished one today. Why can’t I stick to one at the time?
That is the moment you are working for and at the same time it represents a new challenge for you.
A leader is someone people look up to and listen to. A leader also manages a team of people with a common goal. A leader keeps learning and knows how to delegate tasks to the team. A leader is able to talk to team members truthfully and with faith. A leader finds solutions to problems and trains team members to become a leader of leaders.
The challenging parts can be:
advanced people skills
staying true to yourself
having a bigger vision than the team
Being a leader comes with rewards but also with more responsibility. Are you willing to reach the next level? Are you willing to sacrifice something in your life temporarily to improve your leadership skills? Are you desperate enough to go for the bigger goal? Will you be able to handle a team of like-minded people joining your journey, desperate to learn from you? Are you still open-minded enough to keep up with technology and improve and speed up processes your team are working on?
Feeling like a leader is something different to being seen as a leader. Work closely with your team but also with your mentor. Stepping up and doing something outside of your comfort zone is something that won’t be unnoticed. Your team will give your feedback immediately.
Are you a leader already? What are your experiences on your enjoy to become a leader?