It’s the halfway mark! And I’m glad to see it. Kotuku has been an amazing journey so far but I’m right in the middle of a professional low and my motivation is as bright as a cloudy winters day.
I am loving the course content, it’s stimulating and thought provoking. I’m just feeling the weight of all the things I’ve taken on lately. Have you ever been so excited by a new role or a new opportunity that you’ve found yourself saying yes to everything? I do this a lot, and my enthusiasm gets me in strife.
First then, is to reflect on my goals that I set during Kotuku bootcamp, back when this all started, and even then my focus was productivity and how to get organised. On this reflection, the only goal I thought I had achieved was to buy a new handbag. Scoff you might, but it’s a serious tool for getting yourself organised. My last bag could barely hold my wallet and it’s hugely helpful having a notebook in there too. Got to keep that to do list up to date.
Then I noticed one or two more that I could tick off. And it started feeling better. It also helped to speak candidly to friends and colleagues. And, of course, knowing that my cohort was there to support me, commiserate with me, celebrate with me and share in my journey as much, or as little as I needed it.
Getting organised is an almost mythical thing for me. What does it look like? How does it feel? To be so on top of things that everything feels under control. I’ve tried a few strategies – kept lists, Trello, asked others what they do. But my greatest learning has been in really looking at who I am, through doing Kōtuku, understanding my inert aversion to deadlines – while also accepting that without them, I’d never get anything done.
That’s right, I’m a procrastinator.
And the best thing I ever did was read this book: The Art of Procrastination; a guide to effective dawdling, lollygagging, and postponing. https://tepuna.on.worldcat.org/oclc/797976335 It’s small (92 pages ; 19cm) so easily read in one sitting – I need my self-help fast before I get sidetracked. Thanks to this book (and associated tips from Rachel Arden) I know that if “Learning Norwegian” is always at the top of my list – I can easily achieve all the others. It’s a remarkably effective strategy.
Reflecting on my goals reminded why I’m doing Kotuku. Because I want to be better, I want to be more organised, and I want to be a passionate advocate for my profession and be able to lead and inspire others to go out and extend themselves.
But right now, I’m keeping it simple. I get overwhelmed by my to-do list, I think we all do sometimes. When it all feels too much, I just choose one thing. Just one, whatever size, and I tick it off. Like this blog post. TICK.
Getting organised is a journey, you don’t know you’re doing it right until you’re doing it, you’ll always worry that you could be better and people will have loads of advice for you. What works for others won’t always work for you – so who are you and how do you get things done?
Check out the article in the latest Library Life – page 34 “A Kotuku Column” for a great summary of the course so far from another member of my group.