Monday Motivation #41 (2/22/2021)
I have a post-it note on my computer monitor with three words: Serve, Connect, Start. These are some of my core values, which I identified at the end of last semester when I was working weekly with a therapist to help manage stress and head off a depression cycle. My therapist suggested the “ACT” (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) approach, which helps to develop mental flexibility and resiliency through mindfulness and identifying personal values and priorities.
Last semester, I shared how I had implemented the ACT approach in my day-to-day life (in Monday Motivation 33, for those of you keeping track!). As intentional action has become more of a habit for me, I’ve found that the three values on my post-it note kept resurfacing. Service is literally part of my job title, and connection is something I try to do at work and at home. “Start” is a key, though — for me, that means taking that first action to begin a task.
Starting has been something of a challenge during the pandemic, as it requires a level of focus and motivation that can be hard to come by when one day seems just like the next. I keep plastic kitchen timers on all my desks and use that as a way to “start” when I just don’t feel like it. Setting the timer for 10 or 15 minutes and committing to work for just that long is often enough to get me into a more productive mood. If not, when the timer dings I give myself permission to move on to a more enjoyable activity.
As we finish up February, I’m sharing some resources this week to help us all overcome the inertia that tends to set in during winter.
Three Things to Try This Week
Reflect — try this quick “checkup” to help identify your own priorities and consider how you might adjust your schedule to accommodate a more values-based approach to your daily work.
Enjoy — the idea of embracing your circumstances and learning to find joy in any season is universal. Consider this summary of approaches from around the globe.
Explore — missing music from home, or eager to explore other cultures? This interactive map allows you to listen to current broadcasts from radio stations around the world!
- MSU CSTAT is offering a virtual data management workshop on February 25, which may count towards your discussion-based RCR training requirements (as long as your advisor approves).
- Missing the sights of campus? Bundle up and check out one of these walking tour routes.
- Looking for a warmer campus adventure? The MSU Broad Art Museum has free, timed tickets available to allow for socially-distanced admission.