Let me dive right in with my good news: I set and met my professional reading goals in January with the support, accountability, and community of #HigherEdReads.
As a reminder, I set out to do the following in January:
Done. Done. Done.
#KeyTakeaways from Indistractable
I didn't want to like this book. Nir Eyal's previous book is called Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. Now he's written this book about helping us to break those habits. Rude, right? I wasn't having it, but like many of us, I'd really been struggling with the feeling that my devices were controlling me instead of the other way around. So I went into this book thinking it might be a bit of a hate-read.
I loved it. I've recommended it at least a dozen times in the past few weeks, including to my students.
I love the setup of short chapters with actionable suggestions. I also love Eyal's focus on getting to the source. Our devices aren't the problem. The discomfort that we're running from, that we're terrified of, that keeps us from sitting still for three seconds, is the source of our problems. Blaming our devices only make things worse.
Since finishing Indistractable, I've refined a lot of my time management choices, gotten even more serious about time blocking, and continued to reflect on my priorities. It's a great book, and I'd recommend it to anyone who's concerned about their devotion to their devices, or who feels like there never enough hours in the day.
In February, I plan to:
#HigherEdReads Dates and Reminders
As a reminder, here's how you can join us in participating with #HigherEdReads, which is NOT a book club, but a professional reading accountability group. We had amazing engagement in January, with so many educators sharing and celebrating their reading goals. We'd love to have you join us if you haven't already.
Share your #HigherEdReads February goals in Twitter and/or LinkedIn on Monday, February 3rd (or throughout the month).
Join us on Wednesday, February 12th, at 2pm ET for a #HigherEdReads Twitter chat.
#HigherEdReads: Learning Lessons
I've had so many thoughts running through my mind this month about books, reading, authors, accountability, time management, and community.
Last semester (am I the only one who thinks of their life/year in semesters?), I committed to blogging once a week, and I stuck to that goal. It was a lot. And I miss it. And it was a lot.
I'm going to by blogging each day this week about some lessons I've been learning through #HigherEdReads, and some ideas I have for its future. I hope you'll take a minute to read, and let me know your thoughts and ideas.
Have a great week, y'all.
P.S. I still have a few #HigherEdReads stickers left, so if you're interested, send me a DM or email, an I'll get that over to you soon.
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