My blog tagline is: Musing, enthusing, libraries, emerging technologies, balancing, being mum. This post fits the “musing” and “balancing” part more than the “emerging technologies and libraries” bit of it.
About a year ago, my sons became more independent and the last of my parents’ estate was almost wound up. I suddenly had more time for me. So what did I do? I said “yes”.
I read Danny Wallace ‘s book Yes Man, where he decided to say “yes” for a year just to see what happened. Without going to the same extremes, I tried starting my response to anything from “yes”. As I reported in August last year it lead to some great professional opportunities – ones I would have previously turned down because I had too little time/wasn’t organised enough/didn’t know enough/wasn’t good enough/was scared about.
So, where has this attitude got me now? Back from a week’s holiday with rather more on my plate than I should have, and less time for my kids than I want. I LOVE all the things I’ve said “yes” to, but won’t have enough “me” left if I keep up at this pace.
Much of what I’m doing is half work related/half professional development. I do most of it outside work hours, unpaid – although work is extremely supportive and has been very generous about allowing me some time. I think they hire me to do a job – not to tell everyone about it or develop other people’s staff – although maybe I should go back and read my last post about how libraries should blow their own trumpets.
So, here’s what’s in the “yes bunker” for the next couple of months:
- Presentation ready for Perth barcamp this Saturday called “What’s the Use of Second Life in Education?”. I’ve created a wiki with some embedded YouTube clips as I suspect Central TAFE blocks Second Life.
- Revisons and screenshots for a chapter that I’m co-authoring with two co-workers for a hybrid book/wiki about Library2.0 initiatives in academic libraries. (end of July)
- Rewrite presentation and slides about Second Life and Libraries for Libraries, Web2.0 and Other Internet Stuff, at the State Library of Victoria, July 23rd
- Doing something for WA Library Unconference planned for 3 August (NOT about Second Life)
- Create an enhanced podcast about Libraries and Second Life and learn how to use shoutcast and winamp, for a presentation to be streamed into Second Life as part of the University of Southern Queensland Faculty of Education Symposium Online Learning Using Virtual Worlds 16th August 2007
- Record a voice track for the movie clip of the Australian Libraries Building in Second Life so that it can be archived by the Pandora project at the National Library of Australia
- If they are accepted, write one paper for the VALA conference, and co-author another.
- Write a couple of “how to” posts for librariesinteract.info
What have I learned from my yes-filled adventures?
- If I am well prepared and talk about something that interests me, I won’t fall flat on my face in terror during a presentation, and can even find it enjoyable.
- Accepting all friend offers in social networks (except the utter kooks) can lead to some unexpectedly delightful gems.
- Each hour of presentation takes at least 5 hours of preparation, and often much, much more.
- It’s not cheating to recycle material if its fresh to the audience.
- It’s fun to be part of other peoples’ learning.
- “Yes” works best with a reason behind it. These are not good “yes” reasons – “No-one else can do it”, “Housework is more boring”, “My family won’t miss the time with me”, “It’s such a good opportunity”, “I can miss a bit of sleep/exercise/leisure time”.
- If I’m really interested in a project, I will simply not sleep, just like in High School.
- My time is precious and I should use “no” to guard it
- Instead of approaching situations and thinking “I can’t do that because…”, I am approaching them with the attitude “I can do this – do I want to?”.