Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Worry Buster

(by Graham McGregor, from his booklet How To Make 2014 The Best Year Ever)

An interesting survey was done a few years ago on what the average person worries about. The survey found that forty percent of what people worry about never happens. And thirty percent of what people worry about had already happened so you couldn’t do anything about it. Twelve percent of what the average person worries about is what others say about you, which most of the time is untrue. Finally, according to this survey, ten percent of worry deals with your health and worrying will only make that worse!

That leaves about eight percent of the things that are considered to be real problems… and worry will not do any good with these either!

In other words, we worry about a lot of things that are not going to happen or have already happened. In the wonderful book “How to stop worrying and start living” by Dale Carnegie there is an excellent technique to handle worry.

It’s called the ‘Worry Buster’ and it has four simple steps:
  1. Define in writing exactly what you are worried about. In medicine there is a saying that accurate diagnosis is 50% of the cure. So write down exactly what you are worried about. For example “I am worried about my job.” Or “I am worried about a business client I have who is slow paying their invoice.”
  2. Define in writing the Worst Possible Outcome (W.P.O.) of this worry. If you have concerns about your job, the worst possible outcome is that you lose this job. If you have concerns about a business client being slow to pay their invoice the worst possible outcome is that you never get paid.
  3. Decide mentally to accept the worst possible outcome should it occur. This will mentally relieve a lot of stress. Ask yourself will this outcome kill me? Will losing your job kill you? Will not getting paid kill you? In most cases the answer is no. (Asking this simple question allows you to put your worry in perspective.)
  4. Take action immediately to make sure the worst possible outcome doesn’t occur. Action is the antidote for worry. If you are worried about your job, talk to someone in your organisation who can give you more accurate information about your concerns.
If you are worried about a client not paying you, perhaps you could make time to go and talk with them face to face and voice your concerns. Maybe you could offer them an installment plan to pay their invoice if they are in financial difficulty.

Another useful strategy to eliminate worry is the ten year question. This is a great question to ask whenever you experience a major setback of any sort. “Ten years from now will this really matter?” This puts everything in perspective fast! If I were to ask you what you were worried and concerned about on this day 12 months ago most people wouldn’t have a clue. This goes to show that much of what we think is terrible today is usually not that important even a year later. Ten years is even longer.

Use the Worry Buster technique on any worry you have right now. It’s an excellent tool to eliminate worry quickly. And the more worries you eliminate the happier you will feel.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter in Style

If your Working Style is tactile with a non-preference for mobility, chances are high that you may enjoy dabbling in various crafts from time to time.

Easter is a perfect time for crafts. Depending on the part of the world you live in and your cultural background, you may want to try your hand at painting eggs, making palm crosses, knitting fluffy yellow chickens and designing the world's best treasure hunts for those yummy chocolate treats.

More often than not, you will have a festive meal with a creatively decorated table. Have a look at our photos for some ideas. And have a very happy Easter - in Style.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Free Group Profiles

All teachers know how important it is to get to know the learning styles prevalent in their class. But teachers don't always have enough time to read every single student's LSA profile in detail, what with 28-35 children in an average classroom. That's why here, at Creative Learning, we've updated our free group profiles to summarise every class's learning needs in one easy-to-understand report.

Say goodbye to unruly behaviour and blank looks. Find out what your class needs and enjoy a more stress-free learning environment. Simply purchase the LSA profiles for every student, let them complete the questionnaire online (they love this part), then run a group profile on the results. As easy as 1, 2, 3!

Start here.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Manage Your Time

Do it in style - according to your own unique Working Style features. A Working Style is the way in which people concentrate, work on something new and/or difficult, make decisions, take information in and solve problems.

The time of day in which you concentrate best is part of your Working Style too. Is getting up with the birds every morning a challenge for you? Do you find it difficult to stay awake in the evening? Blame your Working Style, not just your workload. And how about the afternoon? Does it happen that you push unwanted tasks into the time after lunch and then find that you are stuck and don’t get the disliked job done? So you put it off to the next afternoon and even further if you can.

This is a classical mismatch between a time-of-day non-preference and the attempt to do something difficult or boring just then. Your natural Working Style will make it extremely difficult, often prevent it! You can try to fool your body clock by making it follow a certain work pattern, like early morning business meetings or working on an urgent report till after midnight, but unless that is your natural Working Style, you’ll be doing so at a cost to your overall productivity, even your health.

Whether you approach your work sequentially or prefer multitasking is also part of your Working Style makeup. The latest research shows that multitasking - the very quality so sought after by most employers - can often lead to stress and burnout if your natural inclination is to work on one project at a time. Nevertheless, today’s technology enables - or even demands - us to stretch our attention over several simultaneous activities.

What is your best time management style? Find out.

Time like water....