How to Stop Procrastinating

As professionals, there is always something new to learn, always something to be doing, always something to be improving upon… We know this, but sometimes, we find ourselves in a comfort zone where we stick to what’s tried and true. We know this leads to complacency, to tired material, to apathetic feelings. Yet, we look at the alternative, which in this context is to thrive and shake it up, and we think “yeah, I should really take that class, I should really work on that, or I should really brush up on that skill.”


The first step to take to stop procrastinating is to eliminate the word “should.”

When we say “I should do xyz” what we’re really saying is “later I will do xyz.” And when later comes, we look back on our broken promise and admit we allowed procrastination to seep in and take over our important tasks.

Second step to take to stop procrastinating is to ask ourselves why we allow it to seep in? Are we bored? Are we tired? Are we lacking the time?

Many situations can keep us from growing as professionals. We can make a list of excuses and line them up for what seems like infinity. Do excuses really help us?

To stay fresh and fulfilled as professionals requires that we step outside the walls of comfort and reach for more. In other words, we have to stop procrastinating and take action on critical personal and professional development steps that will help us further succeed in our roles.

Andy Phillips shares his ideas on how to best break free from procrastination by breaking bad habits in his posting The Quickest Way to Improve.

He suggests writing a list of bad habits, placing them in a bowl, and picking one of them out once a month and not doing the habit. When mastered, he advises to choose another. To gain more insights on his method, check out his website – The Art of Small Improvements.

Always in Learning Mode,
Your friends at ISD Now

Have you experienced success when you’ve tried to stop procrastinating?

3 Job Searching Tips for Instructional Technologists from the eLearning Coach

We wanted to share some job searching tips from Connie Malamed, blogger at the eLearning Coach, and a close friend of ISD Now.

elearning coachShe recently shared her podcast on “Finding a Job in Instructional Technology,” with us. In the podcast, Connie interviews Joe Fournier, Director of Instructional Design and Technology, who has hired several individuals within the field.

Joe shares 3 helpful key job searching tips for finding a job in instructional technology:

  • A Thirst for Learning: A good instructional designer often possesses a thirst for learning
  • Portfolio Power: Joe encourages instructional designers provide portfolios (particularly in an online format).
  • Bye-Bye Boilerplate: Hiring managers are looking to hire instructional designers who fit with the team and close any existing gaps. Outstanding interviewees can have a conversation with you, not regurgitate boilerplate talking points about themselves.

To hear the full podcast with job searching tips for instructional designers, click below.

Click here to listen to the podcast “Finding a Job in Instructional Technology” in a new window.

Subscribe to Connie’s podcasts in iTunes.

Always in Learning Mode,
Your friends at ISD Now
P.S. Are you looking for a job in instructional technology? Join the UMBC ISD Career and job list-serve!

What are Some Tricks to Google Search?

Curious about knowing some tricks to Google search? They do exist.

tricks-to-google-searchMost of us who are busy professionals are trying to save time. We’ve only got so many hours in a day to get things accomplished. If you’re like most, you’ve probably researched the best ways to streamline processes and create systems to make life easier and help you work more efficiently and effectively.

Learning the Tricks to Google Search is critical if efficiency and effectiveness are a top priority.

One area that can easily become a time waster is in the land of searching for information. We type into search engines those terms we believe will magically bring out the content we need, but often are discouraged when we discover page after page of irrelevant content.

So, what kind of tricks to Google search can we put into practice so we can become better searchers and save time for those business and learning activities that can keep us focused on the success track?

Whitson Gordon wrote an article “Top 10 Ways to Speed Up and Beef Up Your Google Searches” on Lifehacker. In this informative article, he details some great tricks to Google search that will streamline the process. Some of the ideas he outlines are making use of built-in tools, user scripts, and cache tools, to name a few. Check out his article for in-depth ideas how 10 easy to use tricks.

The bottom line is, the more focused we can be on the task at hand, the more efficient we will be.

Always in Learning Mode,
Your friends at ISD Now

P.S. We’d love to hear from you on this important topic. What are some tricks to Google search that you’ve discovered?

Join us for a Complimentary Webinar on January 15, 2013

UMBC’s ISD Now Webinar Series is holding its next complimentary webinar, “Visual Language for Designers”, on January 15, 2013.

This webinar will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

Connie-MalamedThis complimentary webinar will touch on the importance of understanding the hidden language of visuals, and how this adds to more impact.

In this lively webinar, Connie Malamed explores visual design principles that are based on cognitive science. Participants will learn about the power of
visual communication and how to use graphics to engage learners, convey meaning and facilitate retention.

Register today!

Always in learning mode,
Your friends at ISDNow

PS. Feel free to check out Connie’s website.