Update and News on My Life

Hi there. As you can see it has been awhile, 22 months in fact, since my last blog here. Why you might wonder? Well I took my own advice from that last blog (which you can read here) and seized the day.

I have just completed my MSc in Digital Business with First Class Honours. Woohoo 🙂

The focus of my final thesis was Employee Experience. Using my learnings from that I have created a brand new website and accompanying blogs. The website is located here and my blogs are located here. I am still writing new blogs so check in often.

I would love to hear what you think of my new website and blogs so do please feel free to drop by, and leave comments and suggestions. I would appreciate you following me also please 🙂

Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing you all over at my new blogs.

Elaine – follow me on Twitter @elainebeare

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Procrastination and One Way To Complete Your Goals

How many times have you said…”Yes I’ll do that tomorrow”? Sounds familiar right???? Yes, I am, or rather was, one of those people. One task being put off until tomorrow doesn’t sound too bad but what happens when it becomes 5, 20, 100. Then that overwhelmed feeling starts and it feel like nothing can be accomplished.

Well, I have finally found something that is working for me!  The “do it now” approach. It takes a bit of prep but is well worth trying.  Block out some time on your calendar and start typing your to-do list. Break down every task or goal into a single action item – ie send an email, book a meeting. I use Evernote as I can add to, and mark off, my check-list as each task is completed. I also add a task and mark it complete every time I do something not on the list. “Why?” you may ask. It allows me to check how many goals or tasks I have completed, both planned and unplanned.

Next step – tackle that list one by one – whether you make a start first thing in the morning or the last half hour before you go home. Start booking that time in your calendar until you are in a routine of automatically completing a few tasks every day. Before long you will see that list disappear. And better still at the end of the week, month, year, etc. you will see yourself with a long list of goals or tasks completed.

I start a new list each month and carry forward any unfinished tasks. That way they don’t get forgotten and will give you a starting point for the new month.

So what are you waiting for? Start that list and see how fast you can make headway on your tasks and goals. And hey guess what, I have just written another blog and that’s another tick on my to-do list 🙂

All feedback as always is welcome 🙂

Elaine

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Alphabet Blog – C is for Courage

Courage is described as the ability to do something that frightens one. I have a fear of heights and consider standing on a chair a foot off the ground to be a major achievement! However, on a recent holiday in Malaga I decided to embrace that fear! As a daytrip I took the train to Benalmadena, and bought myself a ticket for the Teleferico Cablecarto to the Peak of Mount Calamorro, at more than 771 metres altitude.

I stepped into the cable car and took my seat. Ten seconds into the ride and my heart was pounding. My white-knuckled grip of the hand hold in the approximately 4 feet by 6 feet space was indicative of my fear of the unknown. Fifteen minutes of heart-stopping fear and sweat ensued until finally I reached the top and the cable-car came to a stop. I shakily left the car, delighted and relieved to be back on terra firma, and set off to explore.

All I can say is WOW. This was the reward for courage, and what a reward. The panoramic view was stunning. A 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains and coast greeted me, with miles and miles of coastline, including the Costa del Sol and Sierra Nevada. Had it been a clear day, I could also have seen Gibraltar and the African Coast. And although I knew I had the return journey of nail-biting terror, this journey of fear has taught me that courage truly has it rewards.

So embrace your fears and use courage to bring you your rewards!

Elaine Beare

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Alphabet Blog – the letters T and F

Today’s blog is brought to you by the letters T and F.

T is for Toastmasters, a subject near and dear to me. In May 2012 I was offered the opportunity to join Toastmasters, and it is a decision I have never regretted. A brief two and a half years later I am now the President of EMC Ireland Toastmasters Forum.The benefits that Toastmasters has brought to my life are numerous. I have developed confidence, both in myself and in the things I do. I have developed my leadership and communication skills. I can honestly say my career would not have progressed without the skills I learnt at Toastmasters.

F is for Fear, one of the strongest emotions a person can feel. Fear is certainly the emotion I was feeling when I stood up to give my Icebreaker speech in Toastmasters. With my heart pounding and my whole body shaking as if a million volts were blasting through me, I stood up and gave my first speech. And I have to say, the feeling when I sat down having completed my Icebreaker was like walking on water. The exhilaration was fantastic.

Do I still feel fear? Yes, definitely! But…I now know how to control it. And that ladies and gentlemen, is all thanks to Toastmasters. To my audience I now appear confident and knowledgeable as I stand in front of them speaking. And this is something anyone can learn. That is the great thing about Toastmasters. It is open to everyone. So why not check out where your local club is and go along for a visit. I promise you, if you sign up, and follow the Toastmasters learning path, you will never regret it. 🙂

Elaine Beare

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Alphabet Blogging – The Letters M and E

I am always trying to think of fresh ideas for blogging and today I hit on the idea of alphabet blogging. As a child I loved Sesame Street and I still think it is one of the best educational shows I have seen. One great feature of the program was the letters and numbers….today’s show is brought to you by the letters…  So why not pick a letter and blog about something beginning with that letter? Here’s my first blog following this idea.

Today’s blog is brought to you by the letters M and E. M is for music. Now there’s a wide ranging topic! I have a passion for music. As I write this my foot is tapping and my head is nodding to the rhythm of Hugh Laurie’s album “Let Them Talk”. What a versatile man! But that’s a whole other blog so back to M for music. From my early childhood music has been an integral part of my life. My earliest memory of music is singing along to Country Roads as my father drove us, appropriately enough, down a local country road. I was raised on Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond and have been fortunate enough to see them both perform live in Ireland.

E is for earworm. What is that? I hear you ask. You know when you get a few lines of a tune stuck in your head and it just keeps playing back throughout the day? That’s an earworm! Burrowing into your subconscious and surfacing to irritate you when you least expect it. It could be a jingle from an ad, a children’s song or some song from the radio that you heard a few beats of, but that was enough to make it stick until the next earworm comes along.

Well that’s my alphabet blog for today, brought to you by the letters M and E. I hope you enjoyed my new approach.

Elaine Beare.

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