Book Recommendations Based on your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s an undeniable fact that with January comes New Year’s resolutions, and with New Year’s resolutions comes the danger of frustration, burnout, or a lack of motivation. Even if you set resolutions that you’re really passionate about (and we hope you do!), changing your behavior can be hard work. To help you all out, I’ve rounded up some book recommendations based on common New Years Resolutions! Whether your goal is to eat healthier, reduce stress, or get organized, These books are here for you. I believe that books contain a wealth of knowledge and can be one of our greatest sources of inspiration when our own is flagging – so get reading and crush those goals!

 

Resolution #1: Increase your motivation/find your passion

Read Drive: The Surprising truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

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If you find yourself low on motivation and need to get yourself fired up for a new project, job, or challenge, Drive is a great reading choice. Pink draws on four decades of scientific research on motivation to reveal the three elements of true motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. By understanding the science behind human motivation, this book gives you the tools to better motivate yourself and others towards achieving your goals.

Drive is also the selection for the library’s Spring Book Club! The book club meeting to discuss Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us will take place on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 from noon – 1:00pm in room 210E in the library. The meeting will be in a BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) style, with coffee, tea, and fun giveaways supplied by the Health Sciences Library. Book club meetings take place three times a year in April, July, and November. Click here to RSVP for the meeting!

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Get Back on the Resolution Bandwagon: Setting SMART Goals

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally posted on January 28th, 2016.

At the beginning of the month, we introduced you to a few apps to help you keep your resolutions for the new year within reach. However, if you’ve fallen off of the resolution bandwagon, don’t feel discouraged (we’ve all been there)! Even with the best tools and the best intentions, we tend to get busy and distracted as the new year kicks into gear. However, it’s never too late to try again, and we’ve got a few tips that may help your next round of goal-setting end in success. Let’s examine how to make the SMART goal setting process work in your favor.

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Productivity Tips, Tricks, and Tools

For us medical librarians, this time of year is when we start gearing up for a new class of medical students to take the College of Medicine by storm. With new classes and orientations around the corner (and general lethargy being less socially acceptable in the fall than in the warm, languid summer months), upping our productivity is the name of the game. Here are some productivity tips, tricks, and tools that we find helpful, and  may help you knock out a new project or build a new habit as well!

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Unfortunately, growing extra arms isn’t a viable option for improving your workflow.

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