Learning Technologies Newsletter

ISSUE 90 - January 2013 - by Phil Chambers
Happy New Year


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Welcome to the January 2013 issue of the Learning Technologies Newsletter. Please continue to forward it to friends and colleagues who you think would find it useful.

This month we have an article thinking about resolutions and effective goal setting plus our regular features of quote of the month, Mind Mapping tip and what I’ve been up to.


January's Quote of the Month

"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached,
don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps."

~ Confucius

More quotes here



What's Phil Up To?

TLI Reading Group


Much of December was spent preparing and co-organising the World Memory Championships. Congratulations go to Johannes Mallow of Germany who won the title for the first time. Very well deserved.

This month, as well as writing, I will be running a teacher training event on Accelerated Learning.


Mind Mapping Tip of the Month.

If you have a long quote that is relevant to a link between ideas, you can write it along the line of an arrow.
(You can also do this in iMindMap software)


A New Year - A New Direction.

Three frogs were sitting on a lily pad. Two decided to jump off. How many were left? The answer is three. Making a decision is very different to actually taking action.

It is very easy to decide on New Year’s resolutions but far harder to follow them through with actions. All too easily life gets in the way and before you know it you have lapsed into old habits and admitted defeat. The key to success is to set bold, big goals and then split them down into little steps. Some can be achieved very quickly, others will take a little longer. But with each little action you move bit by bit towards your goal. Make a Mind Map or to-do list and put it somewhere where you will see it often: Perhaps on your office wall or on the fridge door. Whenever you have achieved one of the actions, triumphantly tick it off or highlight it.

Goals or resolutions can, and indeed should, be challenging but must also be things that you can have influence over. Winning the lottery is purely down to chance. Improving your wealth by learning about financial management and investments is achievable through study.

It is a good idea to create goals in each area of life. I have listed some categories in alphabetical order. You can add your own and prioritise these as you see fit.

  • Career and Work: This can be employment or entrepreneurship, paid or unpaid. Are you fulfilled in your job? How can you make it better?

  • Community and Society: This can be voluntary work or simply being connected to your local community.

  • Family, Friendship and Relationships: Spending quality time with loved ones and deepening relationships with those people that really matter.

  • Finance and Money: Issues surrounding money and material things. Of course you can be rich in many more ways than purely financially but it important to mange money and avoid debt.

  • Health, Diet and Fitness: Maintaining physical wellbeing and looking after your body.

  • Personal Development: Planning your own personal growth and development. Taking time to acquire skills and knowledge.

  • Recreation and Play: Playfulness is not restricted to kids. Find time to play, relax and enjoy pastimes.

  • Spirituality and Meaning: I am not advocating religion but by spirituality I mean inner peace, your place in the world and personal values.

Spend some time this month to plan your direction for the year ahead and how 2013 can be your best year ever. May the best of last year be the worst of this year!

That’s it for this month. I’ll be back in touch with the next newsletter in early February.

Best Wishes