After doing a few Webinars I’ve had some thoughts on things I’ve learnt. These were done using Zoom.us and viewed on a national level. My colleague does them on a global scale using other tools. You never know, maybe I’ll try going worldwide next year!
I’d like to share with you a little method I’ve used for battling boring things I need to learn about.
Given what I do, there are a LOT of topics I’ve had to look into. If it’s something I’m not into and it’s for work, my brain will tend to act all inner teenager, getting grumpy and yelling “Booooooorrrring”. It would much rather stomp to my room and play games.
So, I’ve had to find a way to trick my brain into looking at boring topics.
One way I can do this is ‘passive watching’ videos. Have you ever noticed when watching programmes or tv shows, as soon as an ad comes on you just zone out and think about something else. Then the ad stops and you switch back into activitly watching the programme? (He has me watching The Block lately, it’s an australian building competition show, worth watching for the tongue in cheek audio editors). I take advantage of this passive watching behaviour to watch boring topic videos. I search for something (usually about an hour to half an hours worth) on a subject. Hit play and zone out, as if watching a half hour advert. What I’m waiting for is ANYTHING interesting to land. Anything at all. little facts, little insights. When a moment hits, I will ‘switch’ as if an ad has just ended and the show is back on.
It can take a few tries. To be succesfful I have to find a presenter on a topic that actully has something insightful to say. (Also important to not have a phone or book or anything distracting in the hand) It has been an invauable technique to help me get into a topic and get my occasionally gruding teenage brain back on board.
And, if I’ve done it right, I usually find out it wasn’t so boring after all 🙂
[update] This was back in April 2014. I had been going through some messy stuff for years up to that. It’s now 2018. Making the shift of life and work and career has given time to heal. It’s so hard to escape the depths when you’re there. Having people you can genuinely trust is a huge help. I don’t think the Me from then, could even imagine the Me from now. I’m happy to update, the me and he from then are married now. He’s still a ‘good’ guy and I’m doing worlds better 🙂
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I’ve had a few stresses and tensions that I seem to be stuck with. It’s not fun.
It’s difficult for the partners of someone like this to know what to do in these moments. Something happened recently that helped me. I wanted to share it, maybe it’ll help someone else.
You’ve made it to the bathroom. That’s not the problem. You lean heavily against the door. Shaking. Holding the walls for support. Head pounding. Stomach tight.
And still, that’s not what worries you most. Through your swimming skull you realise; you’re playing body roulette.
Desperately waiting for the coin to fall. Heads or tails.
Can you guess correctly?
Can you guess in time?
And you think to yourself. What on earth did I eat?
I couldn’t find words of my own. So I tried someone else’s.
Thank you for everything x
“None of the files on the disc work!”
The junior is learning much this week about glitches and hitches. Today’s one; dragging files onto a Mac blank disc only burns the shortcuts (alias) not the files. How many hours have been lost to this mayhem?!
Silly Apple, what were they thinking?
No choice but to get client to ship disc again. The learning curve may be steep.. But the deadline’s often steeper.
(Image Bernhard Witz)
One year I was obsessed. I wanted a reindeer. No ordinary reindeer. One of Santas own reindeer, and I had answers to every question my parents posed to change my mind..
“but Santa needs them to deliver all the toys”
That’s okay. He can just do our house very last.
“but Santa needs the reindeer”
Only for bringing the toys. They don’t do anything the rest of the year so I can mind the reindeer til he needs him.
“but the reindeer will get lonely”
I’ll keep him company.. Or Santa can leave two!
“but what’ll he eat?”
There’s a field by the river with carrots and a donkey. The donkey can be his friend! The poor thing is all alone. Santa would be happy his reindeer is keeping friends with a donkey. I should tell him that.
(and so I wandered off satisfied. Not sure how my parents felt about the whole thing but try as they might for weeks there was no budging me).
Christmas morning came and I dashed to the bedroom window, CONVINCED there’d be a reindeer in the yard.
Confused but not giving up yet I went to the sitting room.
There. Sitting in the middle of the floor was a red inflatable reindeer about 1 foot tall. It had a note from Santa apologising, saying he really needed his reindeer but left this one. I was thrilled and excitedly told my parents Santas deer were too busy but this was just for me.
I loved that little plastic deer and it’s still my most remembered treasured gift.
Refreshing the mailbox since dawn. Even though you know the race doesn’t run til nine. Still you refresh. Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
In a way it’s like christmas. The anticipation. The impatient wait. What’ll it be? Have you been a good girl?
Should I have added the priority? Get outlook on my side? It would exclaim on my behalf. Read me!
Nothing to do now.
Are we there yet?
(I love to chat with strangers. Hear their stories. This one is from a lovely brazillian girl I met. The chat began about BBQs and spiders. Her story takes place in a natural museum in Brazil)
We would have to feed the snakes with a mouse. There was a big one and a little one. So one would always get to the mouse first and start to eat. Then the second one came and start to eat from the same mouse! Then the big one, she started to eat the other snake. So me and my other college, we had to pull them and try get them apart! One on each end.
And that was how I lost my fear of snakes.