Happy New Year!!!

Thank you for coming back to Mademoiselle Scientist. Last year when I started Mademoiselle Scientist I set my intention to create a digital space to support the next generation of scientists. Even though there has been ups and downs I am determined to find my niche. Having this corner of the internet is my opportunity to share and create the career path that suits my purpose, passion, skills, experiences and make an impact. 

This year I will keep sharing information and take steps to move forward with my goals. I know there will be challenges, but I am ready to face them head-on. Here’s to a new year. I made it and you did too. Congratulations, I want you to the best for all of us.

Grab your list of ideas, goals, planner or notebook and let’s get started planning for 2014.

#9 Ways to Make 2014 a Year of Winning:

1. Be Specific and Set dates:
The #1 way to turn your plans into actions is to be specific and set dates. Start by setting your priorities and hold yourself accountable. 

2. Create an Action Item List:
When I was a Director of a Women in STEM group at the end of each meeting we created an action item list. This helped the group stay on track. If there was a chance an action item was not completed we discussed what we could do to fix it.

3. Reward Yourself:
Completing an item on your action list, especially when it was difficult is an accomplishment. Remember to reward yourself even if it is small.

4. Analyze your health and diet:
Are you always tired, have a bad attitude or have low energy throughout the day? If so, try drinking more water, eating healthier and adding exercise to your routine. When I feel frustrated, stressed or have many projects going on I take a moment to exercise. Exercise not only helps you stay in shape, it increases your energy level, which then increases your performance. I use the Nike Training Club App and Fitness Blender on YouTube to exercise.

5. Take a Break or Power nap:
Most of the time when we get overwhelmed, exhausted or stressed we need a break. Breaks and/or power naps are a great way to recharge and get focused. Take at least a 25-minute break and at least one power nap a day. You will feel more productive and get things done. Bonus points if you take a break outside.

6. Develop a hobby:
Take 20 minutes out of your day for your hobby as a way to relax. For example, I enjoy doing DIY projects and on the weekends I make it a mission to work on at least one project. DIYs are fun and a good way to unleash your creative side.

7. Learn something new:
If you are bored or need a change, learn something new. There are many free resources available on the Internet and the library. You can take courses on Coursera.org or Edx.org.

8. Read books:
Reading books can help you relax and unwind after a hard day. Check out Elkement’s Reading List. I will share my reading list soon.

9. Self-Mentor and/or find a new mentor:
Another way you can turn your plans into actions is by self-mentoring or find a new mentor. Many times we feel unproductive when we need help. There are many resources on the Internet and my goal is to share them with you. 

What tip was your favorite? Comment below.

5 thoughts on “Welcome to the New Year – 2014

  1. I have probably read too much books on sleep research recently so I am compelled to add “sleep enough”. No – seriously… I spent most of my adult life in a sleep-deprived state and even convinced myself I am a lark and/or only need 4 hours of sleep a day. But extensive scientific tests during vacations without alarm clocks tell me otherwise. Thanks for the pingback!

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