Feeling Overwhelmed? Prioritize

If you’re anything like me, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed at this point in the semester. I do a few different things on this campus and the culmination of all my areas of responsibility can feel like at lot, at times. One of my favorite author/blogger/life-hacker/entrepreneurs is Tim Ferriss, and as you can probably guess, he’s all too familiar with the feeling of being overwhelmed. Here’s the thing, you don’t have to give up doing what you like to stop feeling overwhelmed. The keys are to set strict rules about your time and to prioritize your responsibilities. Ferriss gives this advice on his site http://fourhourworkweek.com/2013/11/03/productivity-hacks/:
1) Write down the 3-5 things — and no more — that are making you most anxious or uncomfortable. They’re often things that have been punted from one day’s to-do list to the next, to the next, to the next, and so on. What’s most important usually is most uncomfortable, with some chance of rejection or conflict.
2) For each item, ask yourself:
– “If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?”
– “Will moving this forward make all the other to-do’s unimportant or easier to knock off later?”
3) Look only at the items you’ve answered “yes” to for at least one of these questions.
4) Block out at 2-3 hours to focus on ONE of them for today. Let the rest of the urgent but less-important stuff slide. It will still be there tomorrow.
5) TO BE CLEAR: Block out at 2-3 HOURS to focus on ONE of them for today. This is ONE BLOCK OF TIME. Cobbling together 10 minutes here and there to add up to 120 minutes does not work.
6) If you get distracted or start procrastinating, don’t freak out and go into a downward spiral; just gently come back to your ONE to-do.
I can personally attest to the successfulness of this method. While I don’t always have two hours to block off, I try to work on one task at a time, starting with the ones that stress me out the most. The lesson here is: do what needs to be done, and the rest will fall into place. (With a little luck.)

Say Something

Whenever I sit down to write this column, I feel like I’m writing a TED talk. It’s hard to figure out what to say, what to call it, because God knows it’s not being called “That’s What She Said,” or “That’s What He Said,” or “As We See it.” Not on my watch. So I try to think of something snappy and eye-catching, and it always ends up sounding cheesy or cliche- at least to me. But what I’m trying to say is that no matter how lost I am, no matter if I know what I want to say or not, I have to say something. And inevitably I get a few compliments on how my column was well-written or something of that nature. Because something is always better than nothing. Instead of sitting in silence and letting your grade drop because you’re waiting to find the perfect thing to say in a class that’s based on participation, say something.
Being afraid gets you nowhere.

Liberty and Security: A Balancing Act

Recently, I was asked by a well-respected foreign policy expert to participate in a panel discussion. The title: Limiting Free Speech in an Age of Religious Extremism and Terrorism. [Read more…]

Do something about it

Complaining is a common human behavior. Complaints serve to show that we are dissatisfied with a situation and believe that it can be changed. That’s not a bad thing. As Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” So, to call for change is to call for improvement. Here at Norwich, I hear these calls for improvement every day. [Read more…]

A new Guidon editor, and his thoughts on the disgrace that hit the UP 500

Welcome back may be a bit overdue, but seeing as this is our first issue back from winter break, I’ll say it anyway.

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That’s what he said…

As the fall semester draws to a close, so too does my time here at Norwich University. It has been a crazy roller coaster ride for me to get to this point. The experiences I’ve had at the Wick are ones that I will never forget. I would like to thank all of the students, faculty, and staff that have made my Norwich career something to remember and cherish. [Read more…]

A new issue, a new look

Hello, and welcome to the first issue of The Guidon for this school year. My name is Jake DeHaven and I am the Editor-in-Chief of The Guidon. I’m a criminal justice major in my senior year on “the hill”. I am a member of the Corps of Cadets, holding the rank of Cadet First Lieutenant as a member of the Second Battalion staff. Last year, I worked as a copy editor for our newspaper, discovering my interest in journalism. This year I am excited to lead The Guidon into another great year here at NU.
In this new school year, the efforts of our staff will be devoted to updating and refreshing The Guidon. We hope to build on the greatly increased readership from last year to better connect with the Norwich campus community. First of all, we have moved to a new tabloid-style layout for reader convenience. In addition, we are working to add new content to the paper such as reader-submitted articles, polls, letters to the editor, and reader commentary on current events and interests. I would like to stress the involvement of our campus in this newspaper. We are accepting content submissions from anyone, be it an opinion piece, special interest piece, or anything of the sort. If someone would be interested in writing a column on advice, humor, technology, or anything else, that would also be encouraged. The Guidon is in need of a cartoonist to be featured in each issue of the paper.
I would like to again emphasize this year’s initiative to include reader-developed content. Please do not hesitate to submit any comments, requests, or ideas, or articles to myself or any of The Guidon’s staff. My email address is jdehaven@stu.norwich.edu. I am honored to serve as the editor for our newspaper. With your help, this can be the best version to date. Let’s make it a great year!