plenary THERE’S A MEETING FOR THAT? A Twinning Event
Seeing Double Every year since 1976, the small city of Twinsburg, Ohio, has celebrated identical and fraternal twins alike with a weekend full of games, parties, and parades. Twins Days draws more than 4,000 look-alikes annually. The theme for the 2012 festival was “Superheroes: Twin Power!”
Twins Days Festival + Itsy, Bitsy, Tiny Wins + The Intersection Series
TIPSTER Just Get Going
In The 60-Second Self-Starter: Sixty Solid Techniques for Motivating Yourself at Work, time-management expert Jeff Davidson tackles procrastination head-on. Here’s tip #39:
For whatever you’re trying to tackle, find some element of it that you can complete quickly and easily, and get an immediate
1 Attendees dive right into the festivities at Twins Days.
2 Twins celebrate their special powers at the Double Take Parade.
3 Two young attendees show off their super side.
4 More than 2,000 sets of twins registered for the 2012 Twins Days.
“win.” Even if it’s an itsy, bitsy, tiny win. For most career professionals, that’s a far easier method of getting started than tackling a dificult portion of it first. If you can tackle several small tasks, all the better. Using a method espoused by time- management guru Alan Lakein, ask yourself,
“What are three to five things I could do to progress toward the final objective, without actually tackling a project head-on?” Then initiate these “easy entry” activities. Often, they are enough to get your motor running, and head out on the highway. As an example, suppose you’re facing a
dificult project. How could you get an easy win right off the bat? Open up the file folder, visually scan the contents, and look for something that’s familiar to you. Often, that represents an easy entry point. Conversely, sometimes simply organizing
materials, putting them into smaller file folders, stapling items, bookmarking websites, or rearranging the order of things represents a good, early win. Now at least you have a better handle on the project, the supporting items are arranged in their order of importance, and the probability that you’ll continue on is reasonably assured.