Weston facilitated today’s TED O’clock discussion based on Matt Cutts’ talk entitled, “Try Something New for 30 Days.” A few of the takeaways from the discussion that followed were:
- Time becomes more memorable when you have something that you are focusing on.
- An individual’s confidence can grow when accomplishing the task of doing something for 30 days.
- Anyone can do almost anything for 30 days.
- By making small, sustainable changes over the course of 30 days, it makes it easier for those changes to stick (for example, if you are trying to start or quit a habit).
- This is something anyone can do on their own; you don’t need to be held to someone else’s schedule or needs to do this.
- However, this does have applications for groups of people who would like to accomplish something similar or work on a project together (the idea was suggested that ITS: could have blockly projects within our own division where several division teammates get together to accomplish a common goal in 30 days).
- Weston offered to be a buddy for anyone who wanted to set a task for themselves for 30 days by following up with the person to see how they are doing. Please reach out to Weston directly if you would like to take him up on his offer!
Other ideas generated during the session included starting an ITS: book club, an ITS: laugh club (where people gather just to laugh together), and an ITS: picture-taking challenge (where those who want to participate take a picture a day on campus and share it with others…if you are interested in participating, because those in attendance decided they wanted to do this, and don’t have access to the One Drive site Chad started for this purpose, please let me know).
Weston even shared the idea of standing in a superhero stance for two minutes once a day for 30 days (it has been proven that standing this way helps improve confidence). Here is his version:
Thank you, Weston, for facilitating this TED O’clock talk! If anyone else has suggestions for a TED talk we should watch and would like to lead the discussion, please let me know!
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