Resources for 2017 ALA Presentation: What they don’t teach you in library school: Using emotional intelligence to succeed as academic librarians of color

Step by Step action items:

Habit forming example:

One of the keys to forming good habits is to start small. At the beginning, make the task ridiculously easy to accomplish. Once that becomes a habit, you can then gradually increase the complexity/difficulty of the tasks. For example, let’s say your main goal is to dress well at work, but you tend not to have enough time in the morning to get ready. A good habit to form is to have the outfit picked out the night before, so that you would not have to spend time on it in the morning. Now, to make it ridiculously easy, instead of select the entire ensemble of the outfit, simply pick out the shoes you’re going to wear the next day. It’s simple, and it narrows down the selections of the outfits for the next day, so this simple act immediately shortens the preparation time in the morning. Once it becomes a habit, you could then add more each evening, so that you further cut down the time you need each morning.

Action plan for choosing your outfit for work:

Step 1. Check your schedule the night before
Step 2. Choose your shoes for the next day
Once you have established this habit add
Step 3. Choose your outfit
Step 4. Set out your shoes and outfit so they are ready the next morning
Reward: You aren’t rushed in the morning, you are dressed appropriately for your day.

Reading list on EQ and Diversity: