SSNaP Life Management Systems: 19 March 2019


Many thanks to Kirstie Hustler from the Advocates Library for providing this guest blog post reflecting on our last SSNaP training event:

In the most recent SSNaP session our convenor, Faye Cook, introduced SLLG members to a number of Life Management Systems which she finds useful in her professional or personal life. Faye made the sometimes strange sounding systems very accessible, giving lots of practical examples of how she makes use of them herself. The session had a great, friendly vibe accompanied by snacks, soft drinks and a panoramic view of Edinburgh.   Everybody took part in an open discussion of the topics. A number of people shared their own life management tools and articles of interest they had read (links to these can be found at the end of this post).

In the days following the session I looked up the systems we had covered and tried some of them out. I realised that I was already using Clean Mama at home but took the revolutionary step of giving my husband his own daily and weekly tasks which he sometimes even manages to do! I also was quite taken with Time Dorks who between them must have a helpful tool for everyone. I like One Big Thing which helps me prioritise things more effectively. I’ve been having a go at doing a Bullet Journal at home but haven’t properly introduced it at work yet.

I am finally “swallowing that frog” by belatedly getting round to doing this blog, which has turned out not to be as difficult as anticipated, so the SSNaP session must be working!

Useful Links:

The Mindful Librarian

Mindful Librarianship, Ellyn Ruhlmann, American Libraries, 1 June 2017

New and Noteworthy: Just Breathe – Mindfulness and Libraries, Jennifer Ann Bartlett, Library Leadership and Management, Vol 31(4), 2017

The Benefits of Journaling for Stress Management, Very Well Mind, 26 October 2018

Forget standing desks: to stay healthy, you’ve got to move all day, The Guardian, 6 February 2019

Sparking joy: use Marie Kondo’s approach to declutter your mind, Guardian, 27 February 2019