January 12, 2018: Friday News Roundup

Get your ducks in order, folks! Whether you’re considering a side hustle, running a meeting, or launching a mentorship, you need to be thoughtful, honest, and organized. Today’s roundup has some articles to help you get there.

The Case for Using a Paper Planner
We know: your smartphone is like another appendage that holds all the information you need to run your life. So, why would you consider going analog instead? Because the act of writing by hand forces you to practice mindfulness and can help you remember things. Another advantage is having everything in one place, rather than scattered across various apps.

How To Tackle Impostor Syndrome In The New Year
If you react to achievement and praise with shock and stress, not pride and excitement, you may have impostor syndrome, something that’s “especially prevalent among those who are underrepresented in their fields—for example, women and minorities working in tech.” Let Melinda Gates show you a few strategies for overcoming self-doubt.

How to Figure Out What Your Side Hustle Should Be
Is this even a question? You should be teaching on Udemy, of course! But maybe you need something on the side of Udemy, so this article could help you weigh your options. As the author says, “Entrepreneurship, even in the form of part-time work to complement a traditional day job, can provide a useful hedge against economic uncertainty and a way to develop new skills.”

Here’s What Makes Mentorship Work
Pretty much everyone agrees mentorships are worthwhile, but they do take time, investment, and effort to see a payoff. Based on a study of 100 mentor-mentee relationships, this blog post offers a comprehensive guide to making these valuable pairings rewarding for both participants.

How to Host Strategic Conversations That Inspire Creativity, Innovation and Engagement
There are times when a quick exchange over chat is all you need and other times when you need to have that discussion face to face. Unfortunately, the digital world has conditioned us to default to technology and avoid the hard work of in-person communication. This article provides a framework for “decisive dialog for decision making.”